Her Name Was Mary Katharine

The Only Woman Whose Name Is on the Declaration of Independence


By Ella Schwartz

Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

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A rousing picture book biography of the only woman whose name is printed on the Declaration of Independence.

Born in 1738, Mary Katharine Goddard came of age in colonial Connecticut as the burgeoning nation prepared for the American Revolution. As a businesswoman and a newspaper publisher, Goddard paved the way for influential Revolutionary media. Her remarkable accomplishments as a woman defied societal norms and set the stage for a free and open press. When the Continental Congress decreed that the Declaration of Independence be widely distributed, one person rose to the occasion and printed the document—boldly inserting her name at the bottom with a printing credit: Mary Katharine Goddard.

Here is an important biography of a groundbreaking woman who had the courage to write herself into the history she helped create.

A CBC Children's Favorite Award Winner
A CBC Teacher and Librarian Favorite Award Winner

An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Selection

  • Praise for Her Name Was Mary Katharine:
    A CBC Children's Favorite Award Winner
    A CBC Teacher and Librarian Favorite Award Winner

    An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies SelectionA Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Picture Book Award Winner

    "This brings deserved attention to an overlooked patriot, and is highly recommended."
    School Library Journal
  • "The story of the printer, postmaster, and patriot whose choices played a significant role in American history….Accessible and engaging.…A solid resource for examining historical perspectives and concepts of inclusion, exclusion, justice, and fairness."

On Sale
Jan 25, 2022
Page Count
40 pages

Ella Schwartz

About the Author

Ella Schwartz is the award-winning author of Can You Crack the Code?: A Fascinating History of Ciphers and Cryptography, which won the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books. In addition to writing books, Ella is a cybersecurity warrior interfacing with the US federal government on strategic technology initiatives. She lives in New York with her husband and three sons. She invites you to visit her at ellasbooks.com.
Dow Phumiruk is the award-winning illustrator of Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, which won the Bank Street College of Education Cook Prize and was named an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book as well as an NCTM Mathical Honor Book, among many other honors; An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America; and Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, which was an Amazon Best Book of the Year and an NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. A general pediatrician with a passion for art, Dow lives in Colorado with her family. She invites you to visit her at artbydow.com.

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