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Mae Among the Stars.

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A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts!

When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering.

She wanted to be an astronaut.

Her mom told her,

If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.

Little Maes curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.

Mae Jemison - American Engineer

The book idea for Mae Among the Stars came to me when I was looking for books about female heros to read to my daughter. Most of the books I found were about the history of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman etc. All great books, but she was too little to understand the context.

 

I started doing research about other stories I could show her with girls who looked like her. Through my research I was surprised, I had no idea an African American woman traveled to space. Turns out, none of my diverse group of friends knew about her either.

 

After years of looking for picture books about Mae, I decided to make one myself. I want kids growing up to know about her amazing story the way we know about all the other great astronauts such as  Sally Ride, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. I want to add Mae Jemison to the stories we tell our kids.

Why Mae?

An enchanting, inspirational account of Jemison's early life that illustrates the importance of encouraging and supporting children's dreams.

A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.