A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of the Month!
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 Mae’s 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.
About the Author
Roda Ahmed is a Norwegian author and columnist born in Hargeisa, Somalia. Roda is the bestselling author of Forberedelsen (The Preparations). Mae Among the Stars is her first children’s book. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. Roda lives in LA with her husband and two children. For more info check out www.rodaworld.com.
Stasia Burrington is a Japanese-American illustrator and fine artist who makes her home in SeaTac, Washington, with her partner and two cats. She loves experimental cooking, camping, and everything having to do with science and science fiction.
“An enchanting, inspirational account of Jemison’s early life that illustrates the importance of encouraging and supporting children’s dreams.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Ahmed and Burrington have created a love letter to Jemison with this appealing picture book biography. The emphasis on Jemison’s lifelong passion for space science will inspire readers to have confidence in the trajectory of their own interests.”
— School Library Journal
"Ahmed’s first children’s book presents a fictional portrait of a young Mae Jemison, whose parents support her dream of becoming an astronaut; their advice (“If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible”) becomes the book’s refrain."
— Publishers Weekly
“A starry addition to picture book biography collections.”
— School Library Journal
“Burrington’s cute, playful paintings match the dreamy focus of the story, particularly her star-splattered nighttime scenes. The inspirational tone
will strike the right note for those just learning about the astronaut.”