Mae Among the Stars

Mae Among the Stars

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 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.--from the publisher

40 pages    978-0062651730    Ages 4-9


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

When Mae Jemison was a young girl she had a dream.  When she grew up, she wanted to see the Earth. Not the flowers, grass, forest and mountains view of the Earth, no, she wanted to see the Earth from "out there."

Her mother explained to her that she would need to become an astronaut.  Mae was born in 1956 and graduated from high school in 1973.  Let's go to the panoramic view here. Look around in 1973.  Do you see any African American female astronauts?  No, there were no African American female astronauts...well, that is until 1987.

This is a story of grit, determination, courage, self-respect, self-reliance, you name it...she had it.  She also had a mother who taught her to believe in herself.  Inspiration on steroids here and the message is loud and clear...just listen to Mae's mother...if you dream it, believe it and work hard for it, your dream will come true, too.  So, what are you waiting for?

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,

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