Mae Among the Stars

Written by Roda Ahmed

Illustrated by Stasia Burrington

Best for ages 4-8

Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts! 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. (via Amazon)

Small Talk

Here are some conversation starters to get you and your little one talking about the book!

  1. Mae wanted to be an astronaut when she grew up – what do you want to be when you grow up? 
  2. How do you think Mae felt when her teacher told her she couldn’t be an astronaut? 
  3. Mae’s mom and dad encouraged her to follow her dream. What are some ways the grownups in your life encourage you? Grownups – what are some ways the kids in your life encourage you? 
  4. Mae worked really hard to be an astronaut! What are some things you can do to reach your dreams?


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You can read about Mae too!

Check out Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life by Dr. Mae Jeminson.

Following her childhood dreams, Mae Jemison grew to become an accomplished woman as a chemical engineer, scientist, physician, and astronaut while having made her mark in the history books as the first African-American woman to travel into space. (via Amazon)

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