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Head outside and look up. What do you see? At night you might see stars, the moon, the Milky Way, and planets! During the day all these things will still be there, but they'll be hidden by the bright light of the sun. Astronomy is the study of celestial objects and what's beyond the nebulous boundaries of space.

In Astronomy: Cool Women in Space , young readers will be inspired by stories of women who have made great strides in a field that takes courage, persistence, and creativity to pursue. Most people have heard of Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, but have you heard of Maria Mitchell or Caroline Herschel? For many decades, female astronomers have been defining the field by making discoveries that changed the human relationship with space. Astronomy: Cool Women in Space will introduce young readers to three women who are bringing the science of astronomy forward and inspiring the next generation of astronomers.

The primary sources, essentials questions, and knowledge connections within Astronomy: Cool Women in Space encourage both boys and girls to explore our celestial world while being inspired to ask what role they might play in the next discovery.


Author Notes

Anita Yasuda is the author of more than 100 books for children. She enjoys writing biographies, books about science, social studies, and chapter books. In 2012, she won the gold Moonbeam award for her book Explore The Wild West! 25 Great Activities. She is a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). She completed her degree at the University of Toronto. Anita lives with her family in Huntington Beach, California where you can find her on most days walking her dog along the shore.


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Booklist Review

The women featured in this Girls in Science series share more than a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. Starting at a young age all were discouraged from pursuing paths in STEM fields. These books seek to rectify this oversight by encouraging today's girls to consider special topics in science and technology. Each begins with a brief definition and historical overview of the topic before focusing on the lives, careers, successes, and influences of three distinguished women scientists or engineers. Astronomy: Cool Women in Space highlights Nancy Grace Roman, also known as the mother of Hubble for her role in the development of the Hubble Space Telescope; Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a black British planetary scientist, educator, and presenter on the show The Sky at Night; and Andrea Ghez, an astronomer and physicist who researches black holes. Numerous sidebars include further background information, mini profiles of more prominent females in STEM, and thought-provoking questions. A worthy addition to STEM collections.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2015 Booklist


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