Mae Among the Stars

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062651730
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 40,074
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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

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.

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Mae Among the Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
coffeysnewreads More than 1 year ago
This is an inspiring story about a little girl who wanted to dance in the stars. It’s about following your dreams and your passion and blocking out the nay-sayers. This is a good rule to remember for anyone who wants to follow his or her dreams. Dr. Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to travel in space. Mae dreamt of going into space, even as a little girl. Fortunately Mae had the love and support from her parents. Favorite line- (Mae’s mother and father) “If you dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible.” As a retired teacher I would love to say her teacher fell the supportive category too but she didn’t. Read the story to find out what Mae’s teacher told her and how her classmates treated Mae. Many dreamers would have cast their dreams aside if they were in Mae’s shoes but not our Mae. Mae traveled to space on the shuttle, Endeavor. I call that mission accomplished! Stasia Burrington’s illustrations include nice pleasing colors, except when Mae is sad. That double page spread is blue-toned watercolor shades with no other colors except white and black. I love the sweet, simplistic faces the artist uses to capture the character’s feelings. There are many double page spreads to put you in the story.