Mae Among the Stars

By Roda Ahmed, Stasia Burrington (illustrator),

Book cover of Mae Among the Stars

Book description

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…

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2 authors picked Mae Among the Stars as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

“If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible.” This passage is why I absolutely love this book. This is repeated several times throughout this beautiful picture book that is based on the life of astronaut, Dr. Mae Jemison. Mae’s parents were very supportive of her dream of going to space, but Mae’s teacher suggested that perhaps she become a nurse rather than an astronaut. She proved her wrong! Mae also became a doctor, a Peace Corp medical officer, and the first Black female astronaut. Mae is definitely among the stars!

Mae Among the Stars is a gorgeous picture book biography of Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel to space. This inspiring book dives into the life of a truly amazing woman who defied the boundaries imposed on her by others and fulfilled her dream of becoming an astronaut. I like that despite the doubts of others, Mae didn’t give up; she persevered and became a highly educated doctor, engineer, and NASA astronaut. 

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