About the Stardust Series of Books
One evening when Bailey Harris was eight years old, she was watching the television program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with her family. In that episode, host and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson said, “The planets, the stars, the galaxies, we ourselves and all of life—the same star stuff.” Bailey was so excited by this idea that she immediately went to the family computer, opened a new document, and started writing what eventually became her first book, so that she could share what she had learned with children everywhere.
Bailey worked with her father over the next year to develop a story that they felt would teach children this idea, along with other areas of science such as evolution and astronomy, most effectively. After various revisions with the help of feedback from numerous scientists, parents, and children, the story for My Name is Stardust was finalized. The book was launched through a highly successful 2016 Kickstarter campaign. My Name is Stardust was released in 2017 and has sold thousands of copies worldwide.
Sharing a Passion for Learning
The success of My Name is Stardust has enabled Bailey and Douglas to help spread their passion for science to families around the world. While promoting their book at Book Expo in NYC in 2017, they were interviewed by Helen Little for The Public Library Podcast on iHeartRadio about science, education and literature. Douglas was also a featured expert panel speaker on Science and Education at BookCon 2017.
Stardust Explores the Solar System
The second book in the series, Stardust Explores the Solar System, starts off with the Big Bang, explains the formation of our Sun and the planets, then takes young readers on an exciting ride through the Solar System. The book is in the process of editing and finalizing artwork.
The public will receive early access to the book through this Kickstarter campaign. Stardust Explores the Solar System will then be featured at Book Expo and BookCon in NYC in June, followed by an international book release in October.
We were surprised and gratified to meet and exceed our initial goal so quickly! Here are some "stretch goals" that will benefit some lucky schools, as well as netting some additional fun rewards for our current supporters.
Stretch Goal Details
AU, EU, US, and CA Friendly Shipping
All rewards for backers within Australia, the U.S., Canada, and the EU will ship from distributors within these countries or regions, thus avoiding import fees and taxes.
Book One: My Name Is Stardust
My Name is Stardust, the first book in the series, takes young readers on an accessible, yet scientifically accurate tour of the history of the known universe so far. The book begins with the concept that all matter in the universe is composed of dust from exploded stars. Each page then introduces a progressively more advanced or evolved expression of that matter: from the Milky Way Galaxy to our Solar System; the Earth; single-celled organisms; dinosaurs; early mammals; Lucy, our earliest known "human" ancestor; and all of us, we learn that we are all made of stardust.
You can learn more about the first book at the My Name is Stardust website.
Endorsements for My Name Is Stardust
“In simple text and beautiful illustrations, My Name is Stardust elegantly captures what Neil DeGrasse Tyson called “the most astounding fact” — that we are literally stardust, and that this connects us to everything that ever was and ever will be. A captivating addition to the literature of science and wonder for the youngest minds.”
- Dale McGowan, author of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers
“There is no fact in science that is more awe-inspiring and deeply meaningful than that we are made of stardust, the remnants of exploded stars billions of years ago that through the process of evolution have turned into conscious creatures called humans. My Name Is Stardust is the best children’s book that captures the beauty of this fact of nature and one that should be read by every child on the planet to put into perspective our place in the cosmos.”
- Michael Shermer, publisher, Skeptic magazine; columnist, Scientific American; author of The Moral Arc
“Curiosity about a few universal questions lies at the base of the uniquely human exploration of the cosmos which we call science. Who am I? Where did I come from? My Name Is Stardust captures the excitement of its young author’s exploration of her world and its origins.”
- Eric Meikle, Former Education Project Director at the National Center for Science Education
Some Reader Reviews of My Name is Stardust
Risks and challenges
Stardust Explores the Solar System is in the process of being professionally edited and the illustrations are nearly complete. We are very close to being able to print the books and at this point we don't anticipate any issues with being able to ship all rewards in April.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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