12 year-old author Bailey Harris wants to share her love of science, passion for learning, and sense of wonder at the universe. She is preparing to publish her third book. Stardust Explores Earth's Wonders is a beautifully illustrated picture book for young readers and pre-readers that features accessible concepts and sound science.
One evening when Bailey 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.
Bailey worked with her father, Douglas, 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 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 and has sold thousands of copies all over the world.
The success of My Name is Stardust enabled Bailey to help spread her passion for science to families around the world. While at Book Expo in NYC in 2017, she and her dad 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.
Bailey also began to work on her next book, Stardust Explores the Solar System, which presented the Sun, the planets, and concepts such as the Big Bang and the origins of the solar system.
Stardust Explores the Solar System was launched via another very successful Kickstarter campaign in February 2018.
Stardust Explores Earth's Wonders brings back Stardust, the wide-eyed, science-loving heroine of the series. The book also introduces a new character, her little brother Vincent, who learns an exciting fact: every living thing on Earth is related! Addressing scientific concepts such as continental drift, fossil records, and evolution in a simple and understandable manner, Stardust explains to Vincent how all life on Earth -- including people -- evolved from earlier life forms, and how we are able to know this today.
Children today are subjected to a constant stream of information -- and misinformation -- from so many different sources and in such quantities that it would have been difficult to picture just a generation or two ago. More than ever before, it is crucial for kids to learn how to learn; in other words, how to figure out what's real, what isn't, and why it's important to know the difference.
Like the first two books in the Stardust series, Stardust Explores Earth's Wonders uses simple, charming stories and beautiful artwork to inspire curiosity about the world and universe. At the same time, it teaches the scientific method and demonstrates the importance of evidence-based reasoning, using accessible real-world examples. In a time when acceptance of scientific principles has become a political stance in itself, it is vital that the next generation of scientists, leaders, and parents learn these principles.
All rewards for backers within Australia, the US, Canada, and the EU will ship from distributors within these countries or regions, thus avoiding import fees and taxes.
Risks and challenges
Stardust Explores Earth's Wonders is in the process of being professionally edited and we have started the illustration process. Illustrations and layout should be completed by the end of November and we will print the book shortly thereafter. We have already completed this process with the first two books in the series, so we don't anticipate any issues with being able to have the books printed for reward fulfillment in February.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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