Earlier today I found out about Story Time from Space, a project coming from nonprofit Global Space Education Foundation, which features astronauts reading children’s books from the International Space Station, which is definitely something I would’ve been waaaay too into as a kid.
Patricia Tribe, former director of education at Space Center Houston, told HuffPost
What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading? You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.
Story Time from Space started with astronaut Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. reading Max Goes to the Moon by Jeffrey Bennett. He read the tale on the final flight of the space shuttle Discovery. Since the project’s launch, other stories have been told from space, including Next Time You See a Sunset by Emily Morgan and Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. The footage is available on the Story Time from Space site and YouTube.
The team behind Story Time from Space includes astronauts, scientists, and educators of all types, and the team follows strict guidelines when it comes to choosing the books they’ll read. Beyond being “neat”, they must be readable in about 15 minutes, relate to the STEM field, and be scientifically accurate.
“We don’t want to perpetuate any misinformation,” Tribe said.
I’m so excited to see this project continue, because my two favorite loves are books and space.
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