Astronauts Zoom: An Astronaut Alphabet


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Author: Deborah Lee Rose

Target: Ages 0-7
Format: Children’s A to Z Picture Book / Hard Cover
Pages: 36
Dimensions: 10″ x 10″


Download a Q&A conducted by Reading is Fundamental with author Deborah Lee Rose here!

Winner of the 2021 De Bary Children’s Science Award (Children 5-7 years old). The book was launched to the International Space Station with 4 astronauts on March 2, 2023—Read Across America Day. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata read it aloud on board the ISS for Story Time From Space.

Common Sense Media A+ for Educational Value and Positive Role Models 

California Department of Education Recommended Literature List 

“Figuratively and literally out of this world!” The Washington Post Book Club

All three NASA astronauts named to the next Artemis flight to the Moon are in Astronauts Zoom!

From A to Z, “you are there” NASA photos capture real women and men astronauts on the International Space Station doing all kinds of work—and having fun! Diverse astronauts from around the world include NASA’S first all-woman spacewalk team and the first African American astronaut on a 6-month mission to the space station.

With STEM-rich text and action words, ASTRONAUTS ZOOM! gives kids a space-eye view from the time astronauts awake till they’re zipped in for the night. Kids will also discover how astronauts practice on Earth, getting dressed in spacesuits and “spacewalking” in NASA’s training pool. Lots of hands-on STEAM ideas are included—like exploring science and engineering activities, making videos “from space,” even throwing a space pizza party!

Author Information

Deborah Lee Rose is the internationally published author of Scientists Get Dressed, winner of the national DeBary Award for Outstanding Science Books for Children, coauthor of Swoop and Soar, and coauthor of Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle, winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books and the Bank Street College Cook Prize for Best STEM Picture Book (all published by Persnickety Press/WunderMill Books). She is also the author of the beloved books Jimmy the JoeyThe Twelve Days of KindergartenThe Twelve Days of Winter, and Into the A, B, Sea: An Ocean Alphabet which has sold more than a quarter million copies. Her books have been included in major language arts collections and reading curricula, and published in multiple languages. Deborah was senior science writer for UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, where she worked on many groundbreaking STEM education projects, including several funded by NASA. She directed communications for the ALA/AASL honored, NSF-funded STEM education website Deborah lives in Silver Spring, MD and speaks at conferences, public book events, schools and libraries across the country.


“A fizzy mix of space fun and science!” ―Kirkus Reviews

“This picture book offers a wonderful opportunity for the youngest readers to develop verbal language. Plentiful photographs depict astronauts aboard a space station conducting a variety of tasks, which will allow early language learners to ask questions and engage in discussion. Each page contains a different letter showcasing various activities. Some tasks are serious and some are scientific; some are funny and some are surprising, like astronauts playing guitars in space. The featured astronauts include men and women and showcase individuals of many races and backgrounds. The language is simple enough to keep the youngest readers interested, but the engaging vocabulary will help facilitate language development. The author’s notes also provide additional information. This title could be a strong introduction to space travel or serve as a mentor text for young writers to create their own ABC book. VERDICT A good choice for lower elementary libraries. Children will enjoy learning about astronauts to practice their language skills.” — School Library Journal

“An absolutely wonderful way to bring the divergent fields of science to life, and create both a curiosity in and a connection with science among young readers. The book introduces readers to a diverse range of scientists and the very different clothing they need to wear. The scientists’ dedication and enjoyment of their work is unmistakable in the book’s photos, many never published before. While the scientists in the book include pioneers in their fields and environmental heroes, Scientists Get Dressed captures the important fact that scientists work everywhere, and are everyday people children might encounter…”  Christine Royce, National Science Teaching Association

Additional information

Weight1.2 lbs
Dimensions10 × 10 × .35 in

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