"The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars" tells the story of astronomer Edwin Hubble by imagining his childhood wonder of the night sky.
The picture book follows Hubble from his youth and paints his biography in a way that teaches and entertains. We aren't the only ones who think so: the book has garnered several awards since its publication. The California Reading Association made it a EUREKA! Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award Winner; Air & Space Magazine named it the Best Children's Book of 2021; and it has received great marks from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly and The New York Times.
If Hubble's name sounds familiar, he is the figure whose name was lent to the famous space telescope that has been photographing the universe for more than 30 years. Hubble is renowned for determining that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is expanding.
Hardcover editions of "The Boy Whose Head Was Filled with Stars" are now available for $13.00 at Amazon. That's almost $5 (28%) less expensive than its retail price.
The book will bring the magic of curiosity to your home this holiday season. Published early this year, the illustrated book beautifully pairs a trio of thematic questions — "How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from?" — with speckled starscapes and sweeping lines.
The 52-page book was written by children's book author Isabelle Marinov. Astrophysicist and science communicator Roberto Trotta collaborated on the book. The fantastic illustrations were created by Deborah Marcero.
Trotta and Marcero have other space-themed books out there, so check them out if you'd like to add to your cosmic collection.
Trotta's 2014 book, "The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is" can be purchased as a hardcover at Amazon for $14.14.
If you want more of Marcero's gorgeous illustrations (and you will), the first book in her Haylee and Comet series was published in 2021. Hardcover editions of "Haylee and Comet: A Tale of Cosmic Friendship" are now on sale for $13.60 at Amazon. The series follows a girl and her comet friend, and the next two books of their story will be published in 2022.
The Edge of the Sky: All You Need to Know About the All-There-Is - Illustrated Book:
$16.99 $14.14 at Amazon
The Edge of the Sky, written by astrophysicist Roberto Trotta, tells the story of the most important discoveries and mysteries in modern cosmology. Scientific American has called it a "poetic primer" for complex cosmology topics like the Big Bang and the possibility of multiverses.
Haylee and Comet: A Tale of Cosmic Friendship - Illustrated Book
$17.99 $13.60 at Amazon
Little Haylee has wished for a friend, and is overjoyed when a comet falls into her arms wanting a buddy too. This is the first of the Haylee and Comet series; the next two books are scheduled to be published in 2022.
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Doris is a science journalist and Space.com contributor. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Communications at Fordham University in New York City. Her first work was published in collaboration with London Mining Network, where her love of science writing was born. Her passion for astronomy started as a kid when she helped her sister build a model solar system in the Bronx. She got her first shot at astronomy writing as a Space.com editorial intern and continues to write about all things cosmic for the website. Doris has also written about microscopic plant life for Scientific American’s website and about whale calls for their print magazine. She has also written about ancient humans for Inverse, with stories ranging from how to recreate Pompeii’s cuisine to how to map the Polynesian expansion through genomics. She currently shares her home with two rabbits. Follow her on twitter at @salazar_elin.