When it comes to children’s books about science, projects on Kickstarter appear to be leading the charge. The Science Wide Open series was a recent hit, and “My Name Is Stardust” is looking to follow suit with an adorable book that’s inspired by the famous Carl Sagan quote “we are made of star stuff” and the work of of Neil deGrasse Tyson:
When Bailey was eight years old, she was watching the TV program Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with her family. In that evening’s episode, the 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 up to the family computer, opened a new document, and started writing what eventually became this 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 versions of the story, and feedback from numerous parents and children, the story for My Name is Stardust was finalized.
The project has nearly reached its funding goal with a little over a week left in the campaign. Check out the project video below to learn more, and head on over to Kickstarter to get your copy.