Book Recommendation: Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone

My friend and fellow children’s author Tanya Lee Stone has put all of her passion and research skills into a book that is guaranteed to change the lives of young women who dream of great achievements in science and technology. Not only do I recommend the book, but I also recommend that readers in the DC area mark their calendars for Tanya’s speaking events next month.

The book is Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. It has received numerous rave reviews and endorsements that tell me it will certainly compete for major awards next year. (You read it here first, folks!)

Here’s some of the publisher’s dust jacket copy:

Did you know? Take a journey back to 1961 and discover the 13 women pilots who had the Right Stuff to become America’s first female astronauts. They took all the Mercury 7 tests and performed as well or better than the men, but NASA was not ready to let women into the space program. Even after a Congressional hearing.

Tanya will be speaking at two prestigious venues in Washington DC on March 14:

1) 10AM-12 PM
Talk and signing at Politics & Prose bookstore

2) Family Day
National Air & Space Museum/Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Women in Aviation & Space Day

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Author, Tanya Lee Stone will be speaking to the public

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Book Signing Almost Astronauts by author, Tanya Lee Stone

I’m so proud to know Tanya, and I hope this posting prompts many of you to discover her work.

And if you want to thank me for this introduction, please also take the time to discover my contribution to the “Women’s Adventures in Science” middle-grade biography series, Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hammel.

Fred Bortz
Children’s Science Books
Science Book Reviews

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