Astronaut Annie

by Suzanne Slade (Author) Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator)

Astronaut Annie
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Career Day is approaching, and Annie can't wait to show her family what she's planning to be when she grows up. But, she must keep it a secret until Friday! So curious family members each ask Annie for a clue.

Convinced that she'll be a news reporter like he once was, Grandpop gives her his old camera and notebook to use for her presentation. Grandma is sure Annie wants to be a champion baker like her, so she offers a mixing bowl and oven mitts to Annie. Hopeful she'll become the mountain climber he aspired to be, Dad gives Annie an old backpack. Mom presents Annie with a pair of high-top sneakers to pursue Mom's favorite sport in high school -- basketball.

Grateful for each gift, Annie cleverly finds a way to use them all to create her Career Day costume. When the big day arrives, Annie finally reveals her out-of-this-world dream to everyone.


Kirkus Reviews

A solid, small step for diversifying STEM stories. 

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Annie is preparing for Career Day at school, and is trying to follow her teacher's directive to keep her career choice a secret. Every evening she works on her costume while her family asks for hints. Grandpop gives her a camera in hopes she will aspire to be a journalist like him. Grandma tells her about her days winning awards for her desserts and lets Annie borrow her mixing bowl and oven mitts. Dad is convinced that she'll wants to be a mountain climber like him; and when Mom asks for a hint, she gives Annie some high-top sneakers hoping Annie will be a basketball player like she is. Annie does not commit to any of her family members' career choices, but in the end shows that she can blend something from everyone and make it her own. Readers will have no doubt that Annie is well equipped to follow her dream to travel into space. The illustration of her room shows planets hanging from the ceiling, stars and moons on her bedspread and tissue box, space posters on the walls, and a telescope for stargazing. Tadgell's watercolor illustrations are kid-friendly and complementary to Slade's concise storytelling. Back matter gives a short biography of four female astronauts, information about the phases of the moon, and a list of sources to learn more. VERDICT Strong, succinct text with complementary illustrations make this a great purchase for school and public library collections.--Jennifer Steib Simmons, Anderson County Library, SC

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

the perfect book for any aspiring astro-lover of any age or gender—Best Kids Books of 2018 (12/12/2018)
Suzanne Slade
Suzanne Slade is the author of over 150 children's books, including Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, a Sibert Honor book; and Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, a Junior Library Guild book. An engineer by training, she worked on rockets and cars before beginning her writing career.

Edwin Fotheringham is the award-winning illustrator of many picture book biographies, including Eleanor Makes Her Mark, Full of Beans, Blue Grass Boy, What to Do About Alice?, and Those Rebels, John & Tom. He is also the illustrator of the Tony Baloney series by Pam Muñoz Ryan.
Illustrator website edfotheringham.com
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780884485230
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
M
Publisher
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date
March 20, 2018
Series
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★ PBS Books "Best Children's Picture Books of 2018"

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