The Story of Mae Jemison

by Amy Drorbaugh

Hero for Dreamers!

5.0 rating
April 2, 2021

This was such an inspiring story of an incredible woman who didn’t give up. Her love of life and learning is contagious!

Lezlie I.

Inspiring biography

5.0 rating
March 26, 2021

We loved reading about Mae Jemison, the first female African American astronaut. My girls and boys alike were inspired by her hard work to make her dreams come true! We ended up watching youtube videos to learn more about her and about her mission into space. One of my kids really wants to work for NASA one day, so he especially enjoyed this book. My girls who dance were excited that Mae also excelled in dance, as well as being a scientist and a doctor.

Danielle B

Inspiring story!

5.0 rating
February 20, 2021

I read this to my kids and we all really enjoyed learning about Mae Jemison. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is told just right for the various ages of my kids. Ms Jemison is truly inspirational in her determination, curiosity, and love of all things beautiful. She’s a great example of working hard and overcoming obstacles to achieve her goals.

Mackenzie S


5.0 rating
February 8, 2021

Mae Jemison’s story is unique and inspiring. I read her autobiography and this book is a great picture book biography that retells her story to space in way that is interesting for all ages. She had a dream as a young child and worked hard to fulfill that dream.

Linda L

What a Remarkable Woman!

5.0 rating
January 27, 2021

I knew Mae Jemison must’ve been brilliant to be sent to space, but I had no idea she was so well rounded! I’m inspired by her humanitarian contributions, work ethic, and resilience. Surely, she’s a role model for boys and girls alike of all racial backgrounds. Amy Drorbaugh did a great job writing her biography, and I really like Marta Koshutinska’s illustrations. The photographs of Mae Jemison on the last page are a nice finishing touch.

Ann M.
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Picture Book for All Ages

“I realized I would feel comfortable anywhere in the universe—because I belonged to and was a part of it, as much as any star, planet, asteroid, comet, or nebula.”

Young Mae Jemison was a dreamer. While other girls were expected to become nurses or teachers, Mae just knew she would one day become an astronaut. Fascinated by science and the night sky, Mae pushed through the obstacles before her to become the first female African American astronaut. People everywhere will be inspired by this story of aspiration, determination, and grit and will discover that they can achieve anything they can conceive!

32 pages, full-color, 11″X8.5″

This book is an optional read-aloud book for our Space Science unit and is included in the optional Read Aloud Book Pack which is suggested to accompany that unit.

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