About the book
A brand new question-and-answer book from award-winning scientist and BBC broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Am I Made of Stardust? is for insatiably curious young minds everywhere.
From whether there are rainbows on other planets, to what dinner tastes like on the International Space Station, this book is packed full of fabulous facts, mind-blowing insights and engaging explanations from the renowned space scientist.
Am I Made of Stardust? is written in Dr Maggie’s fun, accessible style, that readers came to know and love in her first book, Dr Maggie’s Grand Tour of the Solar System, and features out-of-this-world NASA photographs and stunning illustrations from Chelen Écija.
What did the judges think?
Judge and TV presenter Dr Ranj Singh said: "The universe fascinates most of us, but especially children. I loved the question-and-answer format of this book, and it really felt like a conversation between the reader and the author. The science is excellently presented and answers all sorts of questions about our universe, some of which I never would’ve thought to ask myself!"
About the author and illustrator
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE is a space scientist and pioneering figure in communicating science to children and adults. She is committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists. Dr Maggie has spoken directly to over 350,000 people globally and, in 2009, was appointed an MBE for her services to science and education. She currently presents the new series of BBC’s The Sky at Night and Mini Stargazing for CBeebies. In 2016 she was nominated for a Children’s Presenter BAFTA and she recently won the Institute of Physics gold medal for exceptional services to science education and physics communication. She is the current President of the British Science Association.
Chelen Écija is an illustrator and a lettering artist based in Madrid, Spain. Painting and lettering are her passions and playing with letterpress type is her hobby. She is also addicted to travelling, eating sunflower seeds and buying new books. She has worked for numerous publishers including Penguin Random House, Scholastic and Hachette.