How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs is the runner-up for the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards!


The winners of the 2020 Blue Peter Book Awards have been announced – and we’re very excited to announce that How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs is a runner-up in the Best Book with Facts category!

The enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Book Awards recognise and celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators, and greatest reads for children.

And we’re thrilled that How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs,by Dr Sheila Kanani and illustrated by Sol Linero, has been received a special mention!

Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut, a spaceship engineer or to work at Mission Control? Find out all about space and all the incredible space jobs you could do, from training to be a space chef or designing spacesuits to searching for new planets we could live on, or even blasting into space and living in the International Space Station. This book will inspire anyone with an interest in science and space exploration.

Filled with fantastic facts about space, unusual jobs, and bold illustrations throughout, this is a great non-fiction book for any child fascinated with space. Here are a few words from the Editor, Tegen Evans:

“I’ve always been fascinated by space, so working with Dr Sheila Kanani and Sol Linero on this book was an absolute dream. Readers can discover exactly what it takes to become an astronaut, and if living in zero gravity doesn’t sound like your thing, there are so many space jobs to explore here on Earth. This book is proof that any child, no matter what their background, can work in the space industry when they grow up!”

You can take a look inside the book below:

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs is available at Waterstones here, the Hive here, our website here. Find out more information about the award, and view the winners, here.

And if you liked this book, the second book in the series, How to Be a Footballer and Other Sports Jobs, is publishing this May. We’ll be sharing more about this in the coming weeks!

Congratulations Sheila and Sol!


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