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Posted by Sam, November 8, 2019

How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs shortlisted for a 2020 Blue Peter Book Award!

We’re incredibly proud to announce that How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs, by Dr Sheila Kanani and illustrated by Sol Linero, has been shortlisted for a 2020 Blue Peter Book Award in the Best Book with Facts category!

Now in its nineteenth year, the enormously popular and influential Blue Peter Awards recognise and celebrate the best authors, most creative illustrators, and greatest reads for children. Our very own Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham – the creative duo behind the hugely popular Baby Aliens series – are previous winners of the award, so we’re thrilled to have another Nosy Crow book recognised.

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:

‘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!’

And here’s a video of the author, Dr Shelia Kanani, introducing her book:

Take a look inside the book below:

You can pick up a copy of the book at Waterstones here, the Hive here, our website here. The winners will be announced in March next year. For more information about the award, and to view the shortlist, click here.

Congratulations Sheila and Sol!