Mother and Daughter Team Write and Illustrate New Star Story
I have written a children’s book about the night sky. Please read on to hear about the book and how you can help bring this story to the world!
“Cassandra and the Night Sky” is about a brave girl who grows up in a land without stars. She stumbles upon the night sky, thought to be stolen by an evil king and courageously brings it back for all to enjoy.
Being an astronomy educator, I tell star stories quite often. My favorite stories aren’t the Greek and Roman stories you often hear. I get inspired by star stories from different cultures. In one of my classes I gave the students a blank star field and asked them to make their own constellations and star stories.
It was such a hit that I decided to create my own and asked my mother, a wonderful artist, to illustrate it. Little did I know that it would bring this mother and daughter team closer together.
At first we were thinking of self-publishing and so found Bright Sky Press, a publishing company out of Houston, TX where my mother lives and where I grew up. Bright Sky Press was so impressed with the drawings and story that they decided to partner with us in publishing it. We are raising funds to pay for our end of the publishing, editing and layout costs of the book so we can put it out to the public.
We hope that “Cassandra and the Night Sky” inspires others to make up their own star stories to tell, but most importantly, to look up at the night sky and wonder.
Thank you for supporting this idea and being a part of bringing it to the world!