I want to share with you an educational picture book written by expert astrophysicist and educator Dr. Jeffrey Bennett whose books happen to be on board the International Space Station being read aloud by astronauts! Max Goes to Jupiter: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog by Jeffrey Bennett, Nick Schneider and Erica Ellingson and illustrated by Michael Carroll is book 3 in the Max Science Adventure Series and will take little readers ages 4 to 12 on a space adventure!
Scientifically-accurate illustrations and information-packed sidebars enrich this second edition picture book. Set in the future, Max the dog and his friend, Tori, are on the Jupiter Mission. The first editon of Max Goes to Jupiter was selected for NASA’s Story Time From Space Program and ILA Children’s Choices List.
This book is the perfect blend for children as it opens a window into space in the half-fiction, half-science story. Kids can also experience orbiting the Earth for themselves: Max Goes to Jupiter is one of five “science adventure” books currently being read by astronauts on the ISS as a part of Story Time From Space! It does not get any cooler than that as this book is truly out of this world! Read about Story Time from Space in this Huffington Post article.
Fun Fact: There are 3 Lego mini-figures made from aluminum aboard the Juno spaceship, which is currently orbiting the Earth right now: the Roman god Jupiter, the goddess Juno, and the famous astronomer Galileo, who in 1610 became the first explorer to turn a telescope toward Jupiter.
As a child of the Apollo era, Dr. Bennett strongly feels that we need to send people back to the moon then onward to study Mars, Jupiter, and beyond. He believes human space exploration is of the one of the biggest motivating factors in inspiring children to to learn, especially STEM topics.
As a former librarian and a mom to girls that enjoy space I can’t say enough good things about this book! It has a fun, fictional story line but what makes this book so amazing is that it includes real facts about Jupiter and its’ moons on the sidebars of each page. This in-depth information lets readers know what scientists know and what they still hope to discover which helps make the fictional story that much more interesting! Letting your child image what space travel could really be like in the future is what the story is all about! This is a great book to read to your Littles and be sure to read each sidebar as that is what will get their brains churning! An absolute delight and now I will have to get the rest of the series to read to my girls as well! Max Goes to Jupiter is a keeper on our bookshelf!