Published by HarperCollins
Summary: From an early age, Mae Jemison dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Her mother told her what becomes a repeating refrain in this book: “If you can dream it, if you believe it and work hard for it, anything is possible.” At school, some kids laughed at her aspiration, and a teacher told her nursing would be a more appropriate profession. Fortunately, her mother didn’t let her believe this, and Mae promised that one day she would wave to her parents from a spaceship. The last page shows the adult Mae in her orange space suit and reveals that she did become an astronaut and wave to her mom and dad on Earth. Includes a page with additional biographical information. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: An inspiring story of following your dream, illustrated with engaging round-faced characters and plenty of color.
Cons: The biographical information is pretty thin.