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Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison

(Little People, Big Dreams)

Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara
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In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Mae Jemison, scientist, astronaut, and the first ever black woman in space.

When Mae Jemison was a little girl, 
she dreamed of blasting off into space on a rocket ship. She was so excited as she watched the Apollo Moon landings, but she wondered... why none of the astronauts were women?

Mae loved science and was so bright that she started college at just 16, and was training to be a doctor by the age of 20. She joined the Peace Corps, using her medical knowledge to help people in countries all around the world. Upon returning to the United States, she was accepted into NASA's astronaut program.

After hard work and training, in 1992 Mae became the
 first Black woman to travel into space! This inspiring book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the groundbreaking astronaut's life.


Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

This empowering series offers 
inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardback versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Matching games and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children

Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!


Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children’s books and the author of the multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series of picture books that explore the lives of outstanding people. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture. ​

Janna Morton is an award winning illustrator whose colorful work focuses on themes of nature, inclusivity, overlooked beauty, grief, and joy. Janna’s work has been honored by American Illustration and CMYK Magazine’s Top New Creatives. Her work has been exhibited in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, Light Grey Art Lab, and Spur Gallery. Her work has been featured on Print Mag, Brown Paper Bag, The Fox is Black, and Buzzfeed. She will be an artist in residence at the Illustration Institute in 2021 and Trailer Blaze in 2022. In addition to illustration, Janna is very passionate about picnics, vintage-inspired fashion, and Halloween! Janna lives in Baltimore with her cat, Béla Lugosi, and her boyfriend, Christopher.


  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (September 6, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0711270953
  • ISBN-13: 9780711270954
  • Reading age: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade level: Preschool - 2
  • Item Weight: 12.4 ounces
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