I am thrilled to begin this blog with such a fun book! “I Want to be an Astronaut” is a beautifully illustrated children’s book for littles that explores more thrill-seeking careers such as a race car driver or a submarine commander. I purchased this book through Usborne books for Christmas, and my 3 and 4-year-old girls have not tired of it. The authors, Ruby Brown and Alisa Coburn have done such an inspiring thing by quickly focusing on 9 different careers before reminding them that they don’t have to decide on one yet, and for now they can dream up big adventures.
The following system is what I look for when I am deciding if a book is one I want to purchase or even check out from the library. I know we will have different points of view on some of this stuff, but here are my thoughts. I hope you find them helpful.
- Age appropriate words and tone Yes
- Age appropriate messaging – Yes
- Engaging illustrations – Yes
- Inspire growth, imagination, or thought- Yes
- Sustainable interest over multiple reads- Yes
- I would rate this book a 5 out of 5!
You’ve read the book, now what?
The great thing about this book is that there are 9 different careers to inspire countless different ideas for ways in which to engage your child and really allow them to experience the book in a hands-on way. Today I will give you two examples to get your creative juices flowing.
Try using a small piece of cardboard and an empty toilet paper roll a few basic cuts, and some clue and you have the perfect Space Shuttle for an action figure’s first trip to the moon! Don’t forget to have your kiddo add as much paint/marker/foil/sticker decoration as time allows!
If you’re feeling the pull to get out of the house, take this chance to look up your local science museum or planetarium. This picture was taken during our visit to Science City. If you have something like Science City in your town, I would highly recommend a visit!
I hope you are inspired to Bring a Book to Life – READ TOGETHER & DO TOGETHER!