Astronauts Are Reading Books To Kids From Space — And It's Out Of This World

“You’re not only looking and listening to the books, you’re looking around the International Space Station.”

Here's one YouTube channel you'll be glad your kid is subscribed to. Story Time From Space is a project founded by the Global Space Education Foundation that encourages astronauts in space to film themselves reading STEM-focused children's books to kids on Earth. The reading sessions are available for anyone to watch on the Story Time from Space website and on YouTube.

"What better role models to engage kids in science and to engage them in reading?" Patricia Tribe, the former director of education at Space Center Houston who came up with the basis for the project, told HuffPost. "You're not only looking and listening to the books, you're looking around the International Space Station."


The Story Time from Space team includes astronauts, scientists, and educators. They try to include books that cover a wide range of age groups. Some of the books astronauts have read so far include Max Goes to the MoonThe Wizard Who Saved the World, Next Time You See a Sunset, and Rosie Revere, EngineerThe books take 20 minutes or less to read aloud.

"Astronauts on the [International Space Station] will also conduct and videotape nine educational demonstrations designed by Veteran Canadian Astronaut, Bjarni Tryggvason, to complement the science concepts found in the Story Time From Space books," according to Story Time From Space's website. "To make Story Time From Space even more useful for educators, cross-content curriculum will be designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. All of these materials, along with the videos from orbit, will be posted here on the Story Time from Space website, providing easy access for educators, families, libraries, science centers, scouts and others."

The organization hopes to encourage interest in STEM while also showing kids how fun reading can be. So far, their efforts have been out of this world. 

(H/T: HuffPost


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