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A Guide to Your Body in Space

Dr. Dave: Astronaut series

by Dr. Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti
illustrated by Theo Krynauw

Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids & Teens 2017, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre The Year’s Best List, Resource Links Green Book Festival Award, Runner-Up Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews Canadian Science Writers’ Association Youth Book Award finalist Information Book Award finalist, Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize finalist Cybils Blogger’s Award nomination Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards nomination Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination

Find out what happens to your body in space—from someone who’s been there.

Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is “How do you go to the toilet in space?” This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body: How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like? The best thing is that the answers are provided by someone who speaks from first-hand experience: Dave Williams, Canadian Space Agency astronaut who has accomplished three space walks.

Using age-appropriate language, this book explains the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos (many of which were taken by Dr. Dave during his space missions), and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers. The opening message from Dr. Dave empowers kids to follow his example by believing in themselves and following their dreams.


“Riveting reading for junior astronauts—and just about everybody else.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 08/01/16

“Learning about the challenges to the human body presents interesting opportunities for STEM-related problem-solving opportunities.”
—Booklist, 09/14/16

“Highly entertaining title. Interspersed between the funny and gross parts are scientific facts that will amuse and enlighten.”
—Resource Links, 02/17

“This informative book would be great for the elementary classroom!”
—National Science Teachers Association Recommends, 05/05/17

“[A] must-read for those future space explorers and kids curious about how the human body works in space.”
—Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret) Former NASA Astronaut

“A great purchase for schools and libraries that serve students interested in space travel and the grosser aspects of life in orbit.”
—School Library Journal, 10/16

“A great book for reluctant readers, especially those interested in space or space travel.”
—A Window into Books, 07/09/16

“This little gem should keep students ages 7 to 10 in reading, science, and vocational classes thoroughly engaged.”
—Picture Book Depot, 09/16/16

“Visual aids reinforce the science presented in the text in a fun and informative manner.”
—Quill & Quire, 12/16

“An amusing yet realistic overview.”
—IHeartLiteracy, 10/15/16

“A very attractive and enduringly popular choice for families, elementary schools, and community library picture book collections.”
—Midwest Book Review, 12/16

“A great resource for students to think critically about life in space.”
—CM Reviews, 02/17/17

“A fun, educational and quirky book. Kids will love it! 4 stars!”
—The Write Path, 05/29/17

“[A] welcome addition for those interested in a future in space . . . . informative.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/14/17

“Dr. Dave does a particularly thorough job with exploring and explaining.”
—Space Q, 05/18/18