Did you know that there’s story time in outer space? For the last few years, astronauts on the International Space Station have donated their time to record themselves reading children’s novels for young readers on Earth. It’s part of an initiative to promote interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and literacy for children who may one day pursue their own dreams of exploration and technology. But the videos can be watched and enjoyed by almost anyone, regardless of age.
The Huffington Post recently shined the spotlight on Story Time From Space, a project that was founded by Space Center Houston’s former director of education, Patricia Tribe, and Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr., a NASA astronaut. Together with a team of other astronauts, scientists, and educators, they choose scientifically accurate children’s books to send on missions to the ISS. One of the early titles that was picked is Endeavour’s Long Journey, which was written by John Danny Olivas. In the following video, astronaut Tim Kopra reads the book, which follows a boy named Jojo as he learns about the history of the retired space shuttle from the Endeavour herself.
Astronaut and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins was specifically chosen to read Rosie Revere, Engineer, a book written by Andrea Beaty. The story follows a young inventor named Rosie, who overcomes her fear of failure to chase her own scientific legacy.
Although the majority of the Story Time From Space videos are unlisted on YouTube, the currently available titles can be seen on the project’s official site. It also includes a list of children’s books that will be read on the ISS in the future.