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Astronaut Annie


Astronaut Annie

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10 Best Children’s Picture Books of 2018 —PBS

A Best Children’s Book of 2018 —Brightly


Annie’s joyful exuberance and her family’s wholehearted support leave no doubt that her dream is within her grasp. This delightful story, with backmatter about women astronauts, encourages young readers to pursue their dreams and reach for the stars.


Career Day is approaching, and Annie can’t wait to show her family what she’s planning to be when she grows up. But, she must keep it a secret until Friday! So curious family members each ask Annie for a clue. Convinced that she’ll be a news reporter like he once was, Grandpop gives her his old camera to use for her presentation. Grandma is sure Annie wants to be a champion baker like her, so she offers a mixing bowl and oven mitts to Annie. Hopeful she’ll become the mountain climber he aspired to be, Dad gives Annie an old backpack. Mom presents Annie with a pair of high-top sneakers to pursue Mom’s favorite sport in high school — basketball.


Grateful for each gift, Annie cleverly finds a way to use them all to create her Career Day costume. When the big day arrives, Annie finally reveals her out-of-this-world dream to everyone.


To watch astronaut Anne McClain read this book aloud while orbiting Earth in the International Space Station, visit https://

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