Letters from Space

Astronaut Clayton Anderson spent 152 days in space aboard the International Space Station--and while he didn't mail dozens of letters back to Earth (they would have burned up on reentry!), imagine if he did! These letters from space are full of weird science, wild facts, and outrageous true stories from life in space, complete with hysterical illustrations from Susan Batori. Backmatter includes even more interesting information on space, astronauts, and living among the stars.

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781534110748), PDF (9781534167452), Hosted ebook (9781534167629)
Copyright 2020
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 11 x 9
Graphics Full-color illustrations

School Library Journal - Letters from Space

With a final page of facts about NASA, astronauts, and living in space, this must-purchase entertains with a combination of zany art, humor, and solid facts for fascinated young readers craving space travel—even the armchair kind.

Kirkus Reviews - Letters from Space

A retired astronaut explains what life is like aboard the International Space Station.
Plainly based on memories of his own 5-month space-station mission in 2007, Anderson’s (fictive) letters to family and students not only make reference to scientific work and day-to-day routines, but positively fizz with the sense of being on a great adventure: “I fly to the bathroom—and I even fly when I’m going to the bathroom. So cool!” and “I was like one of those guys who fix wires on utility poles. But in SPACE!” Batori captures the exhilaration with cartoon scenes featuring a diverse crew of pop-eyed humans (plus one green extraterrestrial) in various orientations, joined by various imagined animals (“It would be neat to have a dog or a cat, but what a mess with no gravity!”), floating foodstuffs, and, following an eventual return to Earth, a cheering crowd at a “Welcome Home” party. The author closes with a more-detailed recap, so young readers with serious questions relating to the physiology of space adaptation syndrome are just as well served as those who are keenly interested in how long astronauts have to wear their underwear. (This book was reviewed digitally with 9-by-22-inch double-page spreads viewed at 83% of actual size.) A tantalizing taste of the (literally) high life.

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Author: Clayton Anderson

Clayton Anderson, a retired astronaut, once spent 152 days aboard the International Space Station. He is now the President and CEO of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in his hometown of Ashland, Nebraska. A sought-after public speaker and award-winning author of The Ordinary Spaceman, It's a Question of Space, A is for Astronaut, and Letters from Space, he now lives in Omaha.

Illustrator: Susan Batori

Susan Batori’s books include Don’t Call Me Fuzzybutt and Letters from Space. She worked in advertising before switching to children’s book illustration. Susan lives in Budapest, Hungary.

  • Beginning of Text
  • PS from the Astronaut
Author/Illustrator biography
Educational front/back matter
Teaching guides
Full-color illustrations