We were lucky enough to talk to Andrew Rader who is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for his newest book, Mars Rover Rescue.
Asha Loves Science: Thanks so much for talking with us today! Tell the readers a little bit about yourself
I'm an aerospace engineer. I love games and I've worked on SpaceMatch and Evolve: The Game of Unnatural Selection. You can also find me on Youtube. Your readers might enjoy my science twitter account, too! In my spare time, I love reading about history, science, and space, and trivia.
Asha Loves Science: Amazing stuff! What inspired you to begin writing children's books?
I'm a teacher at heart, and have several videos on the basics of rocket science and engineering. If we want to go to the stars, we have to motivate people to be interested in the future of science and space travel. The young generation today are the first of our species who will walk on another planet. I want to help motivate all of us to undertake this amazing next adventure.
Asha Loves Science: Tell us a little bit about the first book in your series.
Epic Space Adventure is a Giraffestronaut's tour of the solar system with his robotic companion Sputnik. Most people learn the names of the planets, but without context or meaning. The planets and moons are effectively the characters in Epic Space Adventure - each has different features and a personality. Our solar system is an amazing place in its own right, and there's plenty more exploring to do!
Asha Loves Science: What should readers know about the second book?
Mars Rover Rescue tells a more focused story line that picks up at the end of the first book, where our explorers are called back to Earth to form a rescue party to search for the missing rover. It's got a diverse cast of characters, including a female lead scientist and pilot, and teaches kids about what it would be like to live on Mars - essentially The Martian for kids.
Asha Loves Science: What ages do you think would enjoy this book the most?
Both books are alphabetical (26 pages each starting with a new letter of the alphabet), with rhyming verses. It's got big text and colorful pictures, and is best for around 1-6 years old (parents reading or learning to read). Although they're even fun for adults.
Asha Loves Science: How can readers get a copy of these awesome books?
They can order both books right now through the Kickstarter.
Asha Loves Science: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! We can't wait for Mars Rover Rescue!