I'm pleased to spotlight a fab author friend today who's celebrating her book's second anniversary!!!!
Laura Roettiger is the author of Aliana Reaches for the Moon, a picture book that draws inspiration from the moon and the curiosity of children. She has enjoyed working with children ever since she was no longer considered a child herself. She was a reading specialist and elementary teacher in Chicago, IL before moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where she worked in Environmental Education, as a mentor for literacy at STEM schools, and tutors both children and adults. She also a judge for RateYourStory.org
Her superpower is encouraging curiosity in children and letting them know she believes in them. She has three children of her own whose curiosity and creativity led them into STEM related professions.
In this charming STEAM book, children will see how the light of the full moon inspires Aliana to create a present for her brother Gustavo, which will surprise the whole family.
Aliana loves observing everything in nature.
When she notices how bright the light of the full moon shines into her room, she spends time learning about the moon and experimenting with light.
As she prepares for her brother's birthday, she plans a wonderful surprise to be revealed with the next full moon.
Endorsements from Astronomy professionals:
"Aliana Reaches for the Moon interweaves science and art to tell a beautiful story about a budding young scientist who serves as a wonderful mentor and role model for her younger brother." ~ Grace Wolf-Chase, PhD; Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
"This short children’s book imparts many pearls of wisdom about the qualities of a scientist, while telling an engaging story about a girl’s caring relationship with her younger brother. Using her ingenuity, imagination, and ordinary household materials, Aliana creates a special experience for Gustavo’s 5th birthday. Aliana Reaches for the Moon encourages all children – and especially girls - to read, explore, experiment, and to take notice of the natural world. There’s even an important message for parents – doing science can be messy!" ~ Grace Wolf-Chase, PhD; Astronomer, Adler Planetarium
"Curiosity and imagination, paired with research and experimental play, help Aliana bring her unique idea to life. Aliana Reaches for the Moon will inspire readers to use science, imagination, and experimental play to create their own innovations." ~ Linda Schwab, Flight Director, Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
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