Goodnight Spaceman: The First Ever Bedtime Story Recorded in Space!

Dear all, how are you? I hope you are doing great in this quarantine period. This is Ms. Friska’s website where I share my experience and strategies to promote reading is fun to people around, and now to you too 🙂 Today’s library session topic is about this exciting story going to the outer space and the title is: Goodnight Spaceman : the First Ever Bedtime Story Recorded in Space! 🙂

The Story

Goodnight Spaceman is written by Michelle Robinson and illustrated by Nick East

It’s one small step for man but one giant leap for mankind. This story is inspired by Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut (European Space Agency Principia mission to the International Space Station, 2015-2016.

The book provided an audio CD with the story recorded from the International Space Station.

The Authors

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson

Michelle Robinson has always wanted to be an author like her hero Roald Dahl, but all they had in common was the same birthday and a love of chocolate. Now at last, Michelle is a real author too. She lives in Frome, Somerset, with her husband, son and daughter.

Nick East

Nick East

Nick has been working as a museum designer for the past 16 years. He has always been a storyteller, whether as a child, filling sketchbooks with quirky characters, or as a designer displaying a collection of ancient artifacts. Either way he has always found drawing the best way to communicate his ideas and has a mad passion for illustration.

His love of children’s books has been with him all his life and he is now relishing the fact of working with two publishers, creating a couple of contrasting books for younger children. Nick lives near York with his wife and two children and when he isn’t drawing, he is out riding bikes and spending time with his family.

Their Works

Both of them are active in writing and Nick East especially with his drawing talent. Together, their collaborative working created:

  1. Goodnight Santa
  2. Goodnight Princess
  3. Goodnight Pirate
  4. Goodnight Spaceman
  5. Goodnight Digger
  6. Goodnight Tractor

The Inspiration

Tim Peake

Tim Peake

Tim Peake or Timothy Nigel Peake, is a former Apache pilot, flight instructor, test pilot and current European Space Agency astronaut. A veteran of eighteen years military service, Tim has flown over 3000 hours on operations worldwide.

In December 2015, Tim became the first British astronaut to visit the International Space Station and conduct a spacewalk during his six month mission. He also ran the London marathon from space. Tim’s mission engaged more than two million students in outreach activities. He is an ambassador for STEM education, The Prince’s Trust and the Scout Association. He is a best-selling author, with proceeds from his books donated to The Prince’s Trust.

At the moment when the book published, Tim Peake was there on the ISS (International Space Station and he recorded his voice reading this book. Tim Peake and his wife have two sons and they are the main characters in this book.

Cosmic Classroom

Are you interested to explore the outer space? The authors provided a coloring page for the readers:

Moreover, you could find interesting question and answer session from children to Tim Peake here:

Lets hop to our rocket of dream and blast off 🙂

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