Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 28, 2021

Book Giveaway: THE UNIVERSE AND YOU by Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade has written a new picture book, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman and published by Sleeping Bear Press. It is available in bookstores now. SBP has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Suzanne and Stephanie.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


During the night, as we sleep, a beautiful celestial dance is taking place. While Earth seems solid and still, it’s actually spinning on its axis and circling the sun. Joining Earth in this orbit around the sun are the other seven planets in our solar system, along with dozens of moons and millions of comets and asteroids. Containing our solar system is the wondrous Milky Way galaxy, with its billions of stars, just like our own sun, swirling and whirling around. And on from there are the billions of galaxies with their own stars swirling and whirling into the ever-expanding space called our universe. When the sun rises on a brand new day, the dance continues. Through lyrical text, award-winning science writer Suzanne Slade (June Almeida, Virus Detective! The Woman Who Discovered the First Human Coronavirus) takes young readers on an exploration of our solar system, galaxies beyond, and finally the universe as a whole. Back matter includes science facts.


As a mechanical engineer who has worked on rockets, I’m very interested in all things space. In the last decade I’ve done a lot of research about space exploration for various books projects. More recently, I’ve been working on a book about a woman astronomer due out in 2023, so I was reading about stars, galaxies, and visited the observatory at Northwestern University.

Soon after that I woke up one morning with the idea of a simple, lyrical bedtime book which starts with Earth, moves out to our solar system, our galaxy, and the universe. I fleshed out that idea for a few weeks, and that manuscript became my latest book, The Universe and You.

As someone who often writes rather detailed science books, I love the simplicity and easy flow of text, and how it also shares great STEM content for young readers and pre-readers. Of course, I also had to include a bit of backmatter (with wonderful NASA photos), to share even more about the Earth, Suns, stars, and our Milky Way galaxy.

Beyond the fascinating information about space, it’s exciting how this book encourages readers to to dream BIG dreams and boldy pursue those dreams. I love how the illustrator, Stephanie Fizer Coleman, created colorful depictions of the girl dreaming about soaring through space in a rocket and walking on the moon. I hope The Universe and You inspires many children!


In college Suzanne Slade studied engineering. After graduation, she worked on car brakes and Delta and Titan rockets. Suzanne says, “Working in engineering was exciting!” Years later she went to Paris, France with her husband for work. One day, they got a call that a special baby had been born. So they flew home and adopted their daughter. Soon, along came their son. She read piles of picture books to her children and decided to write children’s books.

It took over 8 years and 80 rejection letters before her first book was published, but hopes to keep writing books for a long time!

Now, Suzanne is a Sibert Honor author and has written more than 100 books. She uses her engineering degree to write about groundbreaking women in science, such as June Almedia, Virus Detective, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon (NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book) and Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story (NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book). Suzanne’s book Astronaut Annie was read by astronaut Anne McClain aboard the International Space Station for Story Time From Space. And others like, The Inventor’s SecretFriends for FreedomWith Books and Bricks, and Climbing Lincoln’s Steps. She lives in Illinois, and she invites you to visit her online at


From a young age, Stephanie Fizer Coleman dreamed of a creative career, although she imagined being a dancer or a choreographer, and couldn’t have fathomed the twisty path that would lead her to be an illustrator. These days she can’t imagine working at anything other than illustration. Steph works in Photoshop and thrives on creating beautiful, textural illustrations of her furry and feathered friends. Having grown up in a rural area, she is inspired by nature in all its grandeur. Steph loves illustrating lovely, informative nonfiction as well as picture books, greeting cards, puzzles, and other products. She lives in West Virginia with her husband and two dogs.”

I’m an illustrator, designer and generally curious girl living in lovely but misunderstood West Virgina. I was lucky to grow up in a rural area, with a babbling brook and lush forest just a few feet from my back door; I find that the love of nature I developed as a child still influences my work today.

After seriously studying ballet and getting my BA in History, I found my true passion in illustrating and have been working as a freelance illustrator since 2008.

I work in Photoshop and Procreate and have developed a style of working that blends both digital and traditional elements.  I enjoy playing around with patterns, textures and brilliant colors in my work.  Animals are my favorite subjects to illustrate and I’m thrilled to be illustrating the kinds of books I would have loved when I was a little library-goer.

Suzanne, thank you for sharing you book and journey with us. and thank you to sending this link to give us an Inside peek at the printing of THE UNIVERSE AND YOU. I am sure this book will help children understand the vastness of the universe. I always love Stephanie’s art. How lucky you are to gotten her to illustrate your book. The two of you together will make this story  take off. Good luck with the book?

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Kathy,

    FYI – the email is not linking to your site. I am getting a 404 notice.




  2. This looks lovely! Congratulations on the new book.


  3. Love the idea of a celestial dance – gives a child such a bigger perspective about life -congrats on a beautiful book!


  4. Congrats on the new book, Suzanne and Stephanie! I’m subscribed to the emails as well.


  5. We love books about the universe, and this one sounds like a winner! Congratulations, can’t wait to check it out. I’m subscribed to the newsletter and get your emails daily!


  6. I enjoy reading books about space and the illustrations in this book are beautiful. I’m an email subscriber and shared:


  7. Love how the child is encouraged to think of all that’s happening around them while they’re sleeping. The solar system doesn’t stop when you do, LOL. Lovely, lyrical book!


  8. What a lovely looking book. Congrats, Suzanne & Stephanie!!


  9. What a beautiful book. Congratulations! And I always like to boost other Stephanies 🙂


  10. Great concept and execution. Kids are going to love this book, parents too. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I’ve tweeted:, and shared:
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks again, have a super day everyone!!


  11. This looks like a wonderful book. I can’t wait to share this new picture book with our first grade teachers. They “explore” space with our sweet students. I subscribe to your daily blog. Thanks!


  12. What a sweet looking book. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for an interesting post. I subscribe to your blog by email and I tweeted about the giveaway.


  13. I so wish this book had been available when my boys were young. It sounds wonderful! Congratulations!!


  14. This looks wonderful! Congrats!


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