'Astronaut Annie' Author Thrilled To Have Book Read Aloud In Space

Steve Miller
December 27, 2018 - 3:52 pm

The cover of Suzanne Slade's "Astronaut Annie"

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) – For a Libertyville children's book author, it's a dream come true: One of her books will be read aloud by an astronaut on the International Space Station, for all the world to see.

"I'm just used to more rejections and no’s than successes, although I've had a fair share of that as well," author Suzanne Slade said of the news. "So yes, this is a dream come true."

Slade's book is “Astronaut Annie.” It is the story of a girl who's getting ready for her school's career day and has to dress up like what she wants to be when she grows up. She has to keep it a secret until the big day. And each member of her family tries to find out what it is she wants to be.

"Each adult gives her a gift aimed at what they think she wants to be,” the author explains. “But she's able to use all their gifts to create her astronaut's costume. And to me, it's symbolic of how children can use the gifts that various adults in their lives give them -- maybe tangible, maybe not -- encouragement and support to go ahead and pursue their dreams."

The launch date for the rocket that will take “Astronaut Annie” to the Space Station is set for March 2019.