The Stuff Between the Stars

How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe

by Sandra Nickel & Aimee Sicuro (Abrams Books for Young Readers, March 2, 2021)

Join Aimee Sicuro and me at The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for its Online Story Hour. I read The Stuff Between the Stars, we talk about Vera Rubin, and Aimee demonstrates how to paint the most beautiful galaxy. You can watch HERE.

Vermont College of Fine Arts interviewed me as part of its Alumnx Success Series. I talk about The Stuff Between the Stars, the importance of writing about historical female figures, and what we can learn by looking at the stars in the way Vera Rubin did. The interview is HERE.

In Celebration of Women’s History Month, Publishers Weekly will be featuring Laurie Wallmark and me. We talk about science, curiosity, and the importance of picture books about women in STEM. Look for our ‘In Conversation’ in Children’s Bookshelf on March 16. features Best Book Lists created by authors to help readers discover great books. It invited me to create a list of Best Children’s Books about Astronomy inspired by The Stuff Between the Stars. You can find my list HERE.

Abrams Kids headlined The Stuff Between the Stars in its Spring-Summer Online Nonfiction Preview. You can view it and the rest of the Abrams wonderful nonfiction lineup here.

TeachingBooks has organized fantastic resources for The Stuff Between the Stars, including the book trailer, an author interview, an illustrator page for Aimée Sicuro, and more. Click HERE to connect to these fabulous resources.

GGumsum has acquired Korean rights for The Stuff Between the Stars. A link to the Korean language version will be coming as soon as it is available.

Activity Sheets for The Stuff Between the Stars

Looking for ways to engage students with The Stuff Between the Stars? Below you will find curriculum guides for Discussion Questions, Activities for Students, as well as individual Activity Sheets. Simply click on the sheets below and print.


Nacho’s Nachos

The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack

by Sandra Nickel & Oliver Dominguez (Lee & Low, August 11, 2020)

Nacho’s Nachos was awarded a Christopher Award, which recognizes works affirming the highest values of the human spirit. You can access resources created by TeachingBooks for all winners since 2001 HERE.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Awards recognize excellence in children’s literature. Nacho’s Nachos was named one of five finalists for Nonfiction Text for Younger Readers. You can see all of the exceptional 2021 finalists HERE.

Publishers Weekly has listed Nacho’s Nachos on its Booklist for 2020–2022 STEM/STEAM Biographies for Young Readers. You can find the full listing of all these inspiring biographies HERE.

Nacho’s Nachos was named a Best Children’s Book of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education. You can find all of the titles chosen by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee as “the best of the best published in 2020” HERE.

The Nacho’s Nachos Book Trailer is here!

Lee and Low Books has created a fourteen-page Teacher’s Guide, which includes Before and After Reading recommendations, as well as Interdisciplinary Activities.

To discover more about nachos and Nacho’s Nachos, listen to Food Non-Fiction’s Podcast, Ignacio Nicknamed Nacho.

Vermont College of Fine Arts interviewed me as part of its Alumnx Success Series. Among other things, I talk about the importance of Nacho’s Nachos being named a finalist for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award. The interview is HERE.

TeachingBooks has created several original resources for Nacho’s Nachos, including a Meet-the-Author Recording, an illustrator page for Oliver Dominguez and a Virtual Book Tour blog. Click HERE to connect to these fabulous resources.

For an article highlighting some of 2020’s “must-add choices for your collections” take a look at Latinx Luminaries: Picture book biographies featuring Latinx superstars | Great Books by Shelley M. Diaz in School Library Journal (July 27, 2020).

Activity Sheets for Nacho’s Nachos

Looking for a way to inspire your youngest nachos fan? Below you’ll find activity sheets for coloring, imaginative drawing, making a nacho banner, and, of course, preparing Ignacio Anaya’s original Nacho’s Special! Simply click on the sheets below, print, and have fun!

Breaking Through the Clouds

The Sometimes Turbulent Life of Meteorologist Joanne Simpson

by Sandra Nickel & Helena Perez Garcia (Abrams Books for Young Readers, Fall 2021)

Resources for Breaking Through the Clouds will be coming.