January 25, 2022

Ellen Ochoa, First Latina To Go To Space, To Publish Bilingual STEAM-Themed Children’s Book Series

Children’s publisher Lil’ Libros has acquired worldwide rights to a series of five STEAM-themed books in Spanish and English written by Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the American engineer who became the first Latina woman to go to space. 

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

The series, titled Dr. Ochoa’s Stellar World, Dr. Ochoa has compiled together experiences and adventures as a NASA astronaut and it aims to celebrate enthusiasm for scientific curiosity, the fundamentals of STEAM subjects, and the American Latino experience among younger readers.

“I wish I had known growing up that science [or STEAM] is about curiosity and creativity,” Dr. Ochoa said in a statement.

“Her intention is to use this series of picture books to spark curiosity and enthusiasm for STEAM concepts among children and parents alike, in both English and Spanish.

Lil’ Libros publisher Patty Rodriguez said she was excited to work with Dr. Ochoa “to help create an environment where our youngest readers can approach STEAM concepts with confidence in two languages.” 

“It is an honor to welcome Dr. Ellen Ochoa to the Lil’ Libros family. Bringing bilingual STEAM topics to children will open up a world of possibilities,” added Ariana Stein, co-founder of Lil’ Libros.

In 2021, the publisher managed to raise $2 million in a crowdfunding campaign where investors were invited to collaborate in creating wealth among the next generations by betting on bilingual education. 

Abbianca Makoni

Abbianca Makoni is a content executive and writer at POCIT! She has years of experience reporting on critical issues affecting diverse communities around the globe.

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