MEET ASTRONAUT CLAYTON ANDERSON!
Children’s Book Signing at FUNdamentally Toys, Sunday, June 13, 3:30-5:00 pm
Our favorite International Space Station (ISS) explorer retired Astronaut Clayton Anderson is ready for re-entry! Fundamentally Toys is over the moon to host him again for the signing of both of his children’s books – Letters from Space and A is for Astronaut.
Letters from Space was published in September 2020 and due to the pandemic, Anderson was unable to do in-person events. A is for Astronaut made its debut in March of 2018 with a special appearance at Fundamentally Toys.
Fun Facts about Astronaut Clayton Anderson:
- ~The 15th time was the charm! Anderson applied 14 times to NASA before being accepted for as an astronaut. He knows a bit about perseverance.
- ~He’s the first and only astronaut from the Cornhusker’s State – Nebraska.
- ~A two-time flyer aboard the ISS in 2007 and 2010, living and working for a total of 167 days in space.
- ~Participated in nearly 40 hours of space walks over six excursions outside the ISS.
- ~He retired in 2013 pursing life as an author, motivational speaker and professor.
About Clayton Anderson's Children's Books::
Anderson published his second children’s book Letters from Space in September 2020. To capture the memories of his 2007 space adventure in an entertaining and informative way, Anderson penned a series of humorous letters to family and friends. With hilarious cartoon illustrations by Susan Batori, each page depicts the weird and wonderful things that happen when you’re an astronaut circling the globe – or walking in space. Both kids and adults will find Letters from Space wildly fun and informative too with interesting facts about living among the stars.
A is for Astronaut: Blasting Through the Alphabet is filled with impactful visual illustrations by Scott Brundage and fun poems written by Anderson for each letter of the alphabet. Information sidebars also offer enthralling facts about space covering topics such as the history of NASA, science and practical aspects of being an astronaut. It’s a book that can easily grow with kids. Toddlers & preschoolers will be captivated by the images & can learn the alphabet. Young readers will enjoy the poems. Older children can begin to learn more about space in the sidebars – and perhaps be inspired to travel in space someday.
About the author:
Clayton Anderson graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Physics from Hastings College, Nebraska in 1981, and received a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University in 1983. He worked in a variety of positions at the Johnson Space Center before being selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in June 1998.
From June-November 2007, he was a Flight Engineer and Space Officer on the International Space Station, performing three spacewalks. In 2010, he returned to the ISS on a resupply mission with more spacewalks. Overall, Anderson has logged 167 days in space.