Laurie Wallmark and Raakhee Mirchandani, "Journey to the Stars: Kalpana Chawla, Astronaut" (Beaming Books, 2024)


Laurie Wallmark is the award-winning author of picture book biographies of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as fiction. In our second interview, we celebrate Laurie's new picture book, Journey to the Stars: Kalpana Chawla, Astronaut, co-written with Raakhee Mirchandani, illustrated by Maitreyi Ghosh (Illustrator) , published by Beaming Books (February 13, 2024). 

We also talk about other recent books including The Queen of Chess: How Judit Polgár Changed the Game (July 2023), Rivka's Presents (July 2023), and Dino Pajama Party: A Bedtime Book (2021), attempting to understand the differences and commonalities between non-fiction and fiction, including the universal importance of passion and storytelling.

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Mel Rosenberg

Mel Rosenberg is a professor emeritus of microbiology (Tel Aviv University) who fell in love with children's books as a small child in Ottawa and now writes his own. He is co-founder of Ourboox, a web platform with over 260,000 ebooks that allows anyone to create and share flipbooks comprising text, pictures and videos.

He is represented by the Liza Royce Agency.
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