Rosa M. Ros from Spain has recently produced a new book for UNAWE: Cosmic Neighbours. It has been published in 5 languages, including English. Cosmic Neighbours, as well as other books by Rosa, is now freely available on the Universe Awareness website under Books in the Resource section.
Cosmic Neighbours is an educational resource that resembles a travel book through the Solar System. Educators, parents and children can find a multitude of stories and experiments about stars, planets and other topics. These experiments make use of household products and can be performed in classrooms or at home.
However, Rosa has written more books to engage children with astronomy – Forgotten astronomers, Parallel Earth, Stars give parties, Tales of the stars, Looking for the north. These books contain beautiful illustrations, stories, photographs and experiments related to various topics in astronomy.
Sample of a story from Tales of the stars, titled The Dream of the Gods.
says: “Children from all over the world, enjoy your reading! We, the authors, had a great time writing. These stories are not just tales; they are the heritage of our ancestors.”
Tales of the stars is a collection of stories from our ancestors of different cultures from all over the world. This book is authored by volunteers from Honduras, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, El Salvador, Tunisia and Spain to tell indigenous tales from various cultures and religions. According to the authors, there are plenty of stories from the stars left in the world, so many more books can still be written!
English translations of these books are free for download from the international website of UNAWE, under Books in the Resource section. Other languages can be found , on the Spanish website.
These books were made possible by funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, and are the result of collaborations between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the European Astronomy Society (EAS), the International Year of Astronomy 2009, Cienca en Acción, Universe Awareness, and many, many people from all over the world.