Bailey Harris was only eight years old when she started to write her first book, My Name Is Stardust. She was watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and became inspired by what host Neil deGrasse Tyson was saying. She immediately went to her room and began to write. She wanted all of her friends to know the importance of what she had learned. Today, at age 12, she and her dad just completed their 3rd children’s science picture book, Stardust Explores Earth’s Wonders.
“I think the most challenging part of the process is taking hard concepts in science and making them fun for children, but once that’s done it’s really the best part,” says Bailey. And that is where her dad comes in. Bailey comes up with the idea and her dad helps her simplify and organize it. They’ve also garnered the help of a group of scientists and astronomers to fact check.
When Bailey was in kindergarten, her teacher reported to her parents that she was the only child in class who went right to the non-fiction section when visiting the library. “I love non-fiction. That’s kind of a weird thing about me, most of my friends like fiction. I prefer to watch documentaries over watching cartoons,” says Bailey.
Over the past 2 years, Bailey has exhibited her books at BookCon and BookExpo in New York City. While signing her first book, she would ask readers what their favorite planet was. Kids became so excited to talk about their favorite planet, that she decided it would be the perfect subject for the second book, Stardust Explores the Solar System.
Bailey says her favorite planet is Saturn because it is speculated to have 62 moons. “Saturn and all its moons; it just gives me the chills every single time I think about it,” says Bailey.
Bailey hopes the books will inspire a love for science among young readers and adults alike. The success of the three books has enabled Bailey and Doug to help spread their passion for science to families around the world.
When asked who some of her biggest influences are, Bailey cites women in history like Mae Jemison and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose lecture she attended last year. “When I hear their stories about what they did,” says Bailey, “it motivates me to go further; it just makes me want to do more.”
To find out more about Bailey and her books, visit the Stardust webpage, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube feeds.