You loved You Are Stardust the book — now, get the app!

Available Now! Owlkids Books is thrilled to announce the launch of its very first app, You Are Stardust, available from the iTunes App Store. The app is an enhanced digital version of the book and features narration by author Elin Kelsey, a behind-the-scenes look at how Soyeon Kim created her dioramas, a build-your-own diorama activity, animation and sound effects, read-to-me and read-on-my-own options, and an original score by renowned music producer Paul Aucoin.

A note from the author

Do we really drink the same water as the dinosaurs did?
Every big idea in You Are Stardust is grounded in current
science and author Dr. Elin Kelsey explains more in this
short essay. But don't worry if you still don't have answers
to every question — the goal of this book is simply to
inspire magical, exploratory conversations between adult
and child.

The making of You Are Stardust

From early sketches to the final photoshoot, hundreds of hours of time and effort went into the making of You Are Stardust. Watch this slideshow to get a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of this picture book.

Lesson plan for teachers

A special thanks to the dedicated educators at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (OISE, University of Toronto) who offered us early feedback on the book and prepared this lesson plan suitable for K-6 students.

In addition to this thought-provoking guide, a Common Core Learning Standards lesson plan is available here.

A Grade 2 class uses
You Are Stardust in a Knowledge Building Circle

If you have read through the Educator's Guide (above) and would love to see inquiry-based learning in action, you're in luck! We visited Cindy Halewood's Grade 2 class at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (OISE, University of Toronto) and filmed her students as they engaged in a lively discussion about the book's themes.

Craft:
Make your own diorama

You Are Stardust is uniquely illustrated with 3D dioramas. Using this how-to guide from artist Soyeon Kim, readers can turn any scene into a diorama.

Author and artist Q&As

If you have questions about Elin Kelsey's inspiration for You Are Stardust or about how long it took Soyeon Kim to create the dioramas for the book, you've come to the right place!

Suggestions for further reading

Many parents, educators, and scientists are concerned about kids' growing disconnectedness from nature. Much research has been done emphasizing how important is it for children to connect with the natural world. We've collected a few great articles about the phenomenon — and some tips for getting your kids to go outside and play.