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My book “ABCs From Space: A Discovered Alphabet” from Simon & Schuster is out!

+In his review for The New York Times, Dan Yaccarino, says: “Voiland provides a handy appendix that not only identifies the location of each photograph, but also gives just enough information as to what the natural phenomenon actually is to inspire budding geologists and meteorologists…Twenty or so years from now, we may point to this book as the launchpad for the careers of astrophysicists and astronauts.”

+For the The Wall Street Journal, Meghan Cox Gurdon says: “Young children will find the alphabet in amazing places in ABCs from Space, an abecedary composed of distant landforms, cloud formations and sinuous waterways…In some cases, what we see on the page accords with what we would imagine: The crisp, white, icy length of Smith Island off Antarctica—the letter “I”—sits in navy-blue seas. In other cases, the satellite measures both visible light and invisible light (invisible to the human eye, that is) rendering the landscape in extraordinary detail and psychedelic color. Here the Euphrates River appears black as it flows around the turquoise precincts of Raqqa, Syria, with blood-red farm fields on the riverbanks creating the letter “P”.

+Air & Space Magazine listed ABCs From Space as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2017. Rebecca Maksel says: “In this inventive book clouds form the letter B, a meandering river outlines an A, while cracks in sea ice make a perfect W. The book’s appendix explains the origin of each image, as well as naming the satellite that took it.”

+The National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council named ABCs from Space an Outstanding Trade Book for Students K-12. Read more about it.

+In its starred review, Publishers Weekly says: “In more ways than one, it’s a book that lets readers see Earth—and the alphabet—in a new light.”

+Kirkus Reviews says: “This highly unusual and scientific alphabet book will intrigue those sky gazers who see shapes in the clouds…Definitely not your usual ABC book, this sophisticated approach will best appeal to science teachers and scientifically minded children.”

+In a post for FYFD, Nicole Sharp says: “I’m often asked about resources for teaching kids about fluid dynamics, and Voiland’s book is a great option for introducing that subject, as well as many other fields of science.”

+School Library Journal says: “There is a certain nerdy awesomeness to Voiland’s photographic journey through the Roman alphabet—the sheer wonder of finding patterns in nature, especially ones that happen to resemble A’s and B’s. Voiland combed through countless NASA satellite images to find waterways, weather systems, and cloudscapes when compiling this collection.”

+In an article about the book, the Greenfield Recorder says: “The book ends with a five-page legend, which explains exactly where and when each photo was taken and what it represents, as well as an explainer about satellite images and natural and geologic forms.”

+The Brown Alumni Magazine noted: “The new book ABCs from Space: A Discovered Alphabet by Adam Voiland ’05 is a world apart from the typical “A is for Apple” genre of children’s books.”