January 23, 2022

University Publishing + Children’s Literature: First Title From MIT Kids Press Published Today

From the MIT Press:

On September 7, MIT Kids Press—a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a university press, the MIT Press, and a children’s publisher, Candlewick Press—will publish its inaugural title, Ada and the Galaxies. A picture book by Professor of the Practice of the Humanities Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv, illustrated by Susanna Chapman, it’s inspired by Lightman’s desire to encourage kids’ native interest in the world around them.

Lightman says of the book: “Children have an instinctive curiosity about the natural world, but that fascination is often stifled by our regimented and fast paced lifestyle, and our manufactured environment of concrete and steel. I hope that Ada and the Galaxies, and other books like it, will help rekindle the fresh awe of gazing up at the starry night sky, or holding a spiraling seashell in your hand, or listening to the haunting call of a loon. Also, the feeling of connection to nature. We are all part of something larger than ourselves.”


Going forward, MIT Kids Press and its sister press for older readers, MITeen Press, will continue to publish lively, fascinating, and far-reaching writing on STEAM topics for young people, offering ambitious and engaging books for the next generations of budding thinkers, designers, scientists, leaders, and inventors. The next book from MITeen Press is Become an App Inventor: The Official Guide from MIT App Inventor, Your Guide to Designing, Building, and Sharing Apps, due out in February of 2022.

Read the Complete MIT Press Post

See Also: MIT Press to Collaborate with Candlewick Press on Imprints for Children And Teens (April 13, 2020)

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