I have been invited to talk about HER EYES WERE ON THE STARS on the podcast LOOKING UP WITH DEAN REGAS on the NPR affiliate WVXU (91.7), Cincinnati Public Radio. I'll be interviewed in studio September 25th, and will announce the air date as I learn it. Replays may be found here:
Dean is the author of “How to Teach Grown-Ups About Pluto” and “100 Things to See in the Night Sky.”
Looking Up is a production of Cincinnati Public Radio."
Kids with an interest in biographies, science, astronomy, NASA, the Hubble Telescope, space, strong women or role models, or people who face challenges head on will enjoy this book. Though the vocabulary is a little high, it may be read aloud to younger kids who will enjoy it just as much as older children. Also, if you love timelines, or additional information about the story, those are also included. And the artwork is beautiful too!
Could you please tell us something curious about you and/or your book?
I initially had a telephone interview with Dr. Roman for my research for this book, but when I met her in person, she was 91 years old. She was still talking to groups about astronomy, and had recently given one to her senior living community, where we shared noodle soup one afternoon. She was treated like a rock star. Everyone knew her and about her accomplishments. I had learned during the telephone interview that she used a specific book for her astronomy club when she was a child. I located a copy on Ebay and brought it with me for her to autograph, which she did. That book is mentioned in my picture book, and I display the autographed copy on my table at book events.
Is this your first time participating in Kentucky Book Festival? If yes – what are you looking forward to the most? If you’ve participated before – what was your favorite experience at the Festival?
This is my first time participating at the Kentucky Book Festival and I’ll be so excited to be back in Lexington! After attending the University of Kentucky, I moved to Dayton for my job and I have missed Lexington ever since. I hope I see familiar faces in the crowd and that my book will make my hometown proud.
To see this year's author lineup visit:
Saturday, November 4 from 9:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Greystone Event Center in Wooster, OH.
Visit https://Buckeyebookfair.org/ for more information.
Join us for a special event where I will be signing books, and start your holiday shopping!
November 19, 2023
3:00 p.m. Central
6377 Canton Road, Cadiz, KY
Watch for more details.
At 1:30-2:00 p.m. I will be talking about my book HER EYES WERE ON THE STARS
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/read-with-me-a-childrens-book-festival-tickets-615294491387 for more information.
Art Showcase of Illustrator Gayle Cobb
Friday, August 11
Centerville Police Department,
155W. Spring Valley Pike
Sep 14, 2023
Come join us for a special Family Astronomy Night featuring award winning author Jennifer Sommer!
Copies of Sommer's new book "Her Eyes Were on the Stars" will be available for purchase and she will even be present to sign them for you. The theme for the evening will be Telescopes. You won't want to miss this so get your tickets soon!
Family Astronomy Night is our new fun and interactive craft/activity night for families at the Cincinnati Observatory. If you have enjoyed our Cosmic Kids or Astronomy Night programs, this is for you! Geared for families with children 5-12 years old, Family Astronomy Night will include solar viewing (if clear), a tour of the Observatory, and a hands-on space activity or craft. It will be fun for the whole family.
Tickets: $15/adult, $7/child, Free for Observatory Members
Space is limited. Sign up today.