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Hello, Star

Illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Hello, Star.

When a young girl learns that a bright light in the sky is coming from a dying star, she promises to keep it company until the light goes out. Every night the girl reassures her friend that she is still there.


Hello, Star.

I know you’re scared,

but you’re not alone.


As the years pass, the girl learns everything she can about planets, space, and the universe, until she realizes she needs to do something more.


Hello, Star.

I’ll find a way to you.


This touching tribute to stars, space, and science celebrates how a small act of compassion can flourish into a life full of meaning and wonder.

"This book celebrates a child's curiosity and compassion ... share with your favorite future astronaut." —Kirkus Reviews

"With other-worldly illustrations from Vashti Harrison (!), Hello, Star is an awesomely inspirational picture book." —Barnes & Noble

"[An] inspiring story ... beautifully symbolizes the idea of legacy ... will illuminate a path for future curious children."

ALA Booklist

"This gorgeous picture book combines STEM themes with social/emotional learning ...  Vashti Harrison’s always stunning illustrations accompany Lucianovic’s compassionate story. I can’t wait to read a print copy of this to my science-loving daughter."

Book Riot's Must-Read October Children's Book Releases

"[In] this well-paced picture book ... Descriptive prose focuses on lyricism ... Harrison’s characteristically absorbing illustrations, rendered in colored pencil and digitally, make vivid use of chiaroscuro, offering mesmerizing, photorealistic spreads of skies and space in this narrative ideal for young astrophiles." -Publisher's Weekly

"Sublime illustrations by Vashti Harrison perfectly capture the wonder of a dying supernova that propels a determined girl's astronaut dreams." —Entertainment Weekly

  • Barnes & Noble's Most Anticipated Kids' and YA Book Releases of September 2021 list.

  • Named a Best Book of 2021 by Smithsonian's Air & Space Magazine:

  • Book Riot's Best of 2021 List

  • Entertainment Weekly's Best Children's Books of 2021 List

  • SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2021

Picture Book

October 2021

Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Cover art by Vashti Harrison

Book and cover design by David Caplan

and Prashansa Thapa

Downloadable Teaching Resource

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