Jada Scott, an 11-year-old student at the Thurman Francis Arts Academy magnet school, will present a storytelling and signing for her first book, “Talking Planets: The Night Problem,” from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Nov. 17 (Sunday) at Alkebu-Lan Images, 2721 Jefferson Street, Nashville, Tennessee, 37208.
The talented author and visual artist takes readers on an adventurous journey through the solar system aboard her red, white and purple rocket. She brings the sun, nearby planets, moon, and even a black hole to life with insightful facts and original artwork.
“I was curious about space after I visited the Rocket Center and the Adventure Science Center, so I decided to write a book,” said Jada. “I enjoy learning about science and planets, so I thought the book would give other kids a way to learn what I learned.”
The book, published by In Due Season Publishing, will be available at Alkebu-Lan Images, and is currently also available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
“When kids read my book they really enjoy and connect with it. I have done several readings at elementary schools and I really enjoy it. Kids ask me a lot of questions about space (in general) and how to publish a book.”
She says there are plans for another book but not sure when.
“I aspire to work for NASA as a rocket ship designer/engineer when I grow up,” said Jada. “In addition to my love for science, I enjoy art and creating solar system models… Especially since I am learning more about how things work through researching and projects.”
While reading “Talking Planets,” space travelers learn what it would be like to visit our sun and planetary neighbors. At the end of her book, Jada invites readers of all ages to join her on a space bus for more exploration. She created a mixed media image of her bus with metal markers and paper. The future rocket scientist used pencil to develop the concepts for another two-dozen original illustrations, including the rocket, sun and planets. Readers even get to meet a NASA engineer.
In addition to the book signing on the 17th, she recently spoke at a Kid CEO trick or treat event, and will be featured at the RCBBN Business Showcase on Saturday November 30 from 10am-4pm at Patterson Park gym in Murfreesboro, TN. Lelan Statom of News Channel 5 also recognized Jada and the book on News Channel 5 This Morning back in August, 2019.
“It is important because it is good to know where our Earth came from and its surrounding planets,” the fifth grader added. “Without the solar system, the Earth would not be the way it is. For example, without the Sun, we would freeze to death and without the Moon, our seasons would not be correct. My book represents an easier way to understand planets and the solar system so all ages can understand and enjoy it.”