Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact!

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In Conversation with Jennifer Swanson, Author of Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact

Hello everyone,

It is with great honor that we introduce you to Jennifer Swanson, an award-winning author of over 35 (!!!) nonfiction books. She is joining us today to talk about her new book titled “Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact.” 

Astronaut-Aquanaut is published by National Geographic Kids. This book provides readers with an opportunity to know more about how outer space and deep oceans are alike but different. Readers will learn about how an astronaut and an aquanaut prepare to fly to the moon or dive deep underwater.

In celebration of her bookwe spoke to Jennifer about her writing journey, What her book is all about and the inspiration for writing about science and technology. Tune in to learn more!


About Jennifer Swanson

Jen Author Photo-2017.jpgAward-winning author Jennifer Swanson’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science resonates in the fascinating 25+ nonfiction and fiction books she has written for children. 

Her book, SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) was selected as an NSTA Best STEM book for 2017. Jennifer has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee and her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, and the National Science Teacher Association. Jennifer’s new books include releases with National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Rosen Publishing.

A perpetual writer, Jennifer is always developing new story ideas and concepts. Keep an eye out for her in the future. You can learn more about her at

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More about Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact

The journey from the deepest trenches in the oceans to the farthest humans have ventured into space and learn what it takes to explore the extremes. You might just be surprised by how similar the domains of ASTRONAUTS and AQUANAUTS really are.

Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (National Geographic Kids)Space and the ocean. If you don’t think they go together, think again! Both deep-sea and space explorers have to worry about pressure, temperature, climate, and most importantly, how to survive in a remote and hostile environment. Join us on an amazing journey as we go up in space with astronauts and dive deep down in the ocean with aquanauts to explore the far-off places of our planet and the solar system.

With a strong tie into STEM topics–such as making connections, making comparisons, and recognizing patterns across content areas–readers will discover the amazing science and incredible innovations that allow humans (and sometimes only machines) to survive in these harsh environments.

Click the Amazon link below to know more about Astronaut-Aquanaut, read reviews and purchase your own copy.


In this interview, you’ll find out

  • Introduction to author Jennifer Swanson and her new book Astronaut-Aquanaut: How Space Science and Sea Science Interact (National Geographic Kids)
  • Why is it important for young readers to have books about STEM?
  • The contrasts of living under the water and in outer space in a habitat created for that area and the requirements to do so
  • Some other STEM books created by Jennifer, interesting facts about her books and much more.
  • What are you currently working on and where can people find you online?


Thank you,  Jennifer, for joining us and for sharing your wonderful book with us!

Jennifer Swanson is a gem, is she not? Be sure to check out her bookAstronaut-Aquanaut and stay tuned for the next edition of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast!


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