When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut. Her mom told her, “If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents’ encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space. This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.
This empowering Black History and Women’s History Month book can be used in speech therapy to address social/emotional issues like believing in yourself even when society doesn’t. It is also great for predicting, figurative language and for targeting mental state verbs as well as for targeting a variety of sounds including: /m/ initial, /st/ medial, /r/ medial and /dr/ initial! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Mae Among the Stars in speech therapy below: