- Author Bio
The award-winning author of The Most Magnificent Thing introduces the value of science and inquiry to young readers with humor and heart. For fans of Ada Twist, Scientist and Hidden Figures.
Esther the fairy doesn’t believe in magic. But fairies are all about magic, despite Esther’s best efforts to reveal the science of their world. No matter how she and her bird, Albert, explain that rainbows are refracted light rather than a path to gold, or that mist is water evaporating rather than an evil omen, or the importance of the scientific method, her fairymates would rather just do magic. So when the other fairies’ solution to helping a dying tree is to do a mystical moonlight dance, Esther decides to take it upon herself to resuscitate the tree…with the scientific method, some hypothesizing, a few experiments and the heady conclusion that trees need sunlight to live! But while Esther manages to save the tree, she can’t quite change the minds of her misguided fairymates…or can she?
Fairy Science, the first in a hilarious new picture book series, introduces a charming, determined heroine as she learns about the world and celebrates the joys of curiosity and exploring science.
Series Overview: First in a two-book deal for a series (Fairy Science) featuring Esther that we hope to continue if sales are positive.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley’s books are known for teaching patience and discovery, and The Most Magnificent Thing has sold over 22k copies in Canada.
STEM APPEAL: Fairy Science introduces age-appropriate science concepts like erosion, evaporation and photosynthesis in a way that is fun for kids to learn. It also teaches the scientific method, so kids understand the basics of creating experiments.
STRONG FEMALE HEROINE: Esther is feisty but friendly, an empowering guide to the world of science.
REAL SCIENCE BACK MATTER: A note in the back matter fact checks the major scientific concepts introduced in the book to help kids know what is true and what elements took some fairy magic to achieve.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITY: The final page of the book includes an experiment that readers can try at home.
HUMOR: Esther and Albert are a plucky duo, and the fairymates are silly and lovable.
CO-PUBLISHERS: Strong partner with Crown Books for Young Readers in the U.S.
Marketing: -Fairies vs Unicorns joint activity kit
-Fairies vs Unicorns PRHC YR newsletter
-Paid social advertising
-Fall preview title
-Consider gift guide
Publicity: -Fairies vs Unicorns joint events
-Fairies vs Unicorns joint media
Author Website: www.ashleyspires.com
Author Social Media: @ashleyspires
“A magical addition to the STEM shelf.” --Kirkus Reviews
“Fairy Science is a very exciting, enticing, informative and imaginative book to introduce to young earthlings about the core concept of reason and logic: mixing magic and science with little sparkle!” --Resource Links