Child of the Universe

Ray Jayawardhana (Author) Raul Colón (Illustrator)

Product Details

Make Me a World
Publish Date
March 17, 2020
10.2 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 0.95 pounds
Library Binding

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About the Author

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell, Ray Jayawardhana investigates the origins and diversity of planetary systems and the prospects for life in the universe, using many of the world's largest telescopes. He is a prolific researcher with more than 125 scientific papers to his credit, whose discoveries have garnered widespread attention. Child of the Universe is Ray's picture-book debut. Find out more at or on Twitter at @DrRayJay.

Raul Colón has illustrated several highly acclaimed picture books, including Draw!, the New York Times bestselling Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt; Susanna Reich's José! Born to Dance, and Jill Biden's Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops. Mr. Colón lived in Puerto Rico as a young boy and now resides in New City, New York, with his family.


"There's hardly room--or need--for white space in a book this grand and glorious. Out of this world." - Kirkus, starred review

"A magnificent journey through the cosmos." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This lovely picture book can spark interest in scientific exploration, create awareness of our connection to the cosmos, and encourage dreamers." --School Library Journal, starred review

"The simplicity of the text is brilliantly upheld by Colón's spectacular colored-pencil illustrations. The wordless spreads are particularly compelling for their swaths and curlicues of rich colors depicting cosmic wonders such as solar flares, atomic structures, and ocean waves." --Booklist