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You Are Stardust

From You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey,
illustrated by Soyeon Kim
You Are Stardust App Store Cover

You loved You Are Stardust the book — now, get the app!


Available Now! 

Owlkids Books is thrilled to announce the launch of its very first app, You Are Stardust, available from the iTunes App Store. The app is an enhanced digital version of the book and features narration by author Elin Kelsey, a behind-the-scenes look at how Soyeon Kim created her dioramas, a build-your-own diorama activity, animation and sound effects, read-to-me and read-on-my-own options, and an original score by renowned music producer Paul Aucoin.

You are a stardust

A note from the author


Do we really drink the same water as the dinosaurs did? Every big idea in You Are Stardust is grounded in current science and author Dr. Elin Kelsey explains more in this short essay. But don’t worry if you still don’t have answers to every question — the goal of this book is simply to inspire magical, exploratory conversations between adult and child.

The Making of You Are Stardust


From early sketches to the final photoshoot, hundreds of hours of time and effort went into the making of You Are Stardust. Watch this video to get a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of this picture book.

You Are Stardust Teacher Guide

Lesson plan for teachers


A special thanks to the dedicated educators at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (OISE, University of Toronto) who offered us early feedback on the book and prepared this lesson plan suitable for K-6 students.

In addition to this thought-provoking guide, a Common Core Learning Standards lesson plan is available here.

A Grade 2 class uses You Are Stardust in a Knowledge Building Circle


If you have read through the Educator’s Guide (above) and would love to see inquiry-based learning in action, you’re in luck! We visited Cindy Halewood’s Grade 2 class at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School (OISE, University of Toronto) and filmed her students as they engaged in a lively discussion about the book’s themes.

Craft: Make your own diorama


You Are Stardust is uniquely illustrated with 3D dioramas. Using this how-to guide from artist Soyeon Kim, readers can turn any scene into a diorama.

You Are Stardust QA

Author and artist Q&A


If you have questions about Elin Kelsey’s inspiration for You Are Stardust or about how long it took Soyeon Kim to create the dioramas for the book, you’ve come to the right place!

You Are Stardust Suggestion For Further Reading

Suggestions for further reading


Many parents, educators, and scientists are concerned about kids’ growing disconnectedness from nature. Much research has been done emphasizing how important is it for children to connect with the natural world. We’ve collected a few great articles about the phenomenon — and some tips for getting your kids to go outside and play.

Explore Other Books By Elin Kelsey and Soyeon Kim


You Are Never Alone
Explore how humans are inextricably connected to nature
Wild Ideas
Look at what animals can teach us about creative problem solving
A Last Goodbye
Exploring the beauty in how animals mourn