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Eclipse author booking school visits

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

The author of the new children's picture book Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story is accepting speaking requests, including but not limited to a planned Texas book tour March 29 through April 5.

With her timely book as a guide, author Jayme Sandberg offers an engaging and relevant presentation for elementary students spanning eclipse safety and the unexpected ways we shine when working together.

"As a mom of a kindergartener and third grader, I know how important it is for kids to learn about the eclipse in advance so everyone can fully enjoy the amazing spectacle when eclipse day comes,” Sandberg said. “It was my own experience with young children during the 2017 total solar eclipse that inspired me to write this book. Now I want to share it with as many families as possible.”

Man, woman and two girls reading in a field
Author Jayme Sandberg was inspired by her family to write Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story.

Sandberg’s presentation uses fun space facts and “punny” jokes to set up the book’s main characters and setting. Following her reading of Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story in which she takes care to point out eclipse eye safety notes, Sandberg guides the audience in a social emotional learning discussion about perspective, assumptions, and teamwork. In closing, students will recite Sun’s Solar Safety Viewing Pledge and have a chance to ask the author questions.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon aligns perfectly between the Earth and the sun, casting a shadow that temporarily turns day into night. The next total solar eclipse in the U.S. is Monday, April 8, 2024. After that, people will have to wait more than 20 years to see one again from U.S. soil. A book feature is a memory page where owners can record their unique total solar eclipse experience.

In the book, Sandberg weaves a unique narrative told from the anxious Sun’s point of view. While Sun frets about whether Earthlings will get hurt or loose faith in their trusty star, Sun also secretly worries about being overshadowed by a best friend. In the satisfying conclusion, Sun learns they are even better when they shine together.

The total solar eclipse becomes a metaphor for the extraordinary achievements possible when diverse talents unite towards a common goal. Sandberg encourages young minds to shine like the Sun, individually brilliant yet even more radiant when working in harmony with others.

Students will leave the presentation eager to explore both the wonders of the universe and the power of collaboration.

All schools or organizations, regardless of location or timeline, are encouraged to reach out about virtual or in-person speaking requests.

To inquire about rates and scheduling, please email with “Author Visit” in the subject line.

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