Roda Ahmed

Saturday, April 20, 11AM

We are honored to welcome Roda Ahmed, author of Mae Among the Stars, to Wild Rumpus! Her beautiful picture book about Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space, has received much well-deserved acclaim and is a perfect book to inspire young feminists, regardless of gender.

Roda Ahmed is a Norwegian author and columnist born in Hargeisa, Somalia. Roda is the bestselling author of Forberedelsen (The Preparations). Mae Among the Stars is her first children’s book. She can speak five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English, and French. Roda lives in LA with her husband and two children. For more info check out

Order your book here! If you would like your book personally inscribed and signed by Roda Ahmed, just indicate to whom you would like it inscribed in the customer notes when you order, or place your order over the phone by calling us at 612-920-5005. If you are unable to attend the event, you will be able to pick up your book anytime after April 20th.


Saturday, 20 April 2019 - 11:00am
Mae Among the Stars Cover Image
By Roda Ahmed, Stasia Burrington (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062651730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - January 9th, 2018

A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts!

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.

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2720 West 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
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