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Deborah Marcero

Boy Whose Head was Filled with Stars, The: A life of Edwin Hubble

Boy Whose Head was Filled with Stars, The: A life of Edwin Hubble

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This beautifully illustrated biography of Edwin Hubble explores the curiosity that he possessed from a young age, and the many questions that he asked about our universe. This book invites children to ponder these questions as well: How many stars are in the sky? How did the universe begin? Where did it come from?

★ A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids of 2021 
A Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings) Loveliest Children’s Book of 2021
 A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2022, of Outstanding Merit
 An Air & Space Magazine Best Children's Book of 2021 
A EUREKA! Nonfiction Children's Book Honor Award Winner (California Reading Association)
 Nominated for a 2023 Beehive Award for Children's Informational Books (Children's Literature Association of Utah)

This is the story of Edwin Hubble, a boy fascinated by the stars who surmounted many hurdles to follow his dreams of becoming an astronomer. Using the insights of great mathematicians and endlessly observing the sky, he succeeded in confirming two things that altered human life forever: that there are more galaxies than our own, and that the universe is always expanding. Hubble’s message to us is to find peace in the vastness of the mystery surrounding us, and to be curious. “We do now know why we are born into the world,” he said, “but we can try to find out what sort of world it is.”

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Isabelle Marinov speaks four languages fluently, but for a reason that defies her, English is her preferred language for prose. She likes to write across genres and has always been fascinated by physics and astronomy, but since her brain wasn’t wired for those, she studied law instead. The Boy Whose Head Was Filled With Stars marks Isabelle’s picture book debut. You can visit her at and follow her on Instagram @isabelle.marinov.

Deborah Marcero is the author and illustrator of In A Jar (Putnam) and My Heart Is A Compass (LBYR). Deborah has always loved photographing starry night skies, but by painting the stars through the discoveries of Edwin Hubble, the universe became much more vast than it was before for her, too. You can find more of Deborah’s books and drawings at or follow her on Twitter or Instagram @deborahmarcero.

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