An interactive book of facts about the solar system, its objects, the planets and beyond - from the mind of a 10 year old.
BY ASTON SMITH

Aston's new book, Things About Space

Aston Smith is a keen aspiring astronomer with a fascination of space. Living with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of 8 years old, he decided to create and publish a book containing facts about The Solar System.

Now at 10 years old, Aston wanted to expand on his first book by creating an updated interactive version packed full of new thoughts, experiences, and facts and information about other objects like stars, black holes and exoplanets. His fascination with space and the expanding universe captures his interest and he loves to share his knowledge with others. Aston has also refreshed his drawings digitally using his iPad.



Things About Space is an interactive book. Using a compatible device, readers are able to scan QR codes and listen to Aston narrate each page in his own voice. This is especially advantageous for young children who may struggle with some of the more complex object names and terminology. Click or scan the QR code below to listen to a sample of Aston narrating a paragraph of the book.



Aston's mission is to inspire other children who have ADHD and who are autistic. He wants to encourage them to follow their dreams despite any barriers they may have. Aston refers to his autism as his "superpower", as it has given him a thirst for space facts and a creative mind.

Aston has featured in the BBC News and in the Chronicle & Echo. He was interviewed on BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt and Nina Warhurst, interviewed and featured on ITV News, and had his story told on BBC Radio Northampton followed by a live interview with Annabel Amos.

Recently, Aston has returned to BBC Radio Northampton for another live interview with Annabel Amos talking about hitting his target donation pledge to UK Astronomy, and getting his book into schools for children to read. This interview was also followed up with article on BBC News.


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A little about Aston

Aston Smith is a keen aspiring astronomer with a fascination of space, time, everything in the observable universe and beyond. So much so, that at the age of 8 years old, he decided to create and publish a book containing facts about our solar system.

Living with ADHD and autism, Aston has found researching and creating his factual book about the space objects in our solar system both extremely challenging and satisfying. His fascination with space and the expanding universe captures his interest and provides him with focus and a welcome calm to his chaotic frame of mind.

Plans for the future

Aston very much hopes to continue to pursue his interest in both astronomy and being an author. It has been an amazing experience for him and he has achieved so much at such an early stage of his life. Aston is already thinking about his next book. He want's to write about his struggles living with ADHD and autism and how it affects his life.

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