You and the Universe

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Inspire kids to ask the big questions about Earth and the cosmos with this stunningly illustrated version of Professor Stephen Hawking's final message to humankind.

We are all time travelers journeying together into the future. But let us work together to make that future a place we want to visit.

Scientist and educator Stephen Hawking spent his life trying to unravel the mysteries of the universe. But, he still had many questions—and he wanted every reader, every child, to come together to help answer them: How can we save the planet? How can we learn to be there for one another?

Adapted from Professor Hawking’s posthumous 2020 Earth Day message, You and the Universe is his first picture book and is a tribute to the littlest citizens of Earth, highlighting the power of coming together and creating a better tomorrow.

Stephen Hawking was one of history’s most brilliant scientific minds. He was a professor at the University of Cambridge for more than thirty years and the recipient of numerous awards and other honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His many books include the classic A Brief History of Time. He also coauthored a series of children’s books with his daughter, Lucy Hawking, beginning with George’s Secret Key to the Universe. Stephen Hawking died in 2018. 

Lucy Hawking is a bestselling children's author and educator. She is the creator and co-author of the acclaimed seven-book George's Secret Key science adventure series for young readers. Her latest series, Princess Olivia Investigates..., shares climate science through character-led adventure story telling. Lucy's other science education projects include the Principia Space Diary with the UK Space Agency and the Mars Diary with the European Space Agency. Her production credits include The New Age Travel for Audible and the virtual reality experience, The Party, with the Guardian Media Group and the Autism Research Centre. Lucy lives in London with her family.


Xin Li is an illustrator and picture book creator. She grew up in China and currently lives in Norway. She studied design and worked for software companies for more than a decade. After having her daughter, Xin realized that her true passion lies in creating art and telling stories.

"Text from the Hawkings urges readers to care for one another and the planet in this buoyant book." —Publishers Weekly

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