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To Burp or Not to Burp - A Guide to Your Body in Space

To Burp or Not to Burp

A Guide to Your Body in Space

Interest Age: 7–10
Grade: 2–5
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover : 9781554518548, 56 pages, October 2016 , 11" x 8.5"
Paperback : 9781554518531, 56 pages, October 2016 , 11" x 8.5"
Rights sold: Korean


An informative and humorous look at what happens to your body in space – by someone who has been there. Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is "How do you go to the toilet in space?"This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body:How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like? The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut who speaks from first-hand experience. Written for kids ages 7 to 10, this book uses age-appropriate language to explain the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers. The opening message from Dr. Dave empowers kids to follow his example by believing in themselves and following their dreams.


  • Short-listed, Book of the Year Award finalist, Foreword Reviews 2017
  • Long-listed, Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Awards nomination 2017
  • Short-listed, American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize finalist 2017
  • Short-listed, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Long-listed, Information Book Award finalist, Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables 2017
  • Runner-up, Green Book Festival Award, Runner-Up 2018
  • Short-listed, Canadian Science Writers’ Association Youth Book Award finalist 2017
  • Nominated, Silver Birch Award nomination, Ontario Library Association 2017
  • Nominated, Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination 2017
  • Nominated, Cybils Blogger’s Award nomination 2016
  • Nominated, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017


“This informative book would be great for the elementary classroom!” 

- National Science Teachers Association Recommends, 05/05/17

“Highly entertaining title. Interspersed between the funny and gross parts are scientific facts that will amuse and enlighten. ”

- Resource Links, 02/01/17

“A great resource for students to think critically about life in space. ”

- CM Magazine, 02/17/17

“A fun, educational and quirky book. Kids will love it! 4 stars!”

- The Write Path, 05/29/17

To Burp or Not to Burp is a must-read for those future space explorers and kids curious about how the human body works in space. —Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

- Captain Scott Kelly USN (Ret), Former NASA Astronaut

“[A] welcome addition for those interested in a future in space . . . informative. ”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 08/14/17

Kids, teachers and parents will love Dr. Dave’s wonderful book. It tells it like it is!—Barbara Morgan (Ret)Former NASA Astronaut

- Barbara Morgan (Ret) Former NASA Astronaut