Monday, 21 September 2015

Story Time From Space Competition (ends 23rd September)

Nayu here! I hope you've had a good weekend. Mine was a quiet one, full of reading and crochet. I've got a brilliant competition which you'll be eager to enter. It does end this Wednesday - I was peaky so haven't been able to advertise this before now. Below are the all important details you need to find out how to win the incredible prize of an astronaut reading you a personalised book from space!!! This is literally an out of this world prize. Sadly I don't have any children to enter for, but you may! 

 We at Lost My Name have made a very exciting announcement today. With a lot of help from the wonderful team at Story Time From Space along with NASA & CASIS, we are sending a copy of our new book up to the International Space Station to be read out to one very, very lucky child. This is the first time in history that a book personalised to one, single child will be sent to - and read from - space.

What makes this even more exciting is that our new book, The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is a story about a child lost in space who has to find their way back home.

After seeing their name written in stars, our protagonist makes their way back to Earth in their space ship, flies over an actual satellite view of their own, real neighbourhood and eventually find their front door, which they recognise by its number. The story is so impossibly personalised that each and every book can only belong to one child.

To make sure it sinks in, the book we send to space will be for one child and one child only. This child will sit, snug in bed watching a video of an astronaut in actual space reading their space adventure book to them, with the real Earth spinning slowly in the background.

Lost My Name to send its new book to space.
(wait there's more...)

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home to become the world’s first personalised book to be read from space
      The NASA-endorsed project “Story Time from Space” have invited Lost My Name to launch their hotly anticipated new book into / from space.
      This is the world’s first book launch from space and the very first British book to be included in this amazing program.
      Because Lost My Name’s books are uniquely personalised, one lucky child will win a personalised bedtime reading by an astronaut orbiting the earth on the International Space Station

Story Time From Space, a NASA-endorsed project that champions STEM focused educational activities, has invited Lost My Name to send their hotly anticipated new book The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home into space as part of their inspiring project. But that’s not all… Story Time From Space and Lost My Name want to make one child’s dream of being rocketed into space a reality (well, almost). Together, we’re launching an almost unbelievable competition with a unique prize - the winning child will have their personalised book read to them from space by an astronaut. The child will also be invited to visit The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at the time of launch.

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is the first British book to be selected by Story Time From Space, which is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, and will be among 7 children’s books to be sent up to the International Space Station aboard Orbital 4 on December 3rd.

The new personalised picture book from Lost My Name follows a child from the depths of outer space to their own front door, and this incredible competition vividly brings that journey to life. The story includes advanced personalisation, from an aerial/satellite imagery of a child’s home to bespoke generative art of their name as a constellation of stars, making every story unique, and story time even more special. The book will be available to buy from October.

An astronaut involved in the Story Time From Space program will read the winning child’s personalised story from the International Space Centre (in the cupola - where there’s a window and you can see the earth below). The reading will be recorded and sent back to earth for the child to enjoy - right from outer space to their own home!

Asi Sharabi, Co Founder at Lost My Name said:
“Getting children to see that anything is possible is one of the most important things in the whole world and what we're all about as a company. We're beyond excited to take part in such an incredible program and experience and we're forever grateful to Story Time From Space for picking The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home to be launched (quite literally) from space.”

Bjarni Tryggvason, Veteran Astronaut and Story Time From Space team member said:
“The Story Time From Space, CASIS and NASA teams are thrilled to work with Lost My Name to give families around the world a direct connection to the ISS and space. Together we will take children from a child's dream-like journey through space to the real science and adventure of space travel.”

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home will be part of Story Time From Space’s exciting program aimed to use the International Space Station (ISS) and other space platforms to promote and improve STEM focused educational activities aimed toward schools, science centers and home education.  The Story Time From Space project couples Astronauts aboard the ISS video-recording themselves reading STEM connected stories featuring outer space storylines – such as Lost My Name’s The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home  -- and then demonstrating science experiments tied to the books’ storylines that kids in classrooms, science centers or at home can do, with a goal of enhancing interest and understanding of STEM topics.

The competition:
The competition is open to families in the UK & US until midnight on Wednesday 23rd September. The winning child’s personalised book will then begin its own special mission as it travels to NASA. The winner’s personalised copy of The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home will be launched into space from the Kennedy Space Centre on December 3rd in Orbital 4.

Story Time From Space is a non-profit organisation that combines literature with science. Their exciting program aims to inspire children around the world and involves astronauts on the International Space Station reading stories to children on earth and conducting science experiments as the world rotates below.

The competition launches on Thursday 17th September and parents have until midnight on Wednesday 23rd September to enter at

About Lost My Name:
Founded by three fathers and an uncle, Lost My Name creates magical, personalised entertainment for kids, helping them to become curious, courageous and kind
       Lost My Name was founded in 2012, and is based in Hackney, London
       Lost My Name is a proudly zero-inventory company, with every book uniquely printed on demand
       Lost My Name has shipped to 136 countries worldwide and has sold over 650,000 copies of The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name
       Lost My Name secured $9 million US investment led by Google Ventures in June 2015
       “The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home” is available from 1st October priced at £24.99 UK

About Story Time From Space:
      STFS team consists of Patricia Tribe (Educator & Co-Founder), Alvin Drew (Veteran US Astronaut & Co-Founder), Bjarni Tryggvason (Veteran Canadian Astronaut & Science Expert), Jeffrey Bennett (Astrophysicist/Author), Jack Moore (Webmaster) & Debbie Brown-Biggs (educator)
      STFS is using the excitement of space exploration to improve STEM & Literacy education around the world
      STFS partners with CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) & NASA
      STFS has payloads of books and science demonstrations going up on multiple launches

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