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Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin - Alder & Alouette
Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin - Alder & Alouette

Your Place in the Universe

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Explore the known Universe and consider its mind-boggling scale in this crisply illustrated, well-researched picture book from Caldecott Medalist Jason Chin, Your Place in the Universe. 

Most eight-year-olds are about five times as tall as this book . . . but only half as tall as an ostrich, which is half as tall as a giraffe . . . twenty times smaller than a California Redwood! How do they compare to the tallest buildings? To Mt. Everest? To stars, galaxy clusters, and . . . the universe?

Jason Chin, the award-winning author and illustrator of Grand Canyon has once again found a way to make a complex subject--size, scale and almost unimaginable distance--accessible and understandable to readers of all ages.

Meticulously researched and featuring the highly detailed artwork for which he is renowned, Your Place in the Universe is How Much is a Million for the new millenium, sure to be an immediate hit with kids looking for an engaging way to delve into perspective, astronomy, and astrophysics.

Curious readers will love the extensive supplementary material included in the back of the book, too.


  • An American Library Association Notable Children's Book 
  • A New England Book Award Finalist 
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year 
  • A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 
  • A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection 
  • A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of the Year 
  • A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year!
  • Winner of the Cook Prize


  • Your Place in the Universe
  • Written and illustrated by Jason Chin.
  • Published by Neal Porter Books, September 1, 2020.
  • Ages 7 to 11 years
  • 0.6" H x 10.1" L x 10.2" W (1.0 lbs) 40 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Nonfiction, Science, Perspective, Size, Scale, Distance, Measurement, Astronomy, Physics