David A. Aguilar

Author, Artist & Enrichment Lecturer

David A. Aguilar is a naturalist, astronomer, author and space artist. His expertise lies in presenting the fascinating connections between the universe and ourselves.

He is the award-winning author and illustrator of seven National Geographic books including "ALIEN WORLDS";  "13 PLANETS";  and "SPACE ENCYCLOPEDIA". His next book, "COSMIC CATASTROPHES" will be published by Random House in June 2016. 


---  NEW BOOK RELEASE ! JUNE 2017 ---

"SEVEN WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM" from Penguin/Smithsonian Books

Ready for a wondrous celestial journey?
            This extraordinary book puts you right there in the middle of our solar system: breaking through colorful gaseous hazes; exploring the surface of red-hot or ice-cold planets; hurtling through rings of flying, frozen ice chunks; and rocketing on out to deep space. Astronomer David A. Aguilar is our navigator on these seven wonderful trips through space—journeys that someday may actually happen!


These award-winning books have been translated into Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Italian, South Korean and Slovenian!  LOOK for more new books launching 2017-18 from Penguin/Smithsonian Books, ,including “7 Wonders of the Milky Way”, plus a fantastic new book on the Moon from National Geographic Books coming in 2019 - just in time for the 50th anniversary of man's walk on the moon!


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Penguin Smithsonian Books


Industry Book Reviews

for "COSMIC CATASTROPHES" : "Chilling, compelling, and clearly explained. A lively exploration of seven cosmic catastrophes that could hit Earth and any of the other 20 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy." - Vancouver Public Library

for "ALIEN WORLDS": Alien Space Scouts Wanted!” are the opening words.  Aguilar lays out the mission – “Use your science-based imaginations to help investigate exoplanets.”  Well, who could possibly resist that?  First are some pages explaining what types of planets could support life, what those conditions might be and how we can find them.  Then eight exoworlds are introduced and Aguilar’s imagined life forms both explained and portrayed.  Each world is rendered in gorgeous paintings and the aliens are fabulous – and all solidly based on physical and biological science.

This book is SO much fun!  I loved reading about each and every world and I wasn’t alone.  The older members of the focus group were fascinated by this book and examined each page minutely and it has generated some wonderful discussions and drawings.  The backmatter is equally wonderful including 4 pages on How to Build Your Own Alien and I know that will soon happen at our house.  Aguilar also provides extensive resources, a glossary and an excellent index.   - Lynn Rutan, Booklist Online: ALA


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Member, American Astronomical Society - AAS; International Association of Astronomical Artists - IAAA; Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators - SCBWI

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