David A. Aguilar

Space Artist - Astro Author - Expert Speaker

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. 

> Washington Post asks: What’s the secret weapon of a sports gambler who just broke the single-game ‘Jeopardy!’ record? answer: CHILDREN’S BOOKS! We hear this over & over, especially on the subject of space science & astronomy. (Click on text to read full article) David’s are lauded as “the best space science books for kids, with the largest adult audience.” These books truly are for ALL AGES <

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!

These award-winning books have been translated into Croatian, Greek, Japanese, Italian, South Korean and Slovenian!  LOOK for new books,“7 Wonders of the Milky Way”, plus a fantastic new take on the Moon in 2019 from National Geographic Books - just in time for the 50th anniversary of MAN’S WALK ON THE MOON!

Industry Book Reviews

for "7 WONDERS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM" -Sept 2017: "Admittedly our solar system holds many amazing features, but Aguilar selects the seven presented here based on where he would want to visit and take a selfie. Olympus Mons, a 16-mile high volcano on Mars; Saturn’s rings; Planet Nine, which is based off of mathematics and is still being studied; a few different moons (Europa, Titan, Charron); and planet Earth make the cut. Each wonder has several pages dedicated to describing and explaining its discovery, as well as information about the astronomers that studied it and visits made by spacecraft. Aguilar weaves together a narrative of science and imagination—readers can envision what it would be like to set foot on these distant lands. The majority of the amazing artwork was created by building 3-D models (using data gleaned from space probes, and scientific facts and figures) and then photographing and digitizing them. Students will be fascinated and educated at the same time. A thorough index helps make it useful for research, but since the work covers a mix of facts, it will be better suited for curiosity seekers."–Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio

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

"Readers who like their adventure on a planetary scale will be captivated by this book - Outstanding!" School Library Connection.

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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