The most magical story time imaginable... is happening

Two years ago, Lost My Name set out to make children’s bed times more magical. But we never imagined we would one day be a part of something like this.

We make personalised story books because they make each child feel as though the adventure in its pages is theirs. We go to extraordinary lengths to make our young readers feel like anything is possible — so they believe they can do astonishing things in real life. This is why today’s announcement is especially exciting to us.

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.

We think this will be the most unique, magical story time there has ever been. What we need is to find the child that will get to be ‘the one’! And the competition is now open.

If you are based in the UK or US, you could win this unfathomable prize for a special child in your life. To enter into the competition, you need to click this link and give us your details, and the child’s details, by 11.59pm GMT on the 23rd September. The child must be between 4-8 years old to make sure they’re the right reading age for the book. We want whoever wins this to really love it.

The winner’s book will be printed on Friday 24th September and sent to NASA via CASIS on the 26th to be included in their payload. We will also send the child, along with their parent/guardian, to watch the launch at The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex which will take place at the start of December. You can find more detailed terms and conditions here.

We’ll keep updating you on this page or you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Keep watching the stars.

FAQs

Is this real? Is this some kind of trick? It is 100% completely real. We’ll deliver the book to NASA by the 6th October, and on the 3rd December it will launch into space on board Orbital 4.

So what is the prize, exactly? The winner will receive a copy of our new book, “The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home” personalised to a child they know, a link to a video of an astronaut reading a copy of the personalised book from the International Space Station, and a trip to The Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex for the child and their parent or guardian.

For more information about this, please see the competition Terms and Conditions.

On the off-chance that I don’t win, can I buy this amazing book anyway? If you have a lostmy.name account, you can order it now. It will be available to everyone on the 29th September.

Are there any age restrictions for the child? Yes. The child must be between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. This is the reading age of the book, so we want to make sure the chosen child really enjoys the story.

When will the reading be? Can I watch it live? As you might imagine, the astronauts on the International Space Station operate on a fairly unusual schedule, including when they read books. This means the reading will be recorded and then provided as a video.

Do I get the book back afterwards? It’s unclear if and when the book that goes up to the space station will return to Earth, but regardless, a second copy will be given to the child so as far as they know, this will be the book that went to space. Should we get the real book back, we will of course send this to the child for extra doses of excitement.