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Mighty Valentina is a fictional story, inspired by the first woman astronaut to go to Space: Valentina Tereshkova. Andreia Nunes wrote the text and Rachel Caiano conceived the illustrations.
The fictional story of Mighty Valentina allows us to enter the child’s imagination and create an identification with the character. The story hopes to inspire many more children and girls so that the sky is not the limit!

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The Authors

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ANDREIA NUNES

Andreia Nunes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Sciences and a Post-Graduate Degree in Prevention Gender Violence in Schools and Family. She recently completed her Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Studies in Culture at ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon), conducting research on Gender Stereotypes in Award-Winning Children’s Books.
Since 2009, she collaborates with various NGO as a Higher Education Technician, acting in schools, promoting Gender Equality and Preventing Gender  Violence among children, young people, teachers and other strategic publics. She currently collaborates with UMAR – União Mulheres Alternativa e Resposta, in the ART’THEMIS + Project, conducting sessions in Lisbon schools and participating as a researcher in the National Study of Dating Violence that this NGO carries out every year.
Thanks to this privileged contact with children and young people, she concluded the same that the various studies – astronomy, astrophysics, professional careers and space – in general, seem to continue to be “boys’ thing”. Faced with the scarcity of material to work on the curiosity of these subjects among the children’s public, particularly among the girls, she embarked on the mission to write a children’s book about the first woman in Space,  a fictional story inspired by Valentina Tereshkova, the first female astronaut, with the publishing house Caminho.

ILUSTRATION

RACHEL CAIANO

Rachel Caiano was born in 1977. She is the illustrator of the adventurous Valentina. Plastic artist and illustrator, with training in stage arts, she has been developing projects in the areas of authoring, painting, scenography and illustration. Her book “Umas Coisas Nascem Outras”, with text by João Pedro Mésseder, was the winner of the Authors Award of the SPA 2016. Her “Pequeno Livro das Coisas”, also with text by João Pedro Mésseder, received the Bissaya Barreto Prize for Children’s Literature 2014 , and was a finalist for the Authors Award – Best Book of Children and Youth Literature 2013, SPA. Finalist of the 2007 Young Creators Award, some of her books are from the exhibition “The White Ravens” 2008 and 2009, an international selection. She has illustrated books of different genres published in several countries and collaborates in several periodicals.

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PUBLISHING HOUSE CAMINHO

The Publishing house Caminho is an enthusiastic fan of epic travels, joining us in this intergalactic adventure with Valentina! It is one of the most important and prestigious Portuguese publishers. Founded in 1975, Caminho has grown quickly publishing contemporary Portuguese authors – fiction and poetry, for children and youth, essays on Portuguese themes. Names such as Gonçalo M. Tavares, Patricia Portela, Isabela Figueiredo, Joana Bertholo, Sandro William Junqueira, Ondjaki, Alice Vieira, Ana Maria Magalhães and Isabel Alçada, among others, are regularly published by Caminho, what makes it a leading publisher in the Portuguese context.

VERA GOMES

Creator of the Blog Astropolítica – where she read the first biography of Valentina in Portuguese. Vera is a Political Analyst for Space, member of the History Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics and followed the project from the beginning in 2015. She wrote the Valentina Biography also in this book.

IA

The Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences (IA) carried out the scientific review, and provides institutional support and national / international dissemination. This Institute is a portuguese research structure with a national dimension, who actively participates in international ISI journals in the area of Space Sciences. The IA Group of Science Communication promotes greater proximity between society and scientific research and aims to support initiatives that fit the vision of equal access to knowledge and opportunities, such as “Valentina”.

NUCLIO

Interactive Astronomy Center provides institutional support and help with dissemination. It is an institution made up of professional astronomers and amateurs. Its objectives are the dissemination and teaching of science, in particular astronomy and astrophysics, and it is a reference in Portugal and abroad in the training of young people and teachers in these subjects (as is the example of the Galileo Teachers Training Program (GTTP) . Over the years NUCLIO has developed strong links with various international organizations and is an active partner in some projects of a scientific and educational nature, such as Valentina.

ROSA MONTEIRO

The Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, Rosa Monteiro also joined the initiative, providing institutional support and sharing our mission to promote equality in professional careers, especially in the STEM area.

DORA BATALIM SOTTOMAYOR

Dora Batalim SottoMayor has accompanied Valentina from the cradle, carrying her tenderly with her sensitivity and knowledge about the children readers. The literary revision of Valentina was her mission. Dora listens to stories and read their images since she can remember. As a consequence she is a graduate of Literature and its intertwine with the artistic and sociocultural spheres. She has a post graduation course in sociology and education sciences, a degree in art therapy and a master’s degree in children’s literature, by the Universidade Autónoma de Barcelona.She teaches at ESEI Maria Ulrich and coordinates the Post Graduate Course in Children’s Book at Universidade Católica.She was sworn in several editions of the National Prize for illustration.

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