“If I wasn’t going to go to space as an astronaut, I was going to pave my own way to the skies”


In Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World, author Stephanie Lerner reveals the stories of 30 living legends and eminent achievers who have changed the world significantly by proving that individuality leads to success.   First-person narratives include Space Adventures, Ltd.’s President and CEO, Eric Anderson, along with Paul McCartney, Spike Lee, Michael Bloomberg, Elon Musk, Neil De Grasse Tyson, Richard Mullane, Nobel Prize recipients, Olympians and sports legends, among others.

“Some children think differently . . . they’re innovators and idealists, who were inspired to pursue their dreams and have become the great visionaries of today’s world,” said Stephanie Lerner, author. “Eric Anderson is one of those exceptional individuals.”

“I am honored to be included with legends such as Dr. Mario Molina and Vinton Cerf,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures.  “Knowing that the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow, we need to instill the ideology that hard work and perseverance can lead to success and that anything is possible. Nothing big ever happens from making small plans, so think BIG, the sky is no longer the limit!”

Kids Who Think Outside the Box culminates with a detailed, thoroughly researched directory of exceptional programs for exceptional kids.  Organized according to various personality traits and inclinations, the selections span the country and offer something for budding entrepreneurs, historians, naturalists, inventors, artists, athletes, scientists, altruists and leaders from first graders to undergrads. 

Kids Who Think Outside the Box by AMACOM BOOKS is available through Amazon.com and all major bookstores.

Stephanie Lerner, the mother of three children, has produced programs for national and local radio and television.  Her shows have included Power Profiles, Time of Your Life and Stephanie Lerner and Company. 

Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private tourists to the International Space Station, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with an office in Moscow, Russia. It offers a variety of programs such as Zero-Gravity and MiG flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company’s advisory board comprises Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, shuttle astronauts Kathy Thornton, Robert (Hoot) Gibson, Charles Walker, Norm Thagard, Sam Durrance, Byron Lichtenberg and Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott.