Bestselling author Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos have announced that America’s first woman in space will be the focus of the next book in their popular biography series for children, “Ordinary People Change the World.”

“I am Sally Ride” will be published in February 2025 by Rocky Pond Books. It can be preordered on

Meltzer and Eliopoulos have created dozens of inspiring biographies for children, including “I am Martin Luther King Jr.” “I am Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” and “I am Billie Jean King.”

Meltzer is also the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction bestsellers for adults, including “The First Conspiracy, “The Escape Artist” and “The Lightning Rod.”

 On his website, Meltzer explained the motivation behind the “Ordinary People Change the World” series.

“This series started because I was tired of my own kids looking at reality show stars and loudmouth athletes and thinking that’s a hero,” he said. “I tell my kids all the time, that’s being famous. And being famous is very different than being a hero. I wanted to teach my kids what a real hero was.”