"Rocko's Big Launch" is a book about a boy who dreams of becoming a rocket scientist, but first he must successfully launch his first rocket.
About the Author
Yolande Clark-Jackson is a writer and middle school teacher at Conchita Espinosa Academy in Miami, Florida where she teaches writing and manages a student journalism program she founded with her husband Rodney ten years ago. In 1990 she won a Dow Jones journalism scholarship for a summer program at Marshall University which convinced her that she would one day become a news reporter, but in 1992 she discovered her love for teaching after working with first graders in an after-school program. In 1993 and 1994 she assisted a principal investigator for a NASA research project at Morgan State University. It was an experience she says helped to inspire the creation of the Rocko Rocket character. In 2012 she earned a MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College.
R. Jackson is currently the Resident Curator and Director for Kroma Art Space and Studios in Miami. He is also a pop artist, designer and educator. For over ten years, he was an internationally exhibiting artist with the Miami Design District’s Diaspora Vibe Gallery. As a New World School of the Arts student, R. Jackson became a YoungArts finalist and won level one. This made him a presidential scholar nominee in 1990. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art at the top of his class, with a Thalheimer full merit scholarship in 1994. It was in 1995, however, while teaching at a preschool in Sudbury, Massachusetts, that Jackson found a split basketball with the word “Rocket” on it. He turned the ball into a puppet, and his wife Yolande brought the character to life by creating his story and giving him the name Rocko Rocket. Mr. Jackson also currently teaches at the Ocean Reef Art League and art directs for two Miami-based publications.