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The moon has inspired mankind since time began. It has been the subject of literature and folktales, movies, and great study. In the 20th century, the race to space was punctuated with man's first walk on the moon in July 9. Read about the history of space study, the first walk on the moon both actual and vicarious, and some of the other books inspired by the great globe of light in the sky — Earth's moon.
Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z

By: Traci N. Todd
Illustrated by: Sarah Gillingham
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The alphabet is the device used to pique curiosity about astronomy, space travel and things related from A to Z. Illustrations use different media to create the look from the Sputnik era for a playful introduction.

Anansi The Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti

By: Gerald McDermott
Illustrated by: Gerald McDermott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Have you ever wondered how the moon got where it is? According to this Ashanti tale, Nyame, the god of all things, put it there when Anansi could not decide which of his sons deserved it. Brilliant illustrations accompany this classic retelling of a traditional tale.

Blast Off to the Moon

By: Paul Nicholls
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Young children will appreciate the basics of how astronauts travel, what they eat, and their spectacular view from space in this sturdy board book, just right for young hands.

Faces of the Moon

By: Bob Crelin
Illustrated by: Leslie Evans
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A rhyming text in an intriguing format introduces the moon's cyclical nature — its phases. An informational note concludes this introductory look at the moon and why it appears to change.

Footprints on the Moon

By: Mark Haddon
Illustrated by: Christian Birmingham
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Realistic but soft and evocative illustrations recall a boy's wonder as man first walked on the moon. This attractive book was rereleased in time for the 40th anniversary of this memorable event.

Look to the Stars

By: Buzz Aldrin
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin takes the reader on a journey through centuries of air and space aviation, from Isaac Newton to exploring Mars to futuristic space tours. Fascinating details and a timeline are imbedded throughout.

Lucky 13: Survival in Space

By: Richard Hilliard
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Apollo 13 attempted to repeat Apollo 11's successful moon landing. An explosion, however, changed the mission to just get the astronauts home safely. Dual texts and dramatic illustrations tell the remarkable story and extend the information presented.

Moon Rabbit

By: Natalie Russell
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The moon leads a small, lonely, city rabbit across the park to find a friend who shares her interest in story and music. Gentle, slightly abstract illustrations enhance the mellow language in which friends meet, part, and reunite.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

By: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the moon's surface and saw Earth from a very different perspective. Eloquent language and illustrations combine to present this historical event in a unique, unforgettable way.

One Giant Leap

By: Robert Burleigh
Illustrated by: Mike Wimmer
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poetic language and striking illustrations evoke the drama of the first lunar landing. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first impressions are captured with awe and may well inspire young scientists.

One Small Step: Celebrating the First Men on the Moon

By: Jerry Stone
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Made to look like a scrapbook, this history of man's interest in space flight, the space race, and the first lunar landing will appeal to sophisticated readers. This detailed presentation requires multiple examinations.

Reaching for the Moon

By: Buzz Aldrin
Illustrated by: Wendell Minor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Aldrin relates how he, the second man to walk on the Moon, became interested in aeronautics and flying. The result is a fascinating look at his personal history as well as the history of flight accompanied by precise but equally engaging illustrations.

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