Books by Theme
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 on July 20, 1969. Read about the history of space study, exploration of 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.
A is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z
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
Have you ever wondered how the Moon was placed in the sky? 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
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
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
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
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 embedded throughout.
Lucky 13: Survival in Space
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.
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
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
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
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
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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