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Look up! The Moon in Fact and Fancy

Look up! The moon in fact and fancy

Few things have ignited imaginations like the Moon. People have looked up to see the Moon wax and wane over millennia, inspiring poets, scientists, and everyday people. It continues to do so.

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of man’s first Moon landing. Has that diminished the Moon’s mysteries or its pull on the imagination?  Not at all. It took both skill and a great deal of imagination to land on the Moon then return to Earth.

Read about the Moon in fact and fiction as we celebrate this important anniversary.

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings

By: Douglas Florian
Genre: Poetry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Short poems in various forms will inform and engage as they swirl across the pages of this attractive, lively volume. Large pages support the colorful, mixed media illustrations that encourage readers to read about heavenly bodies while gaining tidbits of information, inspiration, and imagination

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

By: Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by: Alan Marks
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Spare, poetic text and luminous, realistic illustrations chronicle the Apollo missions. Comprehensive back matter with photographs adds depth to the presentation. The author, a trained engineer, also presented Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez for readers 9 to 12. The subtitle of this memorable book is the time it took from President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon.

Go for the Moon: A Rocket, a Boy, and the First Moon Landing

By: Chris Gall
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A boy looking out his bedroom window into the night sky begins, “The Moon is out tonight. In the morning, three brave men will climb into a giant rocket … and fly to the Moon.” It’s the Apollo 11 mission which inspires the child for a lifetime. Dramatic, highly realistic illustrations present the narrator’s life on earth interwoven with images and information about the Apollo Moon landing and return. An author’s note reveals that he grew up to build small rockets and an airplane. Fun facts, a glossary, and additional resources are included.

If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon

By: Joyce Lapin
Illustrated by: Simona Ceccarelli
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What could be more fun than going to a birthday party by rocket? Celebrating your birthday on the Moon, of course! That’s just is explored in this playfully illustrated look at the moon, bouncily contrasting it an Earth party. The views of Earth would be stunning making up for the fact that everyone would have to wear space suits. Information is presented in boxes throughout this fanciful journey.


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

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing, the author/illustrator’s spectacular, dramatic but readable look at the mission has been updated and expanded. Additional art has been added to the new portions including a look at the people who worked behind the scenes to make it happen. Additional information about Apollo’s return is also here.

Music for Mr. Moon

By: Erin Stead
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Harriet just wants to play her cello alone. But when she accidentally knocks the lonely Moon from his heavenly perch, she learns to share her cello-playing with him. Both find friendship in this delicately illustrated, whimsical tale that presents a Moon and one friend with particular personalities.

The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean

By: Dean Robbins
Illustrated by: Sean Rubin
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Alan Bean was not the first but the fourth man to walk on the Moon. However, he was the first astronaut to create paintings inspired by what he saw on and from the Moon. The highly readable, handsomely illustrated look at the Apollo 12 astronaut includes information gleaned from interviews with him as well as back matter (biographical information, a timeline and bibliography). This is a unique look at the moon and its impact on one artist/astronaut, sure to inspire others.

The Moon

By: Hannah Pang
Illustrated by: Thomas Hegbrook
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this striking volume, readers will encounter the Moon in both fact and fiction. Moon myths from various cultures are presented, the impact of the Moon on plant and animal behavior, a brief examination of the first Apollo landing, even a reflection on what the future of Moon exploration may do and more are presented briefly in well organized, clearly noted and stunningly illustrated sections. A glossary of people and terms are included.

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