Space books for the next generation

Seira Wilson on August 09, 2019
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July 20, 2019, marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and we've seen a renewed interest in all things space-related for kids this year. The cosmos have long been a source of fascination, wonder, and childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut. For the young dreamers of today, there are a number of wonderful children's books available about space and the history-making endeavor we now celebrate.

Below is a round-up of new children's books on space and the Apollo 11 moon landing in particular. I've been stacking them up as they came across my desk over the past several months, and while there are far more than five to choose from, these are books I especially like, covering a wide range of ages.

^^ASIN##B07L878PY9^^HEADLINE##A real life account^^SUMMARY##Astronaut Michael Collins' bestselling adult book, now adapted for a slightly younger audience.^^AWARD##Teen/Young Adult^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

A young adult adaptation of Apollo astronaut Michael Collins' bestselling autobiography, Carrying the Fire. While there are other books out there about Michael Collins, I think today's young readers will be interested in how Collins tells his own story and the vintage photographs they'll find here. This edition has been revised and updated for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and now includes an introduction by Captain Scott Kelly.

^^ASIN##B07QLHFYZB^^HEADLINE##Babies in space^^SUMMARY##A colorful and informative board book^^AWARD##Ages 1-4^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

For the youngest armchair space explorers, this brightly colored board book introduces key concepts using simple text and fun illustrations. Clever and informative, Nerdy Babies: Space will be of interest long after the excitement of the Apollo 11 anniversary has waned.

^^ASIN##B07JX7B2SD^^HEADLINE##Nonfiction graphic novel^^SUMMARY##A big idea that became a reality—putting a man on the moon.^^AWARD##Ages 8-12^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

A very cool nonfiction graphic novel focusing on a big idea that became a reality: putting a man on the moon. There's a lot of humor here, and Brown also includes some unpleasant truths that don't often make it into text for young people but are nevertheless important, including the deaths of test flight participants and the "white men only" policy of the astronaut program. A fascinating historical look at the events and discoveries that led to the success of Apollo 11 and the next generation of space exploration.

^^ASIN##B07NPFT9JT^^HEADLINE##Space: the final frontier^^SUMMARY##Space exploration: where it's been, and where we might go in the future…^^AWARD##Ages 6-9^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

An interesting and comprehensive history of space exploration and what it may look like in the future, with a foreword from NASA astronaut Eileen Collins. Each full-color, two-page spread covers a different aspect of space exploration, including space dogs, the lunar rover vehicle, the role of the Command Module Pilot on the Apollo missions, and space junk. This is one you can flip through at random if you wish, with a myriad of fascinating facts and stories throughout.

^^ASIN##B07GTZ34W3^^HEADLINE##Team effort^^SUMMARY##A lovely picture book that shows how one ordinary man contributed to the success of the Apollo 11 mission.^^AWARD##Ages 4-8^^RATING##^^RANK##^^BEST##^^WORST##^^

A beautifully illustrated picture book, Papa Put a Man on the Moon tells the story of one of the many unsung thousands who contributed to the success of the Apollo 11 mission. In this case the subject is a young girl's father, a mill worker, newly tasked with weaving a special fabric for the astronauts' space suits. Dempsey does a great job communicating the sense of pride in America at that time, and how ordinary working men and women helped make this moment in history possible.

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