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Man on the Moon

Man on the Moon: a day in the life of Bob
by Simon Bartram

First published over 15 years ago, ‘Man on the Moon’ has become something of a picture book classic!  Bob has a special job – looking after the moon. He keeps it clean and entertains passing space tourists as well as giving guided tours. He knows everything about the moon, including that there is definitely no such thing as aliens! (and Bob would know if there were… wouldn’t he?) The large, bold illustrations and the clever interplay of text and picture are sure to keep young readers hooked.

The Darkest Dark
by Chris Hadfield

A simple picture book with lovely illustrations and fairly sparse text that could be used with EYFS as well as KS1.  Astronaut Chris Hadfield describes the special moment in his childhood that sparked his fascination with space. As a little boy he played at being an astronaut, but was frightened of the dark. Staying up late to watch the Apollo Moon Landing the little boy in the story suddenly realised that outer space, the darkest dark there is, is full of power and beauty. And from that moment on the dark is no longer frightening, but a place of dreams and possibilities.

Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka
by  Victoria Southgate, illustrated by Iris Deppe

This is the incredible true story of Belka and Strelka, the Soviet space dogs.  In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers.  Selected from a number of potential canine cosmonauts, Belka and Strelka are put through their paces on the ground, as they practice rocket simulations and wearing spacesuits, before being launched into outer space as the first ever living creatures to successfully orbit the Earth. Miraculously, the dogs survive the mission and upon their return become international celebrities.  Appealing full-page illustrations and informative text bring this exciting true story to life for a young audience.

Andie's Moon
by Linda Newberry

Andie dreams of becoming an artist. Her best paintings are inspired by the moon and so she's fascinated by news of the first moon landing. But will it be the same magical place once man has set foot on it, and will her paintings win the attention they deserve? Set in 1969 against the vivid backdrop of one of the most thrilling moments in modern history, this is the second irresistible "Historical House" title from award-winning author, Linda Newbery.

A Kite for the Moon
by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple, illustrated by Matt Phelan

Dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon is the perfect children's book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing. What would it be like if the moon was your friend? Find out as you walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. And then blast off with your little one as you zoom to the moon together! The story begins when a little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, writing notes promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years of studying, learning, and training to become an astronaut. Until ... he finally goes up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail! A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple, is a heartfelt story about a young boy's fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. A Kite for Moon: Features over 20 gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan

Go for the Moon
by Chris Gall

Written and illustrated by Chris Gall, Go for the Moon! captures the fascinating detail and inspiring adventure of the moon landing. It is a captivating celebration of one of humankind's greatest technical achievements and most extraordinary feats of exploration.

The Apollo 11 astronauts have prepared carefully for their attempt to be the first men to land on the moon. The young narrator of this book has prepared carefully, too: he explains the design of the spacecraft, the flight from the earth to the moon, and the drama of touching down--while shadowing the astronaut's voyage with one of his own.

Papa Put a Man on the Moon
by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Sarah Green

n time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, this father-daughter story celebrates a small community's big contribution to one of America's greatest accomplishments.

Marthanne and her father sit side by side, looking out over their mill village as the moon glows in the sky. Marthanne hopes that one day, man will walk on the moon, and she knows her father is helping America accomplish this mission: The fabric he weaves forms one layer in the astronauts' spacesuits. Papa insists he's only making a living, but Marthanne knows his work is part of history, and she's proud. She tries to be patient, but she can't stop imagining the moon mission: the astronauts tumbling through space, the fabric her papa made traveling all the way up into the sky. When the astronauts blast off and Neil Armstrong finally takes his first steps on the moon, Marthanne watches in wonder. She knows her papa put a man on the moon

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly 

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly's acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

Hidden Figures
by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman

Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who helped NASA launch men into space to picture book readers!

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…reallygood.

They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

"Finally, the extraordinary lives of four African American women who helped NASA put the first men in space is available for picture book readers," proclaims Brightly in their article "18 Must-Read Picture Books of 2018." "Will inspire girls and boys alike to love math, believe in themselves, and reach for the stars."