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50 Children's Books to celebrate the Moon Landings

31st May 2019

Space probe on the moon

This is a great time to delve into children's books about space! 

20th July 2019, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission to put humans on the moon (although the very first Apollo flight took place the year before, in 1968) and there are a host of gorgeous new children's books to celebrate. We've picked out 50 books, which can be used at home or in the classroom, including picture books, non-fiction and story books. Happy Reading!


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Super Space

In First Facts and Flaps: Super Space preschoolers discover the wonders of stars, planets, the Moon and space travel. With colourful scenes by Lon Lee and rhymes to introduce each topic, plus over thirty flaps, a turn-and-learn wheel and giant fold-out ending, this fun novelty book encourages young children to learn as they play.

All facts are age-appropriate, picture-led and checked by Jacqueline Mitton, an experienced astronomer and former editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Society.

Discover more titles in the First Facts and Flaps series with Amazing Animals and Giant Dinosaurs .

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The Darkest Dark

A pull-out Glow-in-the-Dark poster! is included with this new picture book of The Darkest Dark by astronaut Chris Hadfield, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

"While I was growing up, the Moon helped light the path to my dreams. But it was on a hot July night that my dreamy thoughts became real. The brave astronauts of Apollo 11 travelled to that distant place and stepped out onto its surface, their boots blazing a new trail in the ancient grey dust. Those footprints showed me that impossible things can happen." Chris Hadfield

Young Chris is a very important astronaut. When Dad says it's time for bed - Sorry, no can do: An astronaut's work is never done. But in the dark lurk all kinds of scary aliens. So Chris doesn't like to sleep, but Mum and Dad do! When he watches in awe at the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, Chris realizes he must overcome his fear of the dark. For in the darkest dark of space lies a power and a mystery that might just help Chris make his dreams come true.

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut, Commander Chris Hadfield, author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. The Darkest Dark is his debut children's book, brought to life by the illustrations of Terry and Eric Fan. The evocative beauty of their pictures brings to life a bedtime story that will encourage children to dream big, think like an astronaut and embrace the unknown.

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Monty and Sylvester A Tale of Everyday Astronauts

Join best friends Monty and Sylvester on a mission to deepest darkest space in this brilliantly funny picture book!

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... Blast off! Monty and Sylvester have been in training (for at least 20 minutes) for a very BIG challenge: the first mouse and bear mission to outer space! Will they discover a new planet? Will they encounter alien life? Or will this be one small step too far for the intrepid duo?

A laugh-out-loud tale about friendship, imagination . . . and moon cheese.

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A Guide to Space

Welcome to the infographic guide to the most exciting place outside Earth: SPACE! Discover the mind-boggling facts, figures and amazing explorations in eye-popping infographics.

Think you know everything there is to know about space? Think again! This fact-packed bumper book is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about space ... and more!

Take a spin around the planets, dive into the core of the Sun, visit the International Space Station, zoom around the solar system with a comet, travel to distant galaxies, marvel at the many moons and meet Armstrong, Galileo, Copernicus, Einstein, Gagarin and a load of other famous space-faces

Using vivid colours, graphic visuals and bold designs, this guide brings space to life on the page with a modern and engaging approach to information. Readers will get hours of enjoyment dipping into the vast number of facts and stats in this awesome book.

For children aged 9+, this book is ideal for children studying space and science topics at key stage 2 and would make a brilliant gift for space-crazy kids!

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The Space Race: The Journey to the Moon and Beyond

Blast off alongside space expert Sarah Cruddas on a journey through space exploration history, from the Apollo Moon landings to mind-boggling plans for living on Mars.

How did we land on the Moon? What will the space jobs of the future look like? And why did we send a car to space? The Space Race answers all of the big questions that kids have about space travel. Sarah Cruddas brings to life the hidden stories behind the most famous space missions, before taking the reader on a journey through our space future.

This children's book includes a foreword by NASA astronaut Eileen Collins , the first woman to command a Space Shuttle mission. It also includes fascinating insights from Sarah's interviews with real-life astronauts including Apollo 17's Eugene Cernan and Virgin Galactic Test Pilot Kelly Latimer . Space-mad kids will delight in the detail, photographs and information on each page, and will love seeing intricate diagrams of iconic spaceships, Moon cars and space suits created by artist Mark Ruffle.

Propelled by recent scientific discoveries and printed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, The Space Race is an essential children's handbook to understanding every aspect of the history, and future, of human space travel.

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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Put Astronauts on the Moon

Katherine Johnson is the mathematical genius who helped make the historic Apollo 11 moon landings possible and made sure that Apollo 13 returned home safely when the mission was in critical danger.

As a child, Katherine loved to count. She counted the steps on the road, the number of dishes and spoons she washed in the kitchen sink, everything! Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about maths, about the universe . . .

Helaine Becker interviewed Katherine and her family for this authorized biography. From Katherine's early beginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominent mathematician at NASA, this is the true story of a groundbreaking African-American woman who went above and beyond what was expected of her in the 1960s, saving lives and making enormous contributions to history. Featuring Dow Phumiruk's gorgeous full-colour illustrations throughout.

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Field Trip to the Moon

Get ready for blast-off on an adventure to the moon! With stunning original artwork by John Hare and charming text by bestselling author Jeanne Willis, Field Trip to the Moon is a wonderfully witty story about exploration, creativity and making friends in the most unlikely places.

It's not every day you find yourself on a field trip to the moon, let alone stranded in outer space! But for one student that's exactly what happens when her curiosity separates her from the rest of her class. Why wouldn't you take the opportunity to get your crayons out, look back and draw planet Earth?

Alone on the moon, she sits down to draw. But could there be an even bigger surprise when she realizes she's not alone? What would someone that lived on the moon even look like? Find out what happens when you reach out to those that are different from us and greet them with an open pack of crayons!

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Space Race

Download the free app to bring space exploration to life like no other book. See the Apollo 11 lunar module, the ISS Space Station and the Curiosity Mars rover in close-up 3D, and watch the book come to life when video clips of NASA footage play 'on the page' when viewed through your smartphone or tablet.

This richly illustrated, immersive experience tells the awe-inspiring story of space exploration, looking back in time to the first satellites that were sent into orbit and forward to future missions to Mars. Photographic features highlight key spacecraft such as Vostock 1, the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

Meet Belka and Strelka, the two dogs who changed the face of space history and became international celebrities in the process!

In 1960, two stray dogs were plucked from the streets of Moscow to become space pioneers.

This quirky and delightful picture book tells the incredible true story of these heroic strays. 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 embark on a tour of the USSR, clad in their carefully tailored jumpsuits - one red, one green - becoming international celebrities. As for their legacy, less than a year after their safe return the Soviet space programme felt confident enough to send the first human into space.

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How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut, a spaceship engineer or to work at Mission Control? Find out all about space and all the incredible space jobs you could do, from training to be a space chef or designing spacesuits to searching for new planets we could live on, or even blasting into space and living in the International Space Station. This book will inspire anyone with an interest in science and space exploration.

Paperback includes a press-out-and-make rocket, over 100 stickers and fold-out space scenes!

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The Daredevil's Guide to Outer Space

Five. Four. Three. Two. One. Blast off!

Having survived some of the scariest destinations on Earth in The Daredevil's Guide to Dangerous Places , Eddie and Junko are off on another epic adventure - this time to outer space.

Join our intergalactic explorers as they travel across our Solar System and beyond. Find out what it's like to live on the Moon, visit the International Space Station and fly through Saturn's rings, before you head deeper into space to escape black holes and watch stars explode.

You'll encounter many dangers on your journey, but your custom high-tech suit and gadget-packed spaceship will protect you - even against extreme temperatures and asteroids!

With real-life photos, out-there illustrations, incredible facts and mind-blowing space stats, The Daredevil's Guide to Outer Space is an awe-inspiring introduction to the Universe.

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Space Jokes

What do you do if you see a spaceman? Park in it, man.
How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep? You rock it.
How do astronauts serve dinner? On flying saucers.

Shaped like a space rocket this hilarious book is packed with over one hundred laugh-out-loud jokes about astronauts, planets, aliens, space ships, the solar system and much, much more. This brilliant collection is filled with funny one liners and quirky black-and-white drawings, and is sure to have adults and children alike in stitches. Published to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.

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Space Poems

Blast off into space with this spectacular collection of poems about galaxies, the moon, planets, stars, rockets, astronauts, UFOs, aliens, black holes, the milkyway, space sheds and even space pets!

With out of this world poems from Paul Cookson, John Rice, Liz Brownlee, Gareth Owen and many more, budding astronauts will love this cosmic collection.

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board Books for baby astronauts

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50 Children's Books to celebrate the Moon Landings

Picture Books (Non-fiction)

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Picture Books (Storybooks)

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Books about the Solar System

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50 Children's Books to celebrate the Moon Landings

Non-Fiction 5+

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50 Children's Books to celebrate the Moon Landings

SPACE FICTION

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50 Children's Books to celebrate the Moon Landings

Non-Fiction 8+

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50 Children's Books to celebrate the Moon Landings

Jokes, Poems and sticker books

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First Man on the Moon

A gripping illustrated account of the historic first moon landings in July 1969, celebrating the 50th anniversary of this milestone in space exploration

Pacey, accessible text recounts the story of the first moon landing, from its beginnings in the Space Race, to early missions, the successful Apollo 11 voyage, Armstrong's legendary first steps on the moon and the astronauts' heart-stopping return to Earth

Fully illustrated throughout, with fresh, modern artwork breathing new life into this famous story. Perfect for readers aged 8 and up.

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