Thursday, April 6, 2017

Bookmarks: Book on Space for Children

This year our family has been studying astronomy with Apologia's Young Explorers Astronomy book. It has been a fascinating study and, of course, we have searched the library to find more books on the topic. Here some of the books we collected about space and some of the early astronomers. Note: Some of these books contain brief mention of evolution – i.e. millions of years.

Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Michael Rex
Why is it cold part of the year and hot at other times? This book will explain how the sun and the axis of the earth affects the seasons.

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet by Dennis B. Fradin, illustrated by Cynthia Von Buhler
Without even the help of a telescope, Copernicus made discoveries that changed the way people thought of the earth's place in the universe. An excellent children's biography with richly painted illustrations about an important man from the 1400's.

What's So Special About Planet Earth? written and illustrated by Robert E. Wells
How about a trip to the other planets to find the best place to live? After reading this book, you'll be glad to stay on planet earth. The perfect first book to learn about our solar system.

I, Galileo, written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen
Bright paintings share the story of Galileo's life in the 1500's in a way younger readers can enjoy. Learn about Galileo's many contributions to science and astronomy.

One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Mike Wimmer
Rich illustrations and active prose tell the details of the day the first man stepped on the moon. We know the end of the story, but imagine how nervous you would be if you didn't know if the men would return to earth safely.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 written and illustrated by Brian Floca
Poetic text combines with amazing watercolors to replay the historic journey of the Apollo 11 to the moon. This book is loaded with details and shouldn't be missed.

Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, illustrated by Wendell Minor
Telling his own story, Buzz, the second man to walk on the moon, remembers the steps that took him all the way to the moon and back. Rich oil paintings bring color to the historic trip.

If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
This fun book explains everything you'll need to know to visit the moon in your own rocket ship. Fun illustrations take you on this journey of a lifetime.

You Wouldn't Want to Be on Apollo 13! by Ian Graham, illustrated by David Antram
The dangers of a moon landing are no laughing matter, but this book is guaranteed to make you smile. Comic-style illustrations and wry humor made this informative book one of my son's favorites.

Look at the Stars by Buzz Aldrin, illustrated by Wendell Minor
Travel with an Apollo astronaut on a whirlwind trip through the history of man's fascination with space. Richly illustrated with brilliant paintings.

The next three are slightly longer books suitable for upper elementary students.

This fascinating book combines detailed accounts of each of the Apollo missions with the incredible paintings by one of the few men who actually walked on the moon.

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
Answering questions about the mysterious black holes in an entertaining way, this is a book for any young astronomer to learn about their universe.

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet by Alexandra Siy
Travel to Mars and learn about the Mars rovers who enhanced our knowledge of our closest planet.

Destination: Moon by James Irwin
This book was a family favorite because, not only does it show real photographs of the Apollo 15's trip to the moon, but Irwin, the 8th man to walk on the moon, gives God the glory for creation.

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  1. Hi Gina

    As I was going through the list I was wondering if you would have Destination Moon by James Irwin and you did! It is a beautifully presented God glorifying book isn't it?

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Always such great book lists! My Uncle Ed helped design and build the moon car, way back in the early 60's. He was an Engineer. I got to listen to some great conversations about everything, when Uncle Ed came to visit!! Wonderful to look up at the moon,.....and wonder!

  3. We are using that textbook this year, too. Because we live in the Southern Hemisphere, our school year starts in February, so we are on the fourth lesson now, about Venus. The books you listed sound quite interesting; unfortunately, our local library has none of them. I do enjoy your book lists, though; I've found some of the titles from other lists in our library and we really enjoyed them.

  4. Be sure and look for Jupiter tonight and the next couple of nights. It's spectacular with binoculars. Rising in the east as the sun is setting, overhead at midnight. Check out

  5. We have been clouded over the last 3 night and have yet to see it. Can't even see the full moon.

  6. Your book reviews are great. You make me want to go to the library! Our children are grown; I well remember the days of going to the local library and getting a milk crate full of books. It's much harder to find good adult reading at the local library so we don't go very often. We have some real readers at this house. We have allowed our children to have books in bed before going to sleep since they were in the crib! Good reads are so important. I think the time spent in passing on good titles can be so helpful to others. Blessings.

  7. Hi Gina,
    I always enjoy your children's book reviews. Thanks for sharing them.


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