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Fiftieth Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing: Kid's Edition

The childrens' collection at Springfield-Greene County Library offers books about the Apollo 11 moon landing for kids from tots to teens. Spark your child's curiosity about astronomy and space travel with the following books.  


Moon Landing by Jill McDonald

Ages 3 and under. All young children love to look up at the moon. Now here's a board book that teaches them all about the first moon landing, with easy-to-understand details about the Apollo 11 astronauts, the NASA team, spacesuits, the rocket modules, and the world's celebration after the successful mission. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. 



Moon Landings by Shoshana Z. Weider

Ages 7-9. Follow Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Apollo 11's third crew member, Michael Collins, as they set off on one of history's most important missions. Learn about the people and spacecraft that came before and have followed since, and discover what it takes to become an astronaut. 





Rocket to the Moon! by Don Brown

Ages 8-12. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn't just one man who got us to the moon. "Rocket to the Moon!" explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person's life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. 




Our Moon by Elaine Scott

Ages 9-12. Full of captivating, kid-friendly information, "Our Moon" covers everything from the newest theories on how the moon formed, to the recent, startling discovery of water on its surface and the very real possibility of future moon colonies. Illustrated with full-color photographs and packed with fun facts, this is the most complete and up-to-date book available on the moon. Includes glossary, bibliography, and index. 




Go for the Moon: A Rocket, A Boy, and the First Moon Landing by Chris Gall

Ages 5-8. Released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this nonfiction picture book offers a step-by-step explanation of how the Apollo 11 spacecraft worked, as told by a young enthusiast. Includes glossary. 





The First Men Who Went to the Moon by Rhonda Gowler Greene

Ages 6-9. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a challenge to the nation: land astronauts on the moon by the end of the decade. The Apollo program was designed by NASA to meet that challenge, and on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin. Apollo 11's prime mission objective: "Perform a manned lunar landing and return." Four days after take-off, the Lunar Module "Eagle," carrying Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the Command Module "Columbia," and descended to the moon. Armstrong reported back to Houston's Command Center, "The Eagle has landed." America and the world watched in wonder and awe as a new chapter in space exploration opened. Through verse and informational text, author Rhonda Gowler Greene celebrates Apollo 11's historic moon landing. 


Destination: Moon by Seymour Simon

Ages 6-10. In this exciting account of the famous 1969 Moon landing, award-winning science writer Seymour Simon tells the story of the Space Race between the US and the Soviet Union; recalls how families across the world sat captivated in front of their TVs to witness humankind's first steps beyond Earth; and explains much of the science and technology that got our astronauts to the Moon on that remarkable day. 




Moon Mission: the Epic 400-year Journey to Apollo 11 by Sigmund Brouwer

Ages 10-14. This riveting narrative told from the astronauts' points of view offers a unique approach to the story behind Apollo 11's successful - though nearly disastrous - 1969 moon landing. Readers are brought along on the ride of a lifetime, as they relive every step of the mission, including the nail-biting (and relatively unknown) crucial moments when it came close to failure. And, setting this book apart, each section is linked to the innovations and discoveries from the past four centuries that made each step possible - from Copernicus to the Nazis, the sextant to Velcro.


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