Monday, March 30, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Astronauts and Apollo 11

I've been continuously finding some great books about space travel lately and had three sitting on my TBR shelf this week, making the perfect Non-Fiction Monday post. The first two are non-fiction, the third is a picture book about the Apollo 11 flight. All of these are highly recommended!

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream is written by Tanya Lee Stone, with a foreword by Margaret A. Weitekamp, the curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Already sounding pretty fancy eh?

In the book, the reader gets to learn about 13 women that truly wanted to achieve the goal of becoming an astronaut. The media mocked them constantly, male astronauts wanted nothing to do with their presence in space programs, and NASA denied them access. Occurring about 20 years before women were finally allowed into the NASA space program, these 13 women fought for the right to attend and the right to go into space.

The text is accompanied by amazing photographs from the time period, as well as extensive coverage on women's rights in general and the fight for them that took place in the 50's and 60's.

Almost Astronauts is a great addition to a school unit on space exploration, as well as a nice title for women's history reports or library displays on the solar system.

Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
Tanya Lee Stone
144 pages
February 2009

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 was wonderfully written by Brian Floca. Told in a story format, readers are able to learn about the famous flight to the moon and its effect on the world. A note at the end of the story explains more about the mission, in greater detail and with more scientific information. Definitely geared towards a younger set than Almost Astronauts, but still with great, usable information.

Very nicely illustrated, simple and clean, just like the text. I really enjoyed this one! Another excellent library title.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Brian Floca
48 pages
April 2009

Finally, my picture book addition to this non-fiction post, Footprints on the Moon, is written by Mark Haddon (wonderful author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and illustrated beautifully by Christian Birmingham.

A simple tale about a boy that dreams about traveling to the moon and having astronauts finally be able to land on the surface, reading books from the library on the subject, creating a scrapbook about it, spending hours looking at the sky with his dad's binoculars. His dreams are realized when he watches Apollo 11 land on the moon and the astronauts walk to the surface.

A very simple and sweet book, this would be a nice introduction to space travel for little ones. The illustrations are beautiful and soft and the text flows nicely. I really enjoyed this one as well.

Footprints on the Moon
Mark Haddon
32 pages
Picture book
March 2009

To learn more about any of these books or to purchase, click on the book covers above to link to Amazon.

1 comment:

caribookscoops said...

Almost Astronauts sounds like a fascinating read and is right up my alley. I love women's history. I will be putting this on on my list.