3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . . Blast off! 🚀🌒If you’re looking for picture books about the moon landing, you’re in the right place!

July 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, and we’ve got the list of books to celebrate it!

These books are for all ages and will help your family learn and celebrate together.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • how (and why) to share picture books with your older kids
  • a little about why back matter … matters!
  • a few of my favorite moon-themed books

I also answer a listener question about helping your library get connected with the Read-Aloud Revival. (hint: we have a kit for that!)

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Books about the Moon Landing:

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
A Kite for Moon
Papa Put a Man on the Moon
Marty’s Mission: An Apollo 11 Story (Tales of Young Americans)
Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon (Mouse Adventures)
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
One Giant Leap
The First Men Who Went to the Moon
Eight Days Gone
The Darkest Dark
Margaret and the Moon
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon
Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

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3:47How to connect your library with RAR
7:02Circles, not a ladder
10:00How to entice older kids to read picture books
12:54‘A beautiful kind of art form’
15:41Sarah’s very favorite moon landing book
18:22Papa Put a Man on the Moon
19:25Marty’s Mission
20:00Team Moon
21:35A Kite for Moon (not exactly about Apollo 11, but so good!)
22:42Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey Of A Mouse To The Moon
24:51Let the Kids Speak

Quotes to remember:

Picture books are a condensed and beautiful kind of art form. They take what could otherwise be contained in a much longer narrative and condense it to its most essential bits—in lyrical, beautiful text—many times like poetry. Then they pair that with beautiful visuals.”

“A child who reads aloud regularly to their siblings, or friends, or family members will be better speakers and oral communicators than kids who are not reading aloud.”

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