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:

Episode 131
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

The exquisitely told story of the Apollo 11 Mission to the moon. Excellent especially for older kids who think they're past picture books. Watch the author/illustrator on an Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

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A Kite for Moon

A Kite for Moon

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**Description from Amazon: Dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon is the perfect children’s book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing.What would it be like if the moon was your friend? Find out as you walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve h...

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Papa Put a Man on the Moon

Papa Put a Man on the Moon

**Description from Amazon: In time for the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing, this father-daughter story celebrates a small community's big contribution to one of America's greatest accomplishments.Marthanne and her father sit side by side, looking out over their mill village as the moon glows in the sky. Marthanne hop...

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Marty’s Mission: An Apollo 11 Story (Tales of Young Americans)

Marty’s Mission: An Apollo 11 Story (Tales of Young Americans)

**Description from Amazon: It's 1969 and Marty's family lives on the U.S. island of Guam, where his father manages the NASA tracking station. It's important work and never more so than during the Apollo 11 space mission, where the tracking station relays signals back and forth between the astronauts and Mission Control in Hou...

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Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon (Mouse Adventures)

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon (Mouse Adventures)

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On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse comes Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon—where dreams are determined only by the size of your imagination and the biggest innovators are the smallest of all.

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Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

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As a child, Katherine Johnson 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 math, about the universe.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

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They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon

**Description from Amazon: Here is a rare perspective on a story we only thought we knew. For Apollo 11, the first moon landing, is a story that belongs to many, not just the few and famous. It belongs to the seamstress who put together twenty-two layers of fabric for each space suit. To the engineers who created a special he...

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One Giant Leap

One Giant Leap

$8.99

"The sense of immediacy is irresistible and will cause children who consider the event just ancient history to feel as if they too had left footprints on that distant, dusty surface."—School Library JournalOnly July 29, 1969, as Americans sat glued to their televisions and radios, Neil Armstrong a...

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The First Men Who Went to the Moon

The First Men Who Went to the Moon

$16.99

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 ...

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Eight Days Gone

Eight Days Gone

$7.95

Snappy verse and retro art brings readers along for Apollo 11's historic, eight-day mission to the moon in 1969. Young readers will learn the basics about the gear, equipment, and spaceship used by the astronauts, as well as the history of NASA's moon mission. O’ Rourke’s vibrant and retro illus...

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The Darkest Dark

The Darkest Dark

$17.99

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark.

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Margaret and the Moon

Margaret and the Moon

$17.99

A true story from one of the Women of NASA!Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to...

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A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

$18.99

The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson--made famous by the award-winning film Hidden Figures--who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!Katherine knew it was wrong that African Americans didn't have the same rights as others--as wrong as 5+5=12. S...

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Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

Daring Dozen: The Twelve Who Walked on the Moon

$17.99

A gorgeous introduction to the twelve brave men who have left footprints on the moon, just in time to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing.On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took one small step and made history. Over the course of the next three-and-a-half years, twelve lunar ...

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Listener Guide

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

2:34
Get the monthly book lists
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

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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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