Books About Traveling to the Moon

When you look up at the Moon, it's really hard to imagine that human beings landed and walked on its surface. For those who were not around on that night, it's also hard to imagine the sense of awe felt around the world when Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, stepped onto the Moon's surface, and said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." If your child is interested in space and space travel, he or she will most certainly be fascinated by the stories of real astronauts who journeyed to the Moon.

So many books about space travel and Moon landings are meant for older children, so it's great to find one that is designed with preschoolers in mind. This book tells the stories of the Apollo missions to the moon in a way that young children can understand. It includes a mix of cartoon-style illustrations and real photos of the moon. Children will learn all it takes to get men to space and to the Moon and they learn about the first lunar landing on the Moon. The recommended age for this book is 4 and up, but children as young as 18 months old will like this book.

This book is not about a real trip to the moon, but it is about moon travel. Kids who dream of being an astronaut or who have learned about trips to the Moon like the Apollo 11 mission, will certainly enjoy this book. It is written something like travel tips, advice, and instructions. It starts like this:

If you decide to go to the moon in your own rocket ship, read this book before you start.

Here is some advice:

Check the things you will need:
space suit, air tanks, books, and games. Don't forget your diary and plenty of food.

It also explains what it feels like to travel in space, like this description:

As your ship rises through the clouds, your body is pressed against the seat. At first you feel very heavy. Don't worry. This feeling will go away.

This way of explaining space travel helps engage young children since they can feel as though they are participating.The book is for ages 5 to 8, but younger children will no doubt love imagining themselves preparing for their own trip to the Moon.

This book is the story of the Apollo 11 Moon landing designed with kids in mind. It covers just about everything involving that truly momentous trip to the Moon. It begins at the very beginning, with man's dream of conquering space and "space race" between the US and the USSR. From there, the book goes on to describe the 17 different flights to space, ending with the Apollo 11 mission, which landed men on the surface of the Moon. The book also provides information on the technology that was necessary to get to the moon, sustain the astronauts while in space, and then land on the Moon. The pop ups include a rocket, a spaceship, a moon, a spaceship, and of course a lunar module. The book also comes with a pretty good recommendation:

"This wonderful book retells our story vividly. I should know; I was there."
— Buzz Aldrin

Ages 8 and up

This book is quite interesting because of its perspective. It's about the first human exploration on the Moon: Apollo 11. However, rather than learning the story from the point of view of the astronauts, we learn about it through the thousands of people who worked to make that landing possible. Did you ever hear about the seamstress who worked on the space suits of each astronaut, putting together 22 layers of fabric? Or what about the engineers who created a heat shield capable of protecting the capsule during reentry? Or the flight directors, aerospace technicians, engineers, navigators, suit testers, telescope crew, software designers, and camera designers? What did it take to ensure that the astronauts made it safely to the Moon and back?

Ages 9 and up

Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story

Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story
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This book is about Michael Collins, a former NASA astronaut. He took part in the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. Collins was the astronaut who remained on Columbia, the command and service module, while Armstrong and Aldrin went in the Lunar Module to the Moon. The book recounts Collins' life from his early interest in aircraft to his career in the Air Force to his life as an astronaut. We learn about his being a test pilot in the Air Force and his selection to be an astronaut and his training. The story of Collins life is told by Collins himself and he includes descriptions of his feelings of being an astronaut and answers questions we all have like "what is it like flying in space?" It's wasn't easy to become an astronaut either. Collins also writes about the sacrifices that both he and his family had to make to make that career possible. Ages 10 and up

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