PPBF: Moonshot

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Written and illustrated by: Brian Floca
Published: Atheneum, revised 2019
Themes: space exploration, moon landing, lyrical
Suggested ages: 4-10

First page:
High above
there is the moon,
cold and quiet,
no air, no life,
but glowing in the sky.

With stunning artwork and lyrical flow, Moonshot takes us alongside Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong on their journey to the moon and back.
The pictures are engaging and there’s enough white space that kids as young as three enjoy it, but there’s enough technical detail that it would be great to use in a space exploration unit up to middle grade.

Foil-printed moon craft by A Dab of Glue Will Do
NASA’s space place for kids article on the moon, includes a visual on moon rotation in relation to the earth.
Papa Put a Man on the Moon by Kristy Dempsey and Sarah Green: picture book that talks about all the work, specifically the space suit fabric, that went into building and creating everything needed for a safe moon landing.
Send the spaceship to the moon craft by Pink Stripey Socks

More Perfect Picture Books on Susanna Hill’s website.

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