Spend some summer reading time exploring the moon, the space race and the unity and brilliance it took to reach for the stars. Check out these books and visit audio and video from the first moon landing. 

“Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson” by Katherine Johnson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, ages 10 and older) - The book and movie “Hidden Figures” brought long overdue recognition to the extraordinary work of Katherine Johnson, whose incredible aptitude for math proved indispensable to America’s space program, even as she faced racism and discrimination. Here, she tells her story – from astounding her early teachers to computing the trajectory of Alan Shephard’s first space flight and her crucial work on the Apollo program. 

“Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11” by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, ages 4 and older) -This gorgeous book explores the Apollo 11 mission in intricate detail, but in a way that is still accessible to the youngest space fans. Older children and parents will love the history and rich attention to every aspect of the flight, from the specs of the Saturn V rocket to the “One Giant Leap” feature inside the back cover. This is one book that will grow with your child and is well worth adding to any home library. 

“Luna: The Science and Stories of Our Moon” by David Aguilar (National Geographic Kids, ages 10 and older) - Just in in time for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, this book by David Aguilar, the former Director of Science Information for the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, boasts a wealth of detail in a small volume. This book includes hard science, inspiring exploration, myths, art instruction and more. Engage young scientists in astronomy in a whole new way. 

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