jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 18th July 2019

This week we celebrate 50 years since Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon. Here are 10 books covering various age ranges for children to read about the historical event

1              One Giant Leap: A Historical Account of the First Moon Landinobert Burleigh (Author), Mike Wimmer (Illustrator)

Paperback: 48 pages

Age Range: 6 – 8 years

Publisher: Penguin USA


“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 Journal

Only July 29, 1969, as Americans sat glued to their televisions and radios, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did the seemingly impossible–somthing humans had dreamed of doing for centuries: They traveled 240,000 miles through space and set foot on the moon. One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind. This achievement not only brought the moon within reach, but now everything seemed possible. If it could be imagined, it could be done.



2              To the Moon and Back: My Apollo 11 Adventure (National Geographic Kids) by Buzz Aldrin (Author), Marianne Dyson (Author), National Geographic Kids (Author)

Hardcover: 16 pages

Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Publisher: National Geographic Kids


In celebration of the Apollo 11 Mission’s 50th Anniversary, experience the awe and excitement of humankind’s first steps on the moon! In this exclusive, exquisite pop-up adventure, readers follow astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s story as he encounters the “magnificent desolation” of Earth’s only satellite first-hand.


Paper engineer Bruce Foster brings to life what it was like to blast off into space and take the first steps on the moon through intricate pop-ups and paper folds.


Including Buzz Aldrin’s firsthand accounts of the mission, historical context, stunning images, and unique personal perspectives, this book is an informative and collectible work of art – perfect for budding astronauts and grandparents hoping to share their memories of the moon landing with the young explorers in their lives.



3              Moon Landings (DK Readers, Level 3 by Shoshana Weider (Author)

Paperback: 64 pages

Publisher: Dk Pub


Follow Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Apollo 11’s third crew member, Michael Collins, as they set off on one of history’s most important missions. Learn about the people and spacecraft that came before and have followed since, and discover what it takes to become an astronaut.



4              The Moon (Space Explorer) by Holly Duhig (Author)

Hardcover:           32 pages

Age Range:           8 – 11 years

Publisher:              BookLife Publishing


Come on a journey through space and let your handy spacecraft provide you with all the information you will need to discover everything our universe has to offer. Explore the moons, planets and stars in the night sky and find out what makes each of them unique.




5              Peppa Pig: Peppa in Space by Peppa Pig (Author)

Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 2 – 6 years

Publisher: Ladybird

It’s space day at playgroup and Peppa, George and their friends are learning all about the moon!

The children are so excited when Madame Gazelle takes them to the space museum to learn how to be real astronauts- Peppa loves jumping up and down on the moon!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and introduce space to your little piggies in this sparkly Peppa Pig picture book.


6              Where’s Mr Astronaut?      Illustrator              Ingela P Arrhenius

Age                         0-2

Pages                      12

Publisher                Nosy Crow


A delightful and funny introduction to space exploration for the very youngest of readers. A particularly charming new addition to the best-selling series that’s so adored by parents and children alike.



7              Suzy Orbit, Astronaut         Ruth Quayle (Author)         Jez Tuya (Illustrator)

Age                         2-5

Pages                      32

Publisher                Nosy Crow


When Suzy Orbit and her boss, Captain Gizmo, hear that aliens have been spotted near their space station, they must act fast! But Captain Gizmo has no batteries for his space pod, his swanky new spacesuit is far too small, and there’s no chance of ordering a meteor blaster in time. Luckily, Suzy Orbit – astronaut and engineer extraordinaire – is on hand with her spanner and brilliant inventing skills. Suzy knows that a bit of quick thinking and ingenuity are even better than ordering new stuff. . . if only Captain Gizmo will listen!



8              Make and Play: Space

Age                         2-5

Pages                      30

Publisher                Nosy Crow


In this innovative new activity board book, children can assemble an out-of-this-world space scene. Featuring 20 unique designs such as astronauts, aliens and asteroids, the press-out pieces can be simply slotted together to create a host of intergalactic characters. After putting the pieces together, children can make their own asteroid cakes and get creative with crafts, including making a blast-off rocket and space wrapping paper.



9              How to be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs             Dr Sheila Kanani (Author)                 Sol Linero (Illustrator)

Pages                      32

Age                         5-8

Publisher                Nosy Crow


Do you have what it takes to become an astronaut, a spaceship engineer or to work at Mission Control? Find out all about space and all the incredible space jobs you could do, from training to be a space chef or designing spacesuits to searching for new planets we could live on, or even blasting into space and living in the International Space Station. This book will inspire anyone with an interest in science and space



10           Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Edition (Haynes Manuals) by Christopher Riley (Author)

Hardcover: 216 pages

Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 50th Anniversary Edition edition


On 20 July 1969, US astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. NASA Mission AS-506 Apollo 11 Owners’ Workshop Manual is the story of the Apollo 11 mission and the ‘space hardware’ that made it all possible. This manual looks at the evolution and design of the mighty Saturn V rocket, the Command and Service Modules, and the Lunar Module. It describes the space suits worn by the crew and their special life support and communications systems. We learn about how the Apollo 11 mission was flown – from launch procedures to ‘flying’ the Saturn V and the ‘LEM’, and from moon walking to the earth re-entry procedure. This new edition of the book celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.


I am Neil Armstrong (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer (Author)

Hardcover:           40 pages

Age Range:           5 – 8 years

Publisher:              Dial Books


This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great – the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America’s icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero’s childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume tells the story of Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon.



Enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things


Happiness is…walking on the moon


If at first, you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.


Love is… as rare as a shooting star


Man On The Moon – R.E.M.

Highest Chart Position: No.18 5th December 1992


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