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Moon Day


The Apollo 11 Mission - Information, recordings, and pictures of the Apollo 11 mission.

The History Place - More information, recordings and pictures.

Moon Watch - Great photos of the moon.

The Apollo Program - Good information and pictures.

Kid's Astronomy - Great information and pictures of the moon.  Also, lots of other solar system information!

Airmail to the Moon by Tom Birdseye.
When the tooth that she was saving for the tooth fairy disappears, Ora Mae sets out to find the thief and send him "airmail to the Moon."

Berenstain Bears on the Moon by Jan and Stan Berenstain.
Brother and Sister Bear travel to the moon in this rhyming story.

The Best Book of the Moon by Ian Graham.
Excellent for introductory research.  This book is filled with facts and folklore about the moon.

The Boy Who Ate the Moon by Franklyn M. Branley.
After eating the moon, a boy takes a strange journey.

The Church Mice and the Moon by Graham Oakly.
Two church mice are kidnapped to be trained as astronauts and sent to the moon.

Flower, Moon, Snow by Kazue Mizumura.
A book of Haiku.  It includes several poems about the moon.

Half a Moon and One Whole Star by Crescent Dragonwagon.
The summer night is full of wonderful sounds and sights as Susan falls asleep.

Maggie's Moon by Martha G. Alexander.
A little girl and her dog set out to capture the moon and bring it home with them.

Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeny.
Explains to children what they see in the sky, including the moon and planets.

The Moon by Isaac Asimov.
Includes a good glossary and index as well as pictures describing the phases of the moon.

The Moon by N.S. Barret.
Photos and text describe the moon's physical characteristics based on information obtained from the Apollo lunar missions.

The Moon by Paulette Bourgeois.
Includes a glossary and index, as well as facts, experiments, stories and legends.  This would be a good book to use to enrich a social studies lesson introducing the beliefs different cultures have held about the moon.

The Moon by Carmen Breedson.
A history of human beliefs about the moon over time, including current scientific knowledge and information on the Apollo space program.

The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons.
Filled with good information about the moon.

The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn Masfield Branley.
Explains the changes that happen to the moon's appearance as it travels around the earth.

Moon Landing: The Race for the Moon by Carole Stoll.
Details Apollo moon missions, includes a good index and fact glossary.

Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon by Judy Donnelly. 

My Place in Space by Robin and Sally Hirst.
A brother and sister give their address to the bus driver and then learn their place in the universe.

Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer by Montrew Duham.
Biography.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.
Tells the story of a father and daughter and the changing size and shape of the moon.

Space Busters: The Race to the Moon by Philliip Wilkinson.
Includes a glossary and gives good information about the Apollo missions to the moon.

Sun, Moon, and Planets by Lynn Myring and Sheila Snowden.
Includes facts about the moon and moon missions.

Touch the Moon by Marion Dane Bauer.
A fantasy story about the moon.

The Truth About the Moon by Clayton Bess.
An African boy is told several tales about the moon, but he still feels he has not learned the truth.

What's Out There: A Book About Space by Lynn Wilson.
Includes information about the phases and orbit of the moon, the planets, and Apollo 13.

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