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Shortlisted for the 2018 Klaus Flugge Prize | Motum is definitely an illustrator to watch. Though this is an information book, you feel there is a story being told, with pace and animation. His work reminded the Klaus Flugge judges of iconic Czech illustrator M Sasek.
A self-confessed ‘white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer’ Neil Armstrong became the most famous man on the planet when he walked on the moon in 1969. This concise but information-packed biography provides the background to his life, from his birth in Ohio in 1930 through his experiences as a pilot in the Korean war, to those era-defining small steps on the moon. It also describes in just the right detail the political and technological developments that made the Apollo 11 trip possible. The text is clear and accessible, supported by frequent illustrations, diagrams and ‘Did you know?’ information boxes and it provides both a timeline and index. This is one of a number of books in carefully-thought out new series. For further reading on this theme visit our special feature - 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.
How amazing that less than 100 years after the invention of the motor car, humans have built and launched vehicles that can leave the solar system. We’ve landed space probes on two planets, and visited Earth’s own moon six times. We’re living in the space age alright and this excellent book explains the fascinating story of space exploration clearly and vividly. From chapters looking at our solar system and its place in the universe, it goes on to explain how mankind found ways to look out into space, then how we worked out how to get there, and back again. There are chapters on surviving in space, and pages contemplating the possibility of establishing a human colony on Mars. The text is full of information but conveys a real sense of the wonders of space travel. Similarly Stephen Biesty’s cross-section illustrations are detailed, beautiful to look at and absolutely inspiring. ~ Andrea Reece
The Universe is huge – it stretches further than we could ever imagine or explore, and contains everything in space, from super stars to galaxies to tiny pieces of dust. Packed with facts, diagrams, infographics and photos, this is the perfect introduction to space. Find out how the incredible work of astronauts like Tim Peake, astronomers and scientists have enabled us to discover so much about the universe. Perfect for any young reader who looks up at the night sky and wonders just what goes on out there.
Winner of the Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2019 | A special edition for junior readers of the superb Planetarium in the Welcome to the Museum series, this book dazzles. It takes readers on a journey into space, explaining clearly and sometimes poetically, where our planet is in the Solar System, how we have found ways to look out across it, and what we have discovered about the universe. Information is conveyed though precise descriptions catching all of the awe-inspiring sense of time and distance, while Christopher Wormell’s illustrations are both beautiful and illuminating. Opening with a section on telescopes and observatories, and ending with the end of the universe, via sections on the night sky, stars and galaxies, this really is a book to treasure, and although the text has been adapted for younger readers, it will fascinate those of any age.
With the school summer holidays approaching, thoughts turn to activity books and this one will have them dreaming of space even while stuck in the back of the car. There are all sorts of activities and challenges, some based on the solar system, some on our means of discovering it – one particularly lovely spot-the-difference for example features Herschel’s telescope, and readers are given the opportunity to design and draw their own telescope and spacecraft. It all looks absolutely gorgeous, no wonder given that the illustrations are by Christopher Wormell, and will keep them occupied for hours while conveying information that will last a lifetime.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 Beautifully produced to make the most of its clever design, this is a book whose charm lies in its visual simplicity which leaves space for readers to dream their own dreams in. The cover has a beautiful vivid yellow moon slice cut into it which tempting leads the reader into a following the moon as it waxes to a whole, shiny full moon that is so bright that no one can sleep. And then gradually wanes until it becomes just a tiny sliver before all goes black. Following the moon’s progress is satisfying and a final spread with some information in it makes the book useful too. ~ Julia Eccleshare ***There is special activity pack with ideas to celebrate Science Week to download here! British Science Week is 10–19 March - find out more at www.britishscienceweek.org ----------------------------------------------- Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2017 Jellicle Cats by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins William Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks by William Bee The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake George's Marvellous Experiments inspired by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley Many Moons by Remi Courgeon Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexanda McCall Smith Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Winner of The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize 2013 What the Judges thought "A fantastically interactive book for younger children. Full of flaps to lift (and flaps under flaps) that reveal amazing facts about space!” And some comments from the children involved in the judging..."We really, really liked all of the flaps in this book. There was so much to look at on each page." Servite RC Primary School "Great for young scientists. Loads of great bitesize facts about our Solar System - and beyond!" Stafford Grammer School The Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner is selected by groups of young people in judging panels across the UK. Over 1000 young people from over 100 panels took part to select the 2013 winner, Look Inside Space.
From the brilliant illustrator, Simon Tyler, comes a wonderful compendium of space, space travel and much more. One day our sun will grow...and grow...and grow...until it ends its life as a red giant 400x its current size. Wonder at facts like these, and much more, in the new illustrated guide to Space. Space is fascinating, and in this book Simon Tyler gorgeously illustrates the planets, meteors, rockets and galaxies - even strange phenomena like the speed of light and solar flares!
Informative, interactive, and fun, this book will appeal to all aspiring astronauts! Includes hand-eye coordination exercises, obstacle courses, how to deal with weightlessness and doing fiddly things while wearing big gloves! A Space Goodies section includes stickers, poster, press-outs, and a model space shuttle. One of a number of titles in the 'Academy' series. To go to our special 'Academy' series category click here.
A good first introduction to space, this book provides answers to questions children often ask, such as how big is the universe and how many stars are there in the Milky Way? Starting with information on how to get into space, and the planets nearest to Earth, it continues to cover the whole solar system. Language and explanations are clear and child-friendly, and author Steve Parker often relates what he is talking about to things children will be familiar with, so the surface of the sun at 6000 degrees Celsius is described as being 25 times hotter than a home oven, while we’re told that the Hubble Space Telescope is the size of a school bus. Full of information, this will inspire children to think about our solar system and what lies beyond it. ~ Andrea Reece
Winner of the 2011 Educational Writers’ Award. One of the greatest events of the twentieth century, the unforgettable moment of man’s first landing on the Moon provides the perfect platform for this wide ranging introduction to many different aspects of the moon. After excellent coverage of the moon landing itself complete with the iconic photographs and a useful time line, the book explores the effect the moon has on everything that happens on earth as well as the myriad ways in which the moon has been perceived through history and by different cultures. Don’t forget that the most likely people to have the chance to be part of a successful mission to Mars will be those aged around 9 now so if you have a budding astronaut then start here with this book and/or one of the other titles we’ve selected such as Mission to the Moon or One Small Step to get the pulse rate soaring and the excitement building!!!! The Educational Writers' Award was established in 2008 by ALCS (Author’s Licensing and Collecting Society) and The Society of Authors to celebrate educational writing that encourages creativity and wide reading. The prize was awarded at a ceremony at the House of Commons. Here's winning author Stewart with John Whittingdale MP, Chair of the APWG.
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