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April 2019 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2019 | Fifty years since the moon landing and a new generation want to know all about it! Written in letters from Charlie Tanner, an enquiring eight year old and his enthusiastic and easily excitable hound Jasper to a Rocket Scientist, Jasper Space Dog is a clever mix of fun and facts. Charlie and Jasper’s letters raise many of the questions that everyone wonders about such as Is the moon made of cheese? and Is there a man on the moon and does he have a dog? The Rocket Scientist’s simple answers give the true scientific details in an easily accessible form. There’s much to enjoy as well as much to learn from this introduction to an important topic. Have a look at our Ambassador Book Buzz for Jasper: Space Dog.
With Tim Peake keeping our attention fixed on the International Space Station children are probably thinking more about space than ever and this attractive book is full of fascinating information. It’s divided by question: Where (e.g. does space begin); What (e.g. are stars made of?); Why; How; Who; Which; and Yes or No? Each page is bright and colourful and clear answers to all the questions posed are revealed under large, sturdy flaps. It’s bound to encourage more questions and to get children wondering more about what space holds for them. There are questions for children themselves to answer on the final page and suggestions for where you can find out more. ~ Andrea Reece
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
Fact packed and illustrated with some outstanding and original photographs, this provides the background story to the world’s endeavours to get to the Moon. The early missions, how the astronauts are trained and the details of their spacesuits, equipment and food, the countdown to the historic moonwalk in 1969 and details of the subsequent missions are all excellently recounted making this an important book for anyone who is serious about man’s exploration of the moon. 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 Moon or One Small Step to get the pulse rate soaring and the excitement building!!!!
The story of how one little moth gets to make a giant leap for all mothkind, there’s a wonderful message here about never giving up contained in a warm and funny adventure. Molly longs to be an astronaut and fly to the moon so, despite her mother’s warnings that it’s a long way, she sets out, all alone. After a few hiccoughs, she actually makes it too, and is lucky enough to hitch a ride back in a space shuttle. It’s lots of fun and little Molly is a great character. I particularly like the rainbow flag she and her astronaut friends plant on the moon.
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.
Living on the moonWhatever were we thinking? ...It seems so silly now. The lunar colony is slowly winding down, like a small town circumvented by a new super highway. As our hero, the Mooncop, makes his daily rounds, his beat grows ever smaller, the population dwindles. A young girl runs away, a dog breaks off his leash, an automaton wanders off from the Museum of the Moon. Each day that the Mooncop goes to work, life gets a little quieter and a little lonelier.
Poetry is possibly the best way to convey the wonder of space and our own place in it, and James Carter’s text for this picture book is both precise and inspiring: ‘A sea of stars at last were born/gradually they fired and formed/out of clouds of dust and gas/each a mighty sparky mass’. The artwork by Mar Hernandez is equally beautiful, illustrating the development of life from the big bang to the world as we know it. The last image is of a jumping child – ‘You’re a Star’ – and there’s a page of science facts to end, taking us five billion years into the future. ~ Andrea Reece
For all space enthusiasts, this scrapbook created by 14-year old Mike is an inspiring collection of the best moon-landing memorabilia and mind-boggling photos, as well as being packed with the latest amazing space science and indeed the future of space travel. It even provides some advice to boys and girls at school now on how he or she might get on the space ladder and perhaps even be on the first manned mission to Mars, which is scheduled to take place around 2037. Mike has every intention of being one of those astronauts. So if you think you've got what it takes to be an astronaut then read this brilliant book and it might just set you off in the right direction. 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 Moon to get the pulse rate soaring and the excitement building!!!! Jerry Stone is a leading speaker on all things concerning Space and runs all sorts of educational workshops on Astronomy and Space Exploration. For more information go to https://www.spaceflight-uk.com/
Dark Blue Band - KS2 - 9-10 Years | The award-winning book-banded reading programme from Raintree is precisely levelled to provide a reliable framework, perfect for guided, independent and shared reading. High quality design, contemporary illustrations and photographs ensure the books have real ‘shelf appeal’ to encourage even reluctant readers. A particularly pleasing design feature is the colour banded and numbered bunting on the reverse of the book which enables progression to be visually tracked. The 312 readers currently available are supplemented by comprehensive teacher support, extensive comprehension resources and interactive audio eBooks. A key feature of this programme is that In each band there are there are thematically linked fiction and information books, linked to the curriculum, using much of the same vocabulary for valuable reinforcement and really developing a child’s understanding and comprehension by giving context and background to the stories. The inside front cover of each title usefully summarises the key information: level, word count, text type, new vocabulary, inferential question suggestions and links to other titles.
Starting here on earth with a line encouraging them to look up and into the night sky, this excellent book takes young children exploring space via a series of bright, lively, information-filled pages. They’ll find out about the Moon and what it’s like to walk on it, learn about the space station and the astronauts that live there, and about other planets in our solar system. Holes cleverly cut into the pages give it a 3d effect while flaps on each page make this a truly interactive and fun learning experience. ~ Andrea Reece
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.
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