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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.
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.
Level 3 - National Geographic Primary Reader | This bright, attractive non-fiction text is a Level 3 National Geographic Primary Reader. Equivalent to Purple and Gold Book Bands for newly independent readers who are ready for some challenges and who will enjoy the lively engaging layout and very skilled explanations. Brim full of high quality National Geographic images, clear captions and all the essential information book features such as indexes and table of contents, so that children can be taught how to find the answers to the entertaining Stump Your Parents quiz. Readers will also enjoy the space jokes dotted throughout and the photo glossary. An excellent support for reading development and curriculum knowledge with the added bonus of guides for teachers and parents available on the series website. https://collins.co.uk/collections/national-geographic-readers.
A mind-expanding book sure to fascinate young space enthusiasts. Curious young minds will be fascinated to discover planets, stars and galaxies and explore intergalactic space, with over 70 flaps to lift. Includes explanations of some of the biggest questions in the universe, including ‘What happened during the Big Bang?’ and ‘What lies out in the far reaches of space?’.
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.
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