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July 20, 2019, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first man walking on the Moon! How amazing to be here today, living on the “Space Coast” of Florida and experiencing this historical event. We can only imagine what it was like for those who “lived” it in real-time. All kinds of celebrations commemorating the event have taken place or are planned, especially at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. In fact, that first moonwalk by a person, our very own astronaut, Neil Armstrong, is such a huge historical occurrence for the entire world, that there are even exhibits and shows to see in other countries! For example, NASA partnered with the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia to host an exhibit specifically chronicling manned space flight there, while honoring Andrew Thomas, a recently retired NASA Astronaut who was born in Australia. There are many, many books, mostly non-fiction and biographical, written about the missions leading up to the moonwalk and beyond. We chose our highlighted book for the month to be, Margaret and the Moon – written by Dean Robbins and illustrated by Lucy Knisley. This children’s book is about Margaret Hamilton, who was great in math and after her studies, she is recognized as the person who handwrote programming code that would allow the spacecraft computer used for the Apollo missions, and ultimately the one that landed a man on the moon, to solve any problems it might encounter. Facts are presented with colorful, fun illustrations added in, making it a great read-aloud for younger children and independent reading or reading with support for children up to 3rd grade.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

PreK/K (Read Aloud/with support) to Gr3

From School Library Journal:

“When Margaret Hamilton was a child, her father encouraged her interest in space. She loved sports, reading, art, and music, but she especially enjoyed mathematics. Working with computers, Hamilton was able to combine her interests by teaching herself to write code and program computers. In 1964, she went to work for NASA and became the director of Software Programming for Project Apollo. Cartoon-style illustrations add a sense of levity to the work, making Hamilton’s complex jobs accessible and appealing to a young audience. The narrative builds to an emotional climax when Apollo 11’s lunar module, the Eagle, runs into problems minutes before the scheduled landing. Faced with a potentially disastrous computer overload, Hamilton’s code corrected the malfunction, and the module touched down safely. The author was able to interview Hamilton, and an informative note explains more about her life and career. VERDICT Entertaining and illuminating, this book has many curricular connections, including space travel, women’s history, inventions, and coding.”

Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA

Reviews:

“A superb introduction to the life of one girl whose dreams were out-of-this-world.”

Kirkus Reviews starred review

“As the contributions of women in STEM fields gain increased attention and appreciation, Robbins and Knisley deliver an inspiring tribute to a true innovator.”

Publishers Weekly starred review

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This is a biography of Neil Armstrong that is written specifically for children. – Upper Grades–

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Summary: “In 1961, President Kennedy issued a challenge: before the end of the decade, the United States would land a person on the moon and return him safely to Earth—a bold proclamation at the time given that only one US astronaut had ever been to space, for just 15 minutes. To answer President Kennedy’s call, NASA embarked on the Apollo missions: a complicated, dangerous, and expensive adventure involving 400,000 people. Before the missions were over, NASA astronauts had made eleven Apollo flights, six of which landed on the moon, and eight astronauts had lost their lives.The Apollo Missions for Kids tells the story of this pivotal era in space exploration from the perspective of those who lived it—the astronauts and their families, the controllers and engineers, and the technicians and politicians who made the impossible possible. The book includes a timeline, resources for further study, and places to visit to see Apollo mission artifacts, along with 21 hands-on activities to better understand the missions and the science behind them.” – Grades 4-6 –

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