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An Interstellar Collection of Moon Books for Children

Posted on 11th July 2019 by Mark Skinner

Whether you believe that a man lives in it, a cow jumps over it or that it is, in fact, made entirely out of cheese, there is no denying the magical pull of the Moon. Our love of all things lunar starts early in life, with nursery rhymes, fables and comforting bedtime reads (who can forget the evergreen Goodnight Moon?) instilling a sense of mystery and awe about that luminous crescent in the night sky.

This month marks 50 years since the Apollo 11 space craft landed on the Moon’s surface and Neil Armstrong’s immortal phrase – ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’ – became embedded in billions of minds all over the globe. To celebrate the anniversary of the game-changing interstellar event we have pulled together some of the very best books about the Moon for younger readers. Be they fact or fiction, board book or pop-up, they all make our very special literary countdown.

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Picture Books

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The First Explorers push-pull-and-slide books are some of the sturdiest and most imaginative board books out there and this magical introduction to the moon for toddlers is no exception. Interactive heaven.
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Part photographic reference work and part uplifting space story, Milbourne’s book is the perfect introduction to the lunar landings for younger readers. Combining NASA images of the surface of the moon with charming illustrations from Benji Davies, On the Moon is now available as a beautifully produced board book.
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The matchless Oliver Jeffers serves up another winning Boy story. This time our diminutive hero visits the moon and makes an alien chum, all rendered in Jeffers’ exquisitely sketched pictures.
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A larger format interstellar outing for the beloved Mr. Men as they wreak havoc in space and bring their own brand of lunar lunacy to the moon. One small step for man, one giant leap for Mr. Small!
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With its bold, quirky illustrations and charming story of a lunar caretaker, Simon Bartram’s Man on the Moon series has become a modern picture book classic. Bob is a wonderful creation and these books are a feast for a child’s imagination.
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Illustrated with typical panache by the Fan Brothers and boasting a limited edition glow-in-the-dark poster, The Darkest Dark tells the heart-warming tale of the young Chris Hadfield and how the heroic achievement of the Apollo 11 moon landing inspired him to become an astronaut – and banish his fear of the dark forever.
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Bringing the intrepid boy reporter’s moon adventures together in one volume, this truly is peak Tintin. Compelling stories of mystery and technology, depicted in some of the finest artistic work that Herge ever produced, Tintin on the Moon is a gorgeous volume to devour in one sitting.
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Reference Books

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Bearing the Usborne stamp of quality, this invaluable children’s companion to the moon, its place in myth and history and its scientific properties, is a model of clarity and eye-catching design.
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An all-encompassing volume that examines not just the science of the moon but also the myth, history and cultural resonance of that luminous dot in the night sky. Sumptuously illustrated and put together, Pang and Hegbrook’s book is a thing of beauty as well as a fascinating resource for child and adult alike.
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Explore the moon like never before with this three dimensional cardboard model and accompanying informative text. A thoroughly immersive way to learn about lunar cycles, eclipses and the moon’s relationship to the Earth.
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The inspiring true story of Katherine Johnson, and how her astounding mathematical skills made the Apollo 11 mission the spectacular success it was. Shining a light on a hitherto neglected figure from the Space Race, Helaine Becker’s crisp text and Dow Phumiruk’s gorgeous pictures bring Johnson’s incredible story to a whole new audience.
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Strikingly illustrated and highly accessible, this biography of the first man on the moon is an inspiring testament to perseverance, ambition and the power of dreams. Interspersed with facts, figures and diagrams this is a fun and enlightening read.
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Combining a unique personal story with exquisitely produced papercraft, To the Moon and Back puts the reader at the heart of the Apollo 11 moon landing. As seen through the eyes of the legendary Buzz Aldrin this is a thrilling real-life adventure in deepest space.
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If our lunar list has whetted the appetite of any amateur astronauts out there, then why not take a look at the more general space-themed books below. There are, of course, galaxies more to choose from on the children's page of Waterstones.com.

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Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, Peppa and George find out about all things intergalactic when the marvellous Madame Gazelle takes them on a trip to the Science Museum. Another enchanting mix of fascinating facts and comic piggy capers to add to your Peppa collection.
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This joyous, life-affirming picture book introduces the lovable Rocket, a space-obsessed girl who wants everybody to be as excited as her about an impending meteor shower. Bursting with eye-popping, vivid illustrations, Look Up! is a book that all budding young astronauts will love.
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A fun, vibrant story that imparts problem solving skills and teaches children to think for themselves, Suzy Orbit, Astronaut pits the engineering chops of our eponymous heroine against the lazy consumerism of her boss, Captain Gizmo. With the tantalising promise of spotting some aliens it is up to Suzy to get the Captain’s space pod fixed in time.
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Tried and tested by millions of eager little hands, Usborne’s Look Inside series is a brilliant, interactive way to get young children interested in all manner of topics. With sturdy flaps to lift and a host of age-appropriate information, Look Inside Space is a terrific introduction to the wonders of the universe.
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A universe of stickers adorns this boldly illustrated activity book, where you can create your own space station, rocket and moon scenes. A marvellously interactive way to develop an understanding of all things interstellar.
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From space chef to astronaut, this handsome volume tells you all you need to know to land your dream intergalactic occupation. Discover the exciting, enticing and plain bizarre jobs involved the wonderful world of space research.
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