Best Books on the Sun
& the Moon for Kids

Below are fun, education books on the moon for kids--covering topics like attributes and phases of the moon, moon landings... These books can make teaching and learning about our universe even more fun and effective.  With improvements in space technologies, we now have breathtaking photographs that allow us to see the moon 'up close and personal.'  Many of the books below include these stunning images! 

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Books on the Moon for Kids
with links to buy on Amazon

When the Moon is Full
A Lunar Year by Penny Pollock; illustrated by Mary Azarian

(Kindergarten - 3rd grade) Twelve moving poems honor the full moons of each month of the year and are accompanied by stunning hand-painted woodcut print by Caldecott winner Mary Azarian (illustrator of Snowflake Bentley).

This collection will capture readers attention and "inspire them to linger a bit longer under the night-time sky."  This book only lightly touches on the moon, so it'd be better as a supplemental reading piece on the moon for kids.  (more)

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The Moon   by Gail Gibbons

(1st grade - 4th grade) Gibbons answers common children's questions about the moon for kids, using simple, vibrant paintings and straightforward, accessible explanations.

This is a kid-friendly introduction to our planet's cosmic companion, the moon. Explanations about the moon's orbit, phases, impact on tides, and more are "written clearly yet without too much detail" (Booklist), and accompanied by a large, bright illustration.  (more)

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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me    by Eric Carle

(Preschool - 1st grade)  This "splendid introduction to the monthly lunar cycle" (Publ. Weekly) features Eric Carle's trademark bright, uncluttered illustrations and simple storyline about a girl who wants to 'play' with the moon and a father's efforts to make that possible. 

This book does not explain why the moon waxes and wanes but we've included it on this list of books about the moon for kids because this book could very well encourage children to observe the moon's changes firsthand.  (more)

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The Moon    by Seymour Simon

(2nd grade - 6th grade) The New York Times called Seymour Simon "the dean of children's science" and this book is proof why.  This is a SOLID book on the moon for kids, especially for teaching/classroom use -- high on moon facts and sharp space  imagery, and relatively low on the more cutesy elements that sometimes crow children's science books. This book answers so many questions that kids commonly have about the moon (ie: Is there weather on the moon? Is there sound? Is it always night? Why do astronauts bounce on the moon?...)  (more)

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Faces of the Moon  by Bob Crelin; illustrated by Leslie Evans

(1st grade - 4th grade) Delightful, bouncy verses describe different phases of the moon for kids (ie: "The Moon's first phase, we call it NEW–/when Moon's between the Sun and you./Her sunlit side is turned away,/and we can't see her, night or day").  And, the bouncy text is well complemented by a clever cut-out design and brilliantly colored linoleum-block prints. 

In their review of this book, School Library Journal rightly said "the special design elements, heavy paper stock, and rich coloring add up to a sumptuous presentation." (more)

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The Moon Seems the Change 
by Franklyn Branley; illustrated by Barbara & Ed Emberley

(Kindergarten - 3rd grade)  A charmingly illustrated and simply told explanation of moon phases. Includes a fun and effective experiment using a flashlight, a pencil, and an orange. This "welcome addition to science collections for young children" (SLJ) helps children understand what the moon looks like at different phases and why it changes. As with all books in this series, this title include a related experiment at the back.  (more)

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If You Decide to Go to the Moon
by Faith McNulty; illustrated by Steven Kellogg

(Kindergarten - 2nd grade) A lavishly illustrated, whimsical-but-educational travel manual for visiting moon, including how to prepare, the journey en route, what to expect once there, and the final return home. And, the illustrations are absolutely stunning. 

Both School Library Journal and Booklist gave this book a starred review, and we wholeheartedly agree.  We look forward to reading this book to our students every year when we teach about the moon. (more)

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One Giant Leap 
by Robert Burleigh; illustrated by Mike Wimmer

(1st grade - 3rd grade)  For teachers looking for books on the moon for kids, "this simple, clear, and attractively illustrated book is a great place to begin." (Booklist) Told in short, near-poetic verses and illustrated with attractive impressionistic paintings, the retelling is dramatic and "the sense of immediacy is irresistible." (School Library Journal) 

We particularly liked the unusual perspectives in the illustrations. Really heightens the drama!  (more)

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The Moon Over Star 
by Dianna Hutts Aston; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

(Kindergarten - 2nd grade)  A young narrator reflects on witnessing the first moon landing and the air of excitement and anticipation that surrounded it.  The pairing of Jerry Pinkney's lush illustrations and Dianna Aston's moving text creates a "satisfying tribute to this milestone in human history." (Booklist)

This book doesn't directly teach about the moon for kids, but it makes for a good read aloud when talking about America's excitement about the first moon landing. We especially like that it's told from the point of view of a little girl. (more)

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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
by Brian Floca

(2nd grade - 5th grade)  This stunning retelling of the Apollo 11 mission is written "with quiet dignity and a minimum of fuss" (Booklist), leaving the drama to the eye-popping illustrations that fill the pages of his over-sized book. Readers are taken along for the ride, and will glimpse the majesty that astronauts witnessed through these dramatic illustrations.

This award-winning book "brilliantly captures the mighty scope and drama of the achievement." (School Library Journal, starred review)  (more)

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Reaching for the Moon 
by Buzz Aldrin; illustrated by Wendell Minor

(1st grade - 4th grade) A picture book autobiography of astronaut Buzz Aldrin, recounting many of the events in his childhood years [including he got his unique nickname Buzz] through his time at West Point, and eventually joining NASA and taking part in the Apollo mission.

Aldrin's text is well written, but it's Minor's beautifully detailed illustrations, especially vivid in depicting Aldrin's space travels. This isn't our personal favorite book on the moon for kids, but it definitely is a "solid title" for teaching units on the moon or on biographies. (Booklist)   (more)

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Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon 
by Catherine Thimesh

(5th grade & Up)  Retraces the Apollo 11 mission from the point of view of some of the 40,000 people who made it possible. The Chicago Sun-Times called this book "an edge-of-your-seat adventure... this exhilarating book...will captivate."  And School Library Journal promises that this book "will mesmerize even readers already familiar with the event." 

This book won the American Library Association Robert F. Sibert Informational Children's Book Award! (more)

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Moon Landing: Apollo 11 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Book 
by Richard Platt; illustrated by David Hawcock

(4th grade - 7th grade) This stunning engineered book tells the history of lunar exploration with the aid of sturdy foldouts and pop-ups. More than just novelty features, the pop- ups effectively show the mechanics of rockets, the lunar module, a spaceship, etc...Don't let the 'pop-up book' label fool you. This book packs in a LOT of information about the moon and space travel, making it "a first rate choice." (School Library Journal)  All ages will enjoy this book but the text specifically targets grades 4-7.  (more)

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