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Max Goes to the Moon: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog
Jeffrey Bennett, Big Kid Science, 2003, ISBN 0972181903
In this engaging read for children ages 4 to 8 Max the dog and his human buddy explore the Moon and what it takes to build a Moon colony. A hands-on activity family activity is included.

Home on the Moon: Living on a Space Frontier
Marianne J. Dyson, National Geographic Children's Books, 2003, ISBN 0792271939Readers ages 9 to 11 will learn about the lunar environment, history, and resources as they imagine a future human colony. What should colonists take? What will they do? Where will they live? Activities engage children further.

Moon Base: First Colony in Space
Michael D. Cole, Enslow Publishers, Inc., 1999, ISBN 0766011186
Children ages 9–12 explore the reasons for building a Moon base and how the base could be used.

The Story of Flight:  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Judith E. Rinard, Firefly Books Ltd, 2002, ISBN 1552976947
For ages 9–12, this book presents a well-illustrated history of aviation, from hot air balloons to the space shuttle.

The Wright Brothers for Kids:  How They Invented the Airplane, with 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight
Mary Kay Carson and Laura D'Argo, Chicago Review Press, 2003, ISBN 1556524773
Children ages 9–12 follow the story of the Wright brothers as they invent the first flying machine. Several hands-on activities are presented for children to explore the principles of flight.

Space Flight (The Story of Flight, 12)
Ole Steen Hansen, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2004, ISBN: 0778712230
Children ages 9–12 will enjoy this exploration of space flight.

Wings and Rockets:  The Story of Women in Air and Space
Jeannine Atkins, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2003, ISBN 0374384509
Atkins follows the adventures of women in flight from Katherine Wright, sister of Wilber and Orville, to Amelia Earhart, describing the obstacles they faced and the goals they achieved. For ages 9–12.

NASA Planetary Spacecraft
Carmen Bredeson, Enslow, 2000, ISBN 0766013030
Children ages 7 to 11 can learn about the Magellan, Voyager, Galileo, and Pathfinder missions, as well as explore the planets.


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February 4, 2010


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