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Explore! Mars Inside and Out! - Books


Mars (Planets). Darlene R. Stille. Child's World. 2003. ISBN-10: 1592960502.
Mars simply introduces the planet Mars, its size, location, climate, characteristics, and satellites. This is a great beginners book for ages 4-8.

Destination: Mars. Seymour Simon. HarperTrophy; Reprint edition. 2004. ISBN-10: 0060546387.
This book includes new pictures from the Mars Orbiter Camera, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Pathfinder lander. It also reflects NASA missions that gathered information about Mars in the late 1990s. Appropriate for ages 4-8.

Mission to Mars (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2). Franklyn M. Branley. HarperTrophy. 2002. ISBN-10: 0064452336.
Children ages 4 to 8 will enjoy this exploration of what it would be like to live on Mars, from the challenges of the environment to the practicalities of supporting a colony. Imaginations are invited!

Mars. Larry Dane Brimner. Children's Press (CT). 1999. ISBN-10: 0516264354.
This book, great for ages 4-8, very simply describes how Mars was named. It discusses past, present, and future missions to Mars as well as why humans want to go to Mars.

Messages from Mars. Loreen Leedy and Andrew Schuerger. Holiday House. 2006. ISBN-10: 0823419541.
A team of future explorers travel to Mars and report back about the journey, Mars, and comparisons between Mars and Earth. For ages 7-9.

Max Goes to Mars: A Science Adventure with Max the Dog. Jeffrey Bennett. Big Kid Science. 2003. ISBN-10: 0972181911
Children ages 9 to 12 will enjoy following Max the Dog on the first human journey to Mars. Along the way, they will learn about this mysterious Red Planet and what scientists are discovering.

Mars (DK Eyewitness Books). DK Publishing. 2004. ISBN-10: 0756607655
Children ages 9 to 12 learn about the Red Planet, from its importance in early cultures, to past, present, and future exploration.

Exploring Planet Mars (Humans in Space). David Jefferis. Crabtree Children's Books. 2007. ISBN-10: 0778731146.
How will we get to Mars? This book, for children ages 9-12, examines flight to Mars and the features of the planet.

Life on Mars. David Getz, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Revised edition 2004. ISBN-10: 0805077294.
This book for 9-12 year olds begins with an imaginary space flight from Earth to Mars. Getz shows how our knowledge of Mars has changed over time, relates the findings of the Viking landers, considers what scientists think is necessary for life, and discusses how Mars might be terraformed into a planet hospitable for human life.

Exploring Mars. David Ward. Lerner Publications. 2006. ISBN-10: 0822559366.
Children ages 9-12 will learn all about Mars with this exciting book. The topics include an introduction to Mars and it's moons, past missions to Mars, future missions to Mars, the possibility of water on Mars and the possibility of people living on Mars! It also includes additional reading suggestions and websites.

The Ultimate Mars Rover. David Eckold. DK Children. 2004. ISBN-10: 075660799X.
This is a great game as well as a tool for learning for children ages 9 to 12. Players learn about Mars as they simulate a rover mission on the surface of the Red planet.

How To Live on Mars. Clive Gifford. Franklin Watts. 2000. ISBN-10: 053116201X.
What would it be like to live on Mars? How long will it take to get there? What might we learn?  Children ages 9-12 explore these questions as they learn How to Live on Mars.

Mars (Our Solar System). Dana Meachen Rau. Compass Point Books. 2002. ISBN-10: 0756501997.
Children ages 9 to 12 will enjoy this well-illustrated exploration of Mars, its orbit, structure, and missions that have — or will — visit. The author offers an extensive list of Web sites and books for further investigation.

Mars: The Mystery Unfolds. Peter John Cattermole. Oxford University Press, USA. 2001. ISBN-10: 0195217268.
Scientific evidence from Mars indicates a very different planet from the one we know today. Rather than a cold, dry planet, Mars-of-the-past had rivers, lakes, glaciers, and huge active volcanoes. Children ages 9-12 will enjoy learning about Mars and its history — including the history of exploration.

Exploration of Mars (Fast Forward). Mark Bergin. Franklin Watts. 2000. ISBN-10: 0531148076.
What will humans need to survive on the red planet? Children ages 9 to 12 learn about past, present and future missions and the possibility of future human colonies.

Mars (Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe. Solar System). Isaac Asimov. Prometheus Books. 2003. ISBN-10: 1591021243.
A "Mars standard," this book for children ages 9 to 12 provides a good overview of the red planet.

Mars (Galaxy). Steven L. Kipp. Capstone Press. 2006. ISBN-10: 073688887X.
NASA photographs help readers, ages 9 to 12, see the beauty of each planet and Sun. Solar System diagrams help readers visualize the planet's place in space. Kipp examines surface features, atmosphere, exploration, and other aspects of the planet Mars.

Is There Life on Mars? Dennis Brindell Fradin and Margaret K. McElderry. 1999. ISBN-10: 0689820488.
Children, ages 9 to 12, explore Mars and how humans of different cultures have regarded it through time.

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October 2, 2009

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