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The Best Book of the Moon
Ian Graham, Kingfisher, 2005, ISBN 0753459027
This book introduces many of the concepts in Explore! Marvel Moon: the Moon's formation and evolution; surface features; exploration; and lunar cycles and Earth’s tides.  The fantastic illustrations include Moon maps and Moon-watching tips. Appropriate for children ages 4 to 8.

How the Moon Regained Her Shape
Janet Heller, Sylvan Dell, 2007, ISBN 1934359025
The author uses a native American folk myth to teach children 4 to 8 about the moon's phases and encourage children's self-esteem. There is also an end section of science ideas.

Jump Into Science: Moon
Steve Tomecek, National Geographic Children's Books, 2005, ISBN 0792251237
Children go on a journey with a bug and a cat to discover the Moon’s scientific history and concepts. This is a great book for ages 4–8.

Faces of the Moon
Bob Crelin, Charlesbridge, 2009, ISBN 9781570917851
A great way to help children ages 4 to 8 learn about the phases of the Moon! Cut-outs in the pages help illustrate that phases are merely the result of light and shadow.

Tell Me Why the Moon Changes Shape
Shirley Willis, Children's Press, 2000, ISBN 0531159809
This fun exploration of the Moon answers questions like "Is the Moon Made of Cheese?" for children ages 4 to 8. The Moon’s age, size, phases, and exploration are also discussed.

When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year
Penny Pollock, 2001, Little, Brown Young Readers, ISBN 0316713171
Beautiful prints accompany this collection of Moon poems. Includes a question-and-answer page with facts about the Moon. Appropriate for ages 4 to 8.

Moontellers: Myths of the Moon from Around the World
Lynn Moroney, Northland Publishing, 1995, ISBN 0873586018
The author provides twelve different interpretations of images that can be seen on the surface of the Moon. This book is great for ages 4 and up!

The Moon
Seymour Simon, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2003, ISBN 0689835639
A general overview of the Moon and lunar exploration with fantastic images for children ages 7 to 10.

Exploring the Moon
Rebecca Olien, PowerKids Press, 2007, ISBN 1404234667
The Moon's beginning, layers, surface features, phases, eclipses, and exploration are explained in this easy-to-read book for 8 to 9 year olds. Images to illustrate the author's topic accompany the text.

Day and Night
Graham Dolan, Heinemann Library, 2001, ISBN 1588100421
Children ages 8 to 12 explore the concept of time from the perspective astronomy, with discussions of day and night and phases accompanied by superb diagrams.

Tales of the Shimmering Sky: Ten Global Folktales with Activities
Susan Milord, Williamson Publishing, 1996, ISBN 1885593015
Two chapters address the influence of the Moon on world culture through Illustrations, engaging stories, science facts, and activities. Children ages 8 to 12 may read a tale from India about the hare seen in the face of the full Moon or a Jewish story about the lunar cycle.

The Moon
Elaine Landau, Children’s Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125629
Readers age 9 to 12 can delve into many Explore! Marvel Moon topics:the Moon's formation; interior; surface features; exploration; phases; myths; and relationship to Earth’s tides. Images support the text.

The Moon: Earth’s Neighbor
David Jefferis, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2008, ISBN 0778737470
Written in a question-and-answer format, readers ages 9 to 12 will gather some unique facts from this overview of the Moon. Includes diagrams about Earth's and the Moon's relative sizes and distance, an explanation of tides, and tips on photographing and observing the Moon.

The Moon: Earth's Companion in Space
Michael D. Cole, 2001, Enslow Publishers, ISBN: 0766015106
Children ages 9 to 12 learn about the Moon’s features and structure; lunar orbits and phases; human exploration; and Earth’s tides. Includes a chapter on observing the Moon.

The Moon
David Jefferis, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2008, ISBN 0778737314
This book provides children ages 9 to 12 with a lot of great information about the Moon, its phases, surface characteristics and how you can observe the Moon. Also provided are interesting facts and a glossary.

Moon and Tides
Rob Lang, Creative Teaching Press Inc., 2009, ISBN 1591987083
After providing basic information about the Moon, the author discusses eclipses, gravity, and tides. Appropriate for children ages 9 to 12.

Why Does the Moon Change Its Shape?
Patricia J. Murphy, Rosen Classroom, 2005, ISBN 1404255931
Images accompany text about the Moon’s formation, interior, phases, exploration and Earth's tides. For children ages 9 to 12.

Lunar Science Cards
Phlare's Inc., 2005, ISBN 0974114790
Children ages 9 to 12 can learn about the Moon's history, geology, geography and physical features with these question and answer cards.

Earth and the Moon
Rebecca Stefoff, Benchmark Books, 2001, ISBN 0761412352
Easy-to-read text provides children ages 9 to 12 with an in-depth look at many of the concepts in Explore! Marvel Moon: the Moon's formation; interior; surface features; exploration; and the cycles of day and night, seasons, months, and tides. The author briefly considers, "What If the Moon Didn't Exist?" Images and diagrams support the text.

Dot to Dot in the Sky: Stories of the Moon
Joan Marie Galat, Whitecap Books, 2004, ISBN 1552856100
The author shares with children age 9 to 12 stories about the Moon from other cultures. Moon facts, including information about geology, tides, Moon phases, eclipses, are listed with each story presented.

Earth and Moon
Brian Knapp, Grolier, 2004, ISBN 0717258289
This book is a rich resource for children ages 9+ for general information about the Moon and Earth, as well as their orbits and seasons, tides, gravity, and lunar phases. Offers a unique section about lunar soil and rocks. Images and diagrams support clear explanations.

The Kids Book of the Night Sky
Ann Love and Jane Drake, Kids Can Press, 2004, ISBN 1553371283
Sky maps, myths, games, and kid-friendly activities connect children, ages 8 to 13, to the stars, Moon, and planets. It includes a humorous, comic-strip-style description of the Moon’s formation. This is a great resource to support Moon in Action!

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets and Constellations — and How You Can Find Them in the Sky
Michael Driscoll, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 2004, ISBN 157912366X
This guide is for star-gazers and planet watchers aged 8–13. The author provides an illustrated overview of planets and the constellations. A section about astronauts and astronomers, including the tools they use and a few featured scientists, is included.

The Modern Moon: A Personal View
Charles Wood, 2003, Sky Publishing Corporation, ISBN: 0933346999
The perfect companion to lunar telescope viewing. Wood works his way across the lunar surface, identifying features of scientific importance and the people involved in unraveling their story. Appropriate for the facilitator and ages 9 and up.

Moon Observer's Guide
Peter Grego, 2004, Firefly Books, ISBN 1552978885
Offers advice for viewing the Moon with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes and explains the causes of surface features. This book guides readers through 28 days of observing! Appropriate for the facilitator and ages 9 and up.

The Solar System and the Stars
Claude Lafleur, World Almanac Library, 2001, ISBN 0836850041
This book is packed with introductions to many space science topics for ages 9–12. It offers a unique, illustrated description of the formation of the Sun, Earth, and Moon. Pictures of Moon rocks — an example of each the three main types (anorthosite, basalt, and breccia) — and topography support the ongoing story of the Moon. Lunar phases and Earth's seasons are also clearly explained.

Exploring Our Solar System
Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy, Crown Books for Young Readers, 2003, ISBN 0375812040
This well-illustrated book takes children ages 9–12 on a tour of the planets (and our Sun!) in our solar system. In addition to clear explanations of lunar phases and Earth's seasons and tides, this book includes a timeline of major events in the history of our planet.

The Moon Watcher’s Companion: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Moon and More
Donna Henes, Marlowe & Company, 2004, ISBN 1569244669
This collection of poems, myths, folktales, and facts demonstrates the influence of the Moon on world culture. Each lunar phase is explored separately.Children ages 12+ may especially enjoy the "Lunar Riddles," "Lunar Bestiary," and "Encyclopedia of Lunar Terminology."

The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System
Ron Miller and William K. Hartmann, Workman Publishing Company, 2005, ISBN 0761139095
Older children and adults can tour our solar system without ever having to leave the comfort of Earth! The section on Earth’s Moon is a rich resource of information and illustrations (including a series about the Moon’s formation).

Earth and the Moon
Ron Miller, 2003, Twenty First Century Books, ISBN: 0761323589
Written for young teens, this book examines the history of the Earth and Moon, including their formation. Earth’s interior, seasons, and tides, as well as lunar phases and exploration, are explored.

The Earth and the Moon
Linda Elkins-Tanton, Chelsea House, 2006, ISBN 0816051941
Written for young adults and adults, this book discusses Earth's size, orbit, mass, seasons and more as well as the evolution of the Moon.


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August 9, 2011

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