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Why Does the Moon Change Shape?
Isaac Asimov, 1991, Gareth Steven Publishing, ISBN 0836804384
Asimov's book offers a simple description of our Moon's phases with a ball/flashlight demonstration and exceptional lunar photos and paintings. Appropriate for ages 5–10.

The Moon Seems to Change
Franklyn M. Branley, 1987, Harper & Row, ISBN 0064450651
In this brief, easy-to-read text Branley presents a complete explanation of how our Moon changes shape. Colorful illustrations and diagrams and a simple experiment augment the text. Intended for ages 4–8.

Our Moon is the only other body in our solar system that has been visited by humans - so far! The first visit occurred during the Apollo 11 mission on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon's surface. Between 1969 and 1972 (the year of the fianl Apollo mission), only 12 people actually walked on the Moon!Reaching for the Moon
Buzz Aldrin, HarperCollins, 2005, ISBN 0060554452
Buzz Aldrin, famed Apollo 11 Moonwalker, shares with children ages 7–12 his extraordinary adventures on the Moon, and all the events that led up to that remarkable journey. Colorful illustrations and personal insights from a man who lived the dream, make this an interesting and inspiring read.

Why Does the Moon Change Its Shape?
Patricia J. Murphy, 2004, Powerkids Press, ISBN 0823962342
Murphy acquaints young readers ages 5–10 with Moon phases by offering clear explanations, full-color photos, and a glossary of terms.

Tell Me Why the Moon Changes Shape
Shirley Willis, 2000, Franklin Watts, Inc., ISBN 0531159809
In this selection from the “Whiz Kids” collection, Willis presents children ages 4–8 with a colorfully illustrated guide to understanding how the Moon changes phase.

The Universe at Your Fingertips: An Astronomy Activity and Resource Notebook
Andrew Fraknoi and Dennis Schatz, 1995, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, ISBN 1886733007
A section on Moon phases and eclipses is included in this comprehensive 800-page loose-leaf astronomy resource guide with ready-to-use activities for ages 6–18.

Science Project Ideas About the Moon
Robert Gardner, 1997, Enslow Publishers, Inc., ISBN 0894908448
In this book for older children ages 9–12, Gardner introduces phases and other characteristics of the Moon through a series of demonstrations and experiments.

If Earth were scaled to the size of a basketball, our Moon would be the size of a tennis ball and it would be 24 feet away!The Moon and You
E. C. Krupp, 2000, HarperCollins, ISBN 0688178189
Ancient Moon lore, scientific facts, data, and humor are blended to provide a detailed description of Moon phases. This reader-friendly approach and beautiful illustrations will delight and inform children (and adults!) of all ages.

Earth, Moon and Stars Teacher's Guide (Teacher Edition)
Cary I. Sneider, 1999, GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science), ISBN 0824886056
The GEMS program utilizes an inquiry-based, interactive approach to guide children ages 10–14 to their own conclusions about the reasons for Moon phasing. The Teacher's Guide presents classroom-tested activities on phases and eclipses in correlation with leading science standards. (Available exclusively from Carolina Biological Supply Company at 1-800-334-5551)

The Moon
Carmen Bredeson, 1998, Franklin Watts Publishing, ISBN 0531203085
Bredeson presents children ages 8–12 with comprehensive coverage of a variety of Moon related facts and topics, from Moon superstitions and myths to exploration. A myriad of interesting photos enhance the clear and concise text.

Moonstick: The Seasons of the Sioux
Eva Bunting, 2001, Bt Bound, ISBN0613340140
In this fictional story a young boy is fascinated by the changing of the seasons as he marks each one of the 13 moons of the Sioux year on his father's moon-counting stick. Children ages 4–8 will find the text and illustrations engaging.

The Birth of the Moon
Coby Hol, 2000, North South Books, ISBN 0735812500
In this attractively illustrated recreation of a Native American tale, the Sun gives the Moon as a gift to the animals so they can see at night, but he makes it wax and wane to remind them to appreciate the gift. Children ages 3–6 will enjoy this picture book.

Astronomy for Every Kid
Janice Pratt VanCleave, 1991, John Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN 0471535737
This elementary science experiment book engages readers in numerous Moon-related activities with scientific explanations for each in terms children ages 9–12 can understand.

Moontellers:Myths of the Moon from Around the World
Lynn Moroney, 1995, Northland Publishing Company, ISBN 0873586018
Colorfully illustrated stories from indigenous tribes around the world will engage readers ages 9–13. Parents will enjoy reading stories to younger children.

The Best Book of the Moon
Ian Graham, 1999, Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0753451743
Graham offers colorful illustrations and engaging text to answer questions about the Moon, including the reasons for lunar phases and eclipses, for ages 7–10.

Keepers of the Night: Native American Stories and Nocturnal Activities for Children
Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, 1994, Fulcrum Publishing Co., ISBN 1555911773
Native American sky stories, including ones about the Moon, lunar and solar eclipses, and day and nightare accompanied by activities and tips on how best to present them.

Beyond the Blue Horizon: Myths and Legends of the Sun, Moon, Stars, and Planets
E. C. Krupp, 1991, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195078004
Krupp's book offers a detailed explanation of the Moon's phases as well as some interesting lunar lore for the adult reader.

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