Moonshot: The Flight Of Apollo 11 (Brian Floca)

Hello, everybody! Today’s book is Moonshot: The Flight Of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca, a beautiful and informative account of the mission that put the first man on the moon.

It is a quiet, peaceful day in the warm sun of Florida, but three men are preparing to make history: they will be the first men to walk on the moon. The book walks you through their preparations, their challenges, and the exciting moment that the whole country was waiting for. Our cold and distant moon without life becomes the home for two brave explorers for a brief moment in time, but one that changed the course of human history forever.

I love historical children’s books, and this one is a real gem. The text is surprisingly lyrical for being so info-based, told in a sort of stream-of-consciousness style that flows well and makes it feel much more like a story than a simple recitation of facts. The illustrations are gorgeous: detailed, lifelike, and incredibly accurate. The length was far too long for baby bookworms (JJ was definitely wriggling and getting distracted long before we reached the ending), but older children with a fascination for space exploration, or children who simply love a good adventure story, will love this one. Definitely Baby Bookworm approved!