Monday, July 21, 2008

Fly Me to the Moon...

...and let me play among the stars!

Yesterday (July 20) marked the 39th anniversary of the first moon landing. I remember listening to Neil Armstrong's famous words as he stepped onto the surface of the moon, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Buzz Aldrin was next, and Michael Collins remained in the mother ship Columbia. It was so exciting, and the feeling has been captured in the biographies of each of these men. You can find them in our children's collection:

One Giant Leap: the Story of Neil Armstrong by Don Brown
Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon by Bea Uusma (winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction in 2004)

And we can't forget about this book. After all, they didn't get to the moon by themselves!
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catheine Thimmesh

We also have books about the moon:
The Moon by Seymour Simon
Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
Moon by Steve Tomecek

The next time you get a chance to gaze at the moon, think of the men who have traveled there and back. Maybe someday you will get a chance to play among the stars, too.