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bailey_what's nextBailey, Diane The Future of Space Exploration
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Creative Education

What’s Next? series. Acknowledging the challenges, this book begins by considering the possibility of living on Mars. What follows is a straightforward presentation of the successes and obstacles of space exploration from the invention of the telescope to the International Space Station and currently developing technologies. Color and archival photographs combine with sidebars to add additional perspectives. The text-heavy page design may put off some readers. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Space; Exploration and explorers; Space—Astronautics

Goldsmith_legendary journeysGoldsmith, Mike Legendary Journeys: Space
Gr. 4–6   32 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan

This history of space exploration highlights major accomplishments in satellite, rocket, space station, and probe technologies. Interactive paper flaps allow readers to peer inside various rockets, and a series of pull-outs (tripling the length of a page) are fragile and sometimes awkward but informative. Color illustrations provide good detail of the various spacecraft and the planets they’ve investigated. Ind.
Subjects: Space; Astronomy; Space—Astronautics; Toy and movable books

harrison_spaceHarrison, James Space
Gr. K–3     48 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan

Kingfisher Readers series. This advanced leveled-reader presents basic facts and vocabulary from the fields of astronomy and space science. Double-page spreads with several paragraphs touch on each topic, including components of the solar system, stars, space exploration, and astronautic technology. Numerous color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and captions add helpful information to each page layout. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Space; Astronomy; Space—Astronautics

green_spacewalkGreen, Carl R. Spacewalk: The Astounding Gemini 4 Mission
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Enslow

Green, Carl R. Walking on the Moon: The Amazing Apollo 11 Mission
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Enslow

Holden, Henry M. The Coolest Job in the Universe: Working Aboard the International Space Station
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Enslow

Holden, Henry M. Danger in Space: Surviving the Apollo 13 Disaster
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Enslow

Holden, Henry M. Space Shuttle Disaster: The Tragic Mission of the Challenger
Gr. 4–6   48 pp. Enslow

American Space Missions—Astronauts, Exploration, and Discovery series. New ed., 2004. From Gemini 4‘s twenty-three-minute spacewalk in 1965 to the International Space Station’s future potential, these revised, redesigned, and re-titled books each focus on a specific mission, its crew, and its accomplishments and costs. Archival photographs and diagrams support the accessible texts, providing a basic overview of the triumphs and tragedies of U.S. space exploration to date. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Space; Space—Astronautics; Project Gemini (U.S.); Astronomy; Astronomy—Moon; Apollo 11; Project Apollo (U.S.); Space—Space flight; International Space Station; Accidents; Challenger (Spacecraft); Disasters; Space—Space shuttles; Apollo 13

jackson_air and spaceJackson, Tom Air and Space
Middle school, high school   64 pp. Brown Bear

Facts at Your Fingertips: Invention and Technology series. This book chronicles the story of human flight from the earliest attempts to modern space travel. Brief sections cover balloons and airships, propeller-driven planes, jets, supersonic aircraft, rockets, artificial satellites, spaceships, space stations, and space exploration. Aircraft enthusiasts will appreciate the many photographs and images. Additional information is provided in numerous inserts that contribute to crowded pages. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Space; Space—Space flight; Vehicles—Airplanes; Flight

From the January 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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