The Moon

These great books will help your kids master the National Science Standards for Earth and Space Science.

If You Decide to go to the Moon. Faith McNulty.  Scholastic, 2005.
This travel guide for children takes us from trip preparation to homecoming.  Rich artwork by Steven Kellogg entertain and enhance the text.  A gem.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Earth, Sun, and Moon. Robin Birch.  Chelsea Clubhouse, 2003.
Short, simple sentences address observing the moon, it’s shapes, seas and craters, day and night, seasons.  Illustrated with photos and drawings.
K-2nd grade

Faces of the Moon. Bob Crelin.  Charlesbridge, 2009.
Die-cut pages and rhyming text take us through all of the moon’s phases.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade


A Full Moon is Rising: Poems. Marilyn Singer.  Lee & Low Books, 2011.

These 17 poems, starting and ending in New York City, celebrate the full moon in various cultures around the world.  More information about each location is included in the back.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 3rd-6th grade

The Moon. Seymour Simon.  Simon & Schuster, 2003.
NASA photos and clear text make this a good introduction to studying the moon.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 2nd-4th grade

Moon.  Dana Meachen Rau.  Compass Point Books, 2003.
Describes the moon’s formation and surface features, orbit and exploration.
1st-3rd grade

Moon. Steve Tomecek.  National Geographic, 2005.
A cartoon cat and a bug lead us through this factual book about the moon for beginners.  Includes a craft project on making craters.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-2nd grade

The Moon.  Ralph Winrich.  Capstone Press, 2008.
An introduction to the moon’s orbit, composition, size and exploration.
K-2nd grade

Night Light. Dana Meachen Rau.  Picture Window Books, 2006.
Describes the moon’s gravity, surface and phases and relationship to ocean tides.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Eric Carle.  Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Monica wants the moon to play with.  Her father goes to great lengths to get it.  Classic Carle.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Phases of the Moon. Gillia M. Olson.  Capstone Press, 2007.
Simple text and photos explain the phases of the moon and what they are called.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-2nd grade

What the Moon Is Like. Franklyn M. Branley.  HarperCollins, 2000.
Beginning with observations from Earth, we learn what astronauts discovered about the moon.  A standard.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud 1st-3rd grade

Why Does the Moon Change Its Shape? Patricia Murphy.  Rosen, 2006.
Answers questions about how the moon was formed, phases, eclipse, tides, observing the moon.
2nd-3rd grade

Grandfather Twilight. Barbara Berger.  Philomel, 1984.
A magical story with luminous illustrations about how Grandfather Twilight’s daily task is to place the moon in the evening sky.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-3rd grade

Hello, Harvest Moon. Ralph Fletcher.  Clarion, 2003.
The harvest moon has a magical effect on the earth and all its inhabitants.  Fabulous oil paintings.  Picture Book.
Read-aloud K-4th grade

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