Monday, March 13, 2017


Author and Illustrator: Brian Floca

Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books

Publication Year: 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1416950462

Brilliantly illustrated, Moonshot tells the story of our first visit to the moon in 1969—an unforgettable story of home, seen whole, from far away.

This example of narrative non-fiction draws readers in immediately with the illustrations. Brian Floca varies the layout of his pages, changes the font and size of words, and even the appearance of words to convey meaning to the reader.

Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year
A Society of Illustrators Silver Medal winner
Winner of the 2010 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2009
Smithsonian Notable Book for Children 2009
National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner

For gifted students who grapple with multi-potentiality, this could be a chance to explore what life would have been like as an astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission. It also speaks to an interest I've seen in many of my gifted students over the years.

This book makes a great choice to supplement instruction about the moon. It also makes a great mentor text if a teacher wants to explore different strategies illustrators use to convey meaning.

No comments:

Post a Comment