Biography, Science, Space

Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer


Young Neil deGrasse Tyson was starstruck when he first visited the sky theater at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He couldn’t believe the crowded, glittering night sky at the planetarium was real–until a visit to the country years later revealed the impossible.

That discovery was like rocket fuel for Neil’s passion for space. His quest for knowledge took him from the roof of his apartment building to a scientific expedition in northwest Africa, to a summer astronomy camp beneath a desert sky, and finally back home to become the director of the Hayden Planetarium, where it all began. Before long, Neil became America’s favorite guide to the cosmos.
My Review:
I received a copy of this book from author Kathleen Krull in exchange for an honest review.
Before reading this story I had never heard of Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I was thrilled to read such a well-researched biography about a man who has spent his life learning about the stars and planets. The story begins with Neils childhood and continues throughout his entire career. I loved learning about his passion and excitement for all things science related! No matter what obstacles Neil encountered he met them head-on. He grew up to be a world-renowned speaker and researcher. I loved finding out that he was the scientist who realized that Pluto was not a planet. The illustrations in this book are beautiful. I enjoyed reading the authors note at the back of the book. A perfect addition to any science or space unit. Neil truly is a man who made the world think differently about stars.
Ages 5 and up
48 Pages


Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery by Margaret Weitekamp


Back of Book:
People, children especially, have been baffled, bewildered, and even outraged by the fact that Pluto is no longer called a planet. Through whimsical artwork and an entertaining dialogue format, Pluto’s Secret explains the true story of this distant world. Providing a history of the small, icy world from its discovery and naming to its recent reclassification, this book presents a fascinating look at how scientists organize and classify our solar system as they gain new insights into how it works and what types of things exist within it


My Review:
The world of outer space continues to be a mystery in many aspects. We are still learning exciting new things about the great beyond. I loved Pluto’s Secret because it teaches children about the great mystery of Pluto. Is Pluto a planet? Or something different? I loved that this book is written by someone who works in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This is not just a story about a planet, but a history of why scientists want to study and understand Pluto in the first place. I love that this book teaches about the scientists who discovered Pluto, and believed it to be something special. As a teacher, I learned several new aspects of space that I had never learned about. I loved that the back of the book has a glossary, and a note from the museum. This book is a must for any space unit.
Ages 7 and up
38 pages

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Biography, Space, Uncategorized

Margaret and the Moon By Dean Robbins


Back of Book: Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter.

My Review:

I am overjoyed and the about of picture books that are being published with the theme of strong women. I think it is so important to show young girls how affective they can be on the world. Margaret and the Moon is a perfect balance of fun and information. I had no idea that the person who helped Neil Armstrong land on the moon was a woman. The text focuses on how inquisitive Margret was. The story not only focuses on her great accomplishments but how she got there. The illustrations are fun and creative. The authors note in the back adds a perfect touch. As a teacher, I loved that there was an additional list of reading that children can look up. This is also a perfect beginning to any STEM Project involving the moon. I am excited to add this book to my list of must haves for my classroom.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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