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2019 Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories

Space ... the final frontier. Voyaging to space has captured the attention of mankind for time on end. Tap into the deep interest your readers have in space and all things science with this selection of JLG titles. You'll be all set for your summer reading program with something for readers of every age. Get them for just $8 each using coupon code $8SummerReading.

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      The Boy Who Went to Mars

      by Simon James

      Jan 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      On the day that Stanley’s mom takes a work trip overnight, Stanley decides to leave planet Earth. But when his spaceship touches down again in the backyard, a young martian crawls out, proclaiming to Stanley’s dad that residents of Mars don’t wash before dinner, eat their vegetables, or brush their teeth. It just so happens that martians tend to act out in school, too…. With whimsy and sympathy for a familiar dilemma, Simon James ushers us into the coping fantasies of an imaginative, sensitive kid — and shares the pleasure of his sheepish reunion with a most accepting family.
      Full-color illustrations created in pen and watercolor.

      How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

      by Steven Johnson

      Dec 2018

      Nonfiction Middle

      Innovations such as a glass lens and clean tap water "belong to everyday life . . . and have set in motion a much wider array of changes in society than you might expect." Notes. Bibliography. Resources. Index. Full-color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

      Extreme Longevity: Discovering Earth’s Oldest Organisms

      by Karen Latchana Kenney

      Dec 2018

      Nonfiction High Plus

      Trees older than the Giza pyramids? 500-year-old sharks? Near-immortal jellyfish? Scientists have only begun to uncover the secrets of these extraordinary organisms. Time line. Source notes. Glossary. Selected bibliography. Further information. Index. Full-color photographs and diagrams.

      Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World

      by James Gladstone

      Nov 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      1968 was a year of unrest: many nations were at war. People marched for peace, fairness, and freedom. At the same time, the Apollo 8 crew was about to go farther into space than anyone had gone before—to the moon.
      As they surveyed the moon’s surface, astronauts aboard Apollo 8 looked up just when Earth was rising out of the darkness of space. They saw the whole planet—no countries, no borders. The photograph they took, Earthrise, had a profound effect when published widely back on Earth, galvanizing the environmental movement, changing the way people saw our single, fragile home planet, and sparking hope during a year of unrest.
      This important and timely picture book is publishing to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, telling the story behind the photograph, both inside the spaceship and back on Earth. Text includes dialogue pulled from NASA’s Apollo 8 transcript, drawing readers into the iconic moment Earth was photographed from space. An author’s note at the end explains more about the photograph, the Apollo 8 mission, and how Earthrise went on to inspire Earth Day.
      Author’s note. Full-color illustrations.

      Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

      by Suzanne Slade

      Nov 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      Powerful verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.

      More about Team Apollo. “Bringing Apollo 11 Home.” Author’s note. Illustrator’s note. Selected bibliography. Online resources. Quote sources. Full-color illustrations were rendered in pastel, colored pencil, and airbrush.

      Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil deGrasse Tyson

      by Kathleen Krull

      Nov 2018

      Science Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      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 about space. His quest for knowledge took him from the roof of his apartment building to a science 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.
      This story of how one boy’s quest for knowledge about space leads him to become a star scientist is perfect for young readers who are fascinated by the universe, aspiring scientists, and the dreamer in all of us. It will ignite your own sense of wonder.
      Authors’ note. Sources. Full-color illustrations.

      Apollo 8: The Mission That Changed Everything

      by Martin W. Sandler

      Nov 2018

      Nonfiction Middle Plus

      In 1968, America was desperate to catch up to the Soviets in the Space Race. NASA'S answer: the groundbreaking Apollo 8 Mission.

      More about Apollo 8’s crew. Source notes. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs.

      On a Sunbeam

      by Tillie Walden

      Nov 2018

      Graphic Novels High Plus

      An epic graphic novel about a girl who travels to the ends of the universe to find a long lost love, from acclaimed author Tillie Walden.
      Throughout the deepest reaches of space, a crew rebuilds beautiful and broken-down structures, painstakingly putting the past together. As Mia, the newest member, gets to know her team, the story flashes back to her pivotal year in boarding school, where she fell in love with a mysterious new student. When Mia grows close to her new friends, she reveals her true purpose for joining their ship—to track down her long-lost love.
      An inventive world, a breathtaking love story, and stunning art come together in this new work by award-winning artist Tillie Walden.
      Full-color illustrations.

      The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff (Epic Fails #2)

      by Ben Thompson

      Oct 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      Time line. Bibliography. Index. Black-and-white illustrations, photographs, and reproductions. America’s journey to the moon was anything but simple. In 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, America had barely crossed the great Space Race’s starting line. Later that year, the first US attempt was such a failure that the media nicknamed it “Kaputnik.”

      A Big Mooncake for Little Star

      by Grace Lin

      Oct 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      Little Star and her mother make a mooncake, but it’s not time to eat it yet. In the middle of the night, Little Star wonders: will her mama notice if she takes tiny nibble?
      Author’s note. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      Margot and Mateo Save the World

      by Darcy Miller

      Oct 2018

      High Interest Middle Plus

      When Margot removes a bright blue slug alien attached to Mateo’s back, the school-play costars know one thing: it’s definitely not going to be a regular day at West Cove Middle School.

      Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13

      by Helaine Becker

      Sep 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      From Katherine's earlybeginnings as a gifted student to her heroic accomplishments as a prominentmathematician at NASA, this is the story of an American icon who notonly calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives.

      More about Katherine Johnson. Sources. Full-color illustrations were created digitally in Photoshop with scans of watercolors and textures.
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