Footprints on the Moon
by Mark Haddon
Candlewick 2009, $16.99. Ages 4-8
Haddon relives a moment in history through his child's eyes as he recalls the thrill he felt as a young boy watching Neil Armstrong's "giant leap." The book carries readers to that day in July as it conveys the astronauts' slow bounces across the lunar surface through evocative artwork.
by Candice F. Ransom
Walker & Company, 2009, $16.99. Ages 4-8
Vibrant artwork and imaginative rhyme leads readers through the story of the wild Chincoteague ponies living on an island off the coasts of Maryland and Virginia. From the author's explanation of how the ponies arrived on the island (their origin is still a mystery) to the first "pony penning" and swim (now held each year during the last week of July), children will be enthralled by the tales of the horses on "pony island."
Ready to Dream
by Donna Jo Napoli
Bloomsbury, 2009, $16.99. Ages 4-8
As Ally and her mamma set out for a visit to Australia, Ally pulls out her pencils, crayons, brushes, and paper to illustrate the highlights of their magical trip. A great tool for getting children ready for a big trip, this book uses imaginative illustrations to tell the story of Ally and her mother's trip while giving young readers a glimpse into the Outback.
by Jacueline Mitton
DK Publishing, 2009, $16.99. Ages 9-12
As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon (July 24, 1969), children can learn about this mysterious celestial orb through beautiful photographs and detailed explanations that take them all the way from the near side to the far side of the moon.
Road to Revolution
by Stan Mack and Susan Champlin
Bloomsbury, August 2009, $9.99. Ages 10-14
The first in a new series ("The Cartoon Chronicles of America") designed to introduce young readers to American history via a graphic novel style, this book's colorful illustrations give a whole new look into the early days of the American Revolution. Nick and Penny, a couple of 18th century teenagers, witness first-hand the birth of our country and even have a hand in helping some of America's founding fathers as they fight against British oppression. Readers can feel the excitement as they read about Penny posing as a servant to spy on British soldiers and Nick fighting right along side Minutemen.
The Twilight Zone: The Monsters are Due on Maple Street
by Rod Serling (adapted by Mark Kneece)
Walker & Company, 2009, $9.99. Ages 12 and up
"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as spaceÖan area which we call the Twilight Zone." This sci-fi parable takes on such topics as fear, paranoia, and prejudice in a comic-book style as it tells of a neighborhood gripped in panic after a mysterious flash of light causes a power outage. Young fans of science fiction and fantasy are sure to enjoy this creative introduction to the timeless entertainment of The Twilight Zone.
AND FOR MOMMY. . .
Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons
by Lorna Landvik
Ballantine, 2003, $13.95.
In what started out as a book club, the ladies of Freesia Court find that AHEB (Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons) becomes the glue that holds them together for a lifetime. Forty-plus years of reading and discussing books like Roots, The Accidental Tourist, and Main Street give these five women a stronghold to grab onto as they face life-shattering events like divorce, abuse, and cancer. The insight and humor in this book makes it hard to put down.