If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon

illus. by Simona Ceccarelli. 40p. Sterling/SilverOak. Apr. 2019. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781454929703.
K-Gr 3—This title playfully educates young readers about the moon through the portrayal of a moon-based birthday party. The text is written in a way that will appeal to children who like a story format as well as space fans interested in facts. For example, one fact reads, "In picking the very best spot for your party, it is helpful to know that the same side of the Moon always faces Earth." Many pages have a grey box that complements the story with facts about the Moon. One grey box states, "Just as Earth reflects sunlight onto the Moon, the Moon reflects sunlight onto Earth. This makes the Moon look very bright from home." The book's illustrations are large and lend itself to the imagination. The subject matter will appeal to early elementary school children. But it is unlikely that kindergartners will be reading this title on their own. The title includes vocabulary about space that is introduced in a natural way and is easy to understand. There is even a glossary at the back of the book that has definitions for terms including atmosphere and far side. Additional resources are also provided including a bibliography, suggestions for further reading, YouTube links, and a website for the NASA Kids' Club.
VERDICT This is a good fit for public and school libraries. Space information is presented in a way that is likely to appeal to a variety of ages as well as reluctant readers and space fans, too.

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