2979 Days to the Moon
A must-read for all NASA, space, and STEAM enthusiasts!
May 25, 1961: President John F. Kennedy announces the United States will put a man on the moon before the end of the decade, and the countdown is on!
Suzanne Slade’s powerful free verse and Thomas Gonzales’ stunning illustrations tell the true story of NASA’s effort to land the first man on the Moon. An award-winning, “stirring introduction to one of humankind’s most impressive undertakings.”*
★ “Truly out of this world.” —School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
★ “Captivating free-verse narrative…vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives…this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind’s most impressive undertakings.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW*
Best Children’s Books of 2018 ―Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine
Recommended Space Books for Kids ―The Planetary Society
Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth
Best STEM Books ―ASEE / ITEEA / NSTA / SEPA / CBC
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA / CBC
Parents’ Choice Gold Award
A patriotic testament to American grit and ingenuity, Countdown presents exhilarating, informative, and accessible free verse by award-winning author Suzanne Slade paired with historic photographs and detailed illustrations by New York Times bestselling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez. Together, they capture a historic and tireless, science-driven effort by NASA to conquer a new frontier.
Through triumph and tragedy, an entire nation is glued to the high-stakes, 2,979-day mission as 18 astronauts climb into spacecraft; 3 men die before even leaving the ground; 8 rockets soar into space; and 400,000 people―engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists―join Project Apollo in pursuit of making a dream a reality.
A great purchase for STEM and space enthusiasts of any age, this celebrated book offers a gripping story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons learned from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first moon landing.
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Page Count: 144
Size: 10″ x 11″
Age Range: 10+
Age Range: 10+
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F&P: X, Gr 6, Genre I
Themes: Exploration, Failure, Process, Space, Verse
BISAC 1: JNF051010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Technology / Aeronautics, Astronautics & Space Science
BISAC 2: JNF025080 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Exploration & Discovery
BISAC 3: JNF025210 JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 20th Century
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“Elegant and informative, this is sure to attract casual browsers and true space nerds alike.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Captivating free-verse narrative…vivid mixed-media illustrations that stun with photographic realism and varied perspectives…this well-researched title offers a stirring introduction to one of humankind’s most impressive undertakings.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“Stunning… Slade’s carefully crafted, often alliterative text, written in free verse, is both succinct and readable, drawing this large topic down to the most necessary and interesting facts with enough detail to excite young teens as well as adults who may have lived through the missions.… Truly out of this world. A must-buy for most poetry collections.” ―School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
“A grand…tale about a magnificent effort. A handsomely packaged look back at an epochal achievement.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[A] book that will captivate and entertain young readers while educating them about an amazing decade of U.S. space exploration…In the 21st century, space travel goals aim much further away than the moon, but Countdown drives home how truly incredible the Apollo missions are in the history of mankind.” ―Shelf Awareness
Best Children’s Books of the Year ―Bank Street College of Education, 2019
Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2018
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 ―NSTA / CBC, 2019
Eureka! Gold Nonfiction Children’s Book Award ―California Reading Association, 2018
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2018
Beehive Award (Poetry Nominee) ―Children’s Literature Association of Utah, 2020
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2019
Lectio Book Award (Master List) ―Lectio Book Award, 2019
Magnolia Book Award (Nominee, Grades 6-8) ―Mississippi Children’s Museum, MDE / MLA / MLC / USM, 2020
Prairie Pasque Children’s Book Award (Nominee) ―South Dakota Library Association, South Dakota Reading Council, South Dakota State Library, South Dakota Elementary School Principals, 2020-2021
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Meet the Illustrator
Thomas Gonzalez is an illustrator, designer, and portrait artist. A native of Cuba, Tom came to the United States when he was ten years old. He studied at the Atlanta School of Art (now called Savannah of Art and Design). After working at the Coca-Cola Company for more than twenty years, Tom held several creative positions with other global brands. He has illustrated many picture books, including 14 Cows for America, Seven and a Half Tons of Steel, and Countdown. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.