A picture book on ALWAYS in the MIDDLE? What’s gotten into me? Well, this fun title really is part picture book. It has a separate word for every letter of the alphabet accompanied by a short rhyming description.

Pushing this new title upward to something a ten-year-old might enjoy are more in-depth paragraphs on side panels,  Learn about higher level science topics like flybys, exoplanets, Jettisons, and quasars to name a few. The author is a true expert, having spent 152 days in space along with 40 hours of space walks.

The colorful illustrations are detailed and support each concept. Here’s the full background:

Former astronaut Clayton Anderson takes readers on an A to Z flight through the alphabet from astronaut and blastoff to spacewalk and Zulu Time. Topics cover the history of NASA, science, and practical aspects of being an astronaut using fun poems for each letter paired with longer expository text in the sidebars. Perfect for science buffs, budding astronauts, and astronomy lovers of all ages.

What better way to celebrate National Space Day (5/4/2018), National Astronaut Day (5/5/2018), and the 60th anniversary of NASA (10/1/2108) with A IS FOR ASTRONAUT. It’s perfect for STEAM driven learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) . To see even more great titles visit Sleeping Bear Press.


Coming up next Monday is another:
If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love on a Monday (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count–but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you’re featuring and a link to your blog at gpcolo (at) gmail (dot) com
(Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so it gets sorted accurately–and please don’t forget to say what book you’re featuring) You MUST email me your link by Sunday evening (11 PM Eastern Time) in order to be included in the list of links for the coming Monday.
Thank you so much for being a part of this awesome tradition begun by Shannon Messenger and for spreading the middle grade love!
*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen reviews ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me.


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3 Responses to A IS FOR ASTRONAUT

  1. This is the second review of this book I’ve read this week. I find it interesting to make an alphabet book for this age level. I will check this out. Thanks for the post.

  2. Antoinette Truglio Martin says:

    Picture books are so valuable for this age. It brings in the fun of reading and gives the kids an opportunity to truly dive into the power of words.

  3. Kids will love this book — especially my great grandson! He loves space. Can’t wait to check it out for him!

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