Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World
Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 2 - 5, Grade (US) from 2 - 5
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Discoveries
Oct 15, 2018
8 x 10 x 0.38 in
Color illustrations throughout
A Junior Library Guild Selection 2018
- Author Bio
The story behind the famous 1968 photo taken from aboard Apollo 8
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.
JAMES GLADSTONE is an editor and author of books for children. His great
fondness for planet Earth inspired him to write Earthrise. James is also
the author of When Planet Earth Was New and Turtle Pond. James lives in
CHRISTY LUNDY enjoys exploring the relationship between characters and
their environment in her work. She designs locations and creates
background paintings for children’s animated shows, as well as doing
editorial illustrations for a wide variety of clients. Earthrise is her
first children’s book. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Praise for When Planet Earth Was New:
"A dramatic demonstration of geologic time for thoughtful readers and listeners."
"Beautiful and thought-provoking."
"A fine addition to science collections."
— School Library Journal
"An epic retelling of our planet's origin story... When Planet Earth Was
New nails the sense of majesty and mystery that ought to accompany any
look at the planet's beginnings."
– Quill & Quire