N4L 168: "How We Got to the Moon" by John Rocco


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John Rocco, #1 New York Times bestselling children’s author and illustrator, shares his recent release, How We Got to the Moon. Organized in seven sections, the book takes readers from age ten to 99 through the years of Apollo, a decade of serious space exploration.

Using vivid illustrations and just the right amount of technical and historical information, Rocco highlights famous people such as Werner von Braun and President John F. Kennedy and many, many of the lesser-known 400,000 who helped America get to the moon. His artwork also simplifies complex scientific principles making them understandable for the casual reader and intriguing for the more serious.

The space race was more than a friendly competition with the Soviets. As Rocco says, “To the men and women working on Apollo, it was more than an exploration of this new frontier called space; it was a race for survival. The American way of life was at stake.” So, Americans went to work and, against all odds, made it happen!

Longlisted for the National Book Award and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, How We Got to the Moon is also a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist and a Mathical Award Winner.

BUY How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure


  • For a taste of John Rocco’s illustrations and dozens of great resources, visit his website.

  • To see how Americans handled a failed mission, BUY Apollo 13.

  • For family viewing and a history lesson in rocket-building, BUY October Sky.

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