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Recommended by The New York Times Book Review Editors and authors of How to Raise a Reader.
Ages 5 and up
The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the “stunning” (Booklist) Moonshot.
It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.
2014 Caldecott Medal
New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2013
A Note from the Hullabaloo Crew: While this is a gorgeous picture book, it’s also full of facts and details. It will sometimes be better suited to older kids. That being said, younger kids with a love of trains and/or history or with longer attention spans will also love this book.
What an adventure! This book takes you on a ride that brings historical, geographical, and mechanical context to the story of the locomotive. The sounds and scenery come to life through vivid descriptions and captivating illustrations. Informative and fast-paced, you’ll enjoy this journey across the West! Especially great for an older child who is very interested in history, machines, and exploration. -Amy, mother of four (ages 3, 5, 6, and 8) Plano, TX
Brian Floca explores Apollo 11’s famed moon landing with this newly expanded edition of Moonshot!
Simply told, grandly shown, and now with eight additional pages of brand-new art and more in-depth information about the historic moon landing, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery—a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.
Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Books
My husband and I are both pilots, so this book was a true family favorite. My children loved knowing this was a true story. It brought the flight of the Apollo to life in beautifully poetic pictures and words. There is always something to be said about true stories that shaped our nation. It reminds children there was life before video games and TV. This book encouraged real discussion about the space program and what it must have been like for America’s first astronauts. My daughter (7) said, "Mom, could I really be the next person to walk on the moon?" Of course, I said yes! This book would be a perfect gift for the space/airplane enthusiast. Becky, mother of two (ages 7 & 8), Virginia Beach, VA