Eight Days Gone
by Linda McReynolds, illustrated by Ryan O'Rourke
Charlesbridge, 2012. Unpaged. Nonfiction
In the simplest possible terms, McReynolds and O'Rouke introduce very young children to the first moon landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in 1969, not neglecting Michael Collins circling overhead. Eight Days Gone is so minimalist--four lines per page with an abab rhyme scheme fairly shout for adult intervention, making this book a perfect read-aloud provided one gives enough space for youngsters to ask questions. Bold, clear outlines and rich colors make this an appealing book for curious kids with a scientific bent. Chosen by the National Science Teachers Association as one of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 published in 2012.