The Flight of Apollo 11

Illustrated by Brian Floca
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About The Book

Brian Floca explores Apollo 11’s famed moon landing with this beautifully illustrated picture book!

Simply told, grandly shown, 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.

About The Author

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (April 2009)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416950462
  • Grades: P - 5
  • Ages: 4 - 10
  • Lexile ® AD830L

Awards and Honors

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • ILA/CBC Children's Choices
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Flora Stieglitz Straus Award
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Master List
  • Booklinks Lasting Connections
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
  • ALA Robert F. Sibert Award Honor Book
  • NAPPA Gold Award Winner
  • Capitol Choices List (DC)
  • Kirkus Best Children's Book
  • Monarch Award Master List (IL)
  • New York Times Best Illustrated Books
  • KC3 Award Master List (MO)
  • CBC Children's Choice Book Award Finalist
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year - with Outstanding Merit
  • Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Award Honor Book
  • Cleveland Public Library Celebrate With Books Selection

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