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Emily Lakdawalla is an American planetary geologist and Senior Editor of The Planetary Society, contributing as both a science writer and a blogger. She has also worked as a teacher and as an environmental consultant.
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Basics of Space Flight
Dave Doody - May 07, 2011
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How do you get to another planet? Can gravity assist you? How do spacecraft communicate? Broad in scope and loaded with references, Basics of Space Flight identifies the many fields and concepts associated with robotic interplanetary space exploration, and shows how they operate together. Popular with teachers, students, and anyone who is curious a...
Emily Lakdawalla
Jan 29, 2021
Have I got a book for you!!!! Enjoy “The Basica of Space Flight,” by David Doody:      source
Launch Photography
Ben Cooper Photographs Rockets of NASA and More
Ben Cooper - Sep 15, 2019
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Master launch photographer Ben Cooper captures readers’ favorite subjects in a new light. Rather than presenting the standard “rocket lifting off the launch pad” images, he provides fresh perspectives. In addition to providing text about manned and unmanned crafts that will pique the interest of shuttle enthusiasts and newcomers alike, he shares wi...
Emily Lakdawalla
Jan 24, 2021
If you like looking at photos of big rockets going up, regardless of your age, get Ben's book! Chock-full of gorgeous pictures. @LaunchPhoto I hope you can print a coffee-table type book some day; the only thing I dislike about this book is that I want everything to be bigger!      source
Dreyer's English
An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
Benjamin Dreyer - Jan 29, 2019
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A witty, informative guide to writing "good English" from Random House's longtime copy chief and one of Twitter's leading enforcers of proper grammar--a twenty-first-century ...
Emily Lakdawalla
Jan 04, 2021
@misscecil I read this and hated it. I enjoyed Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman. And also BC Dreier’s book on editing.      source
Daemon Voices
On Stories and Storytelling
Philip Pullman - Sep 18, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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From the international best-selling author of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art—the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that chart...
Emily Lakdawalla
Jan 04, 2021
@misscecil I read this and hated it. I enjoyed Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman. And also BC Dreier’s book on editing.      source
Black Women in Science
A Black History Book for Kids
PhD Kimberly Brown Pellum - Oct 08, 2019
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Bold, black women in science—where will their inspiration take you?...
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 11, 2020
Hey @BLACKandSTEM @BlackPhysicists folks, this middle-grade book of 15 biographies of African-American women in STEM is really excellent!! Stories written to provide models of courage, persistence, and self-confidence for tweens and teens.      source
Your Place in the Universe
Jason Chin - Sep 01, 2020
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With crisp illustration and intriguing science, Your Place in the Universe introduces readers to the mind-boggling scale of the known Universe.Most eight-year-olds are about five times as tall as this book... but only half as tall as an ostrich, which is half as tall as a giraffe... twenty times smaller than a California Redwood! How do they compar...
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 11, 2020
3 new recs so far this year: Your Place in the Universe, by Jason Chin Geology is a Piece of Cake, by Katie Coppens Sports Stars: Astronomy for the Sports Fan (actually 3 books), by Scott Rockfield:      source
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Sports Stars
Astronomy for the Sports Fan in All of Us (Top NBA Players Edition)
Sports Stars LLC - Jul 24, 2020
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Share a wonderful learning experience with your child or give as a gift. "Sports Stars: Astronomy for the sports fan in all of us" is a great way for a child (6-12) to read child-appropriate biographies about their favorite athlete and enjoy the hand drawn illustrations. And then, if they feel adventurous, they can go outside and find the athlete o...
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 11, 2020
3 new recs so far this year: Your Place in the Universe, by Jason Chin Geology is a Piece of Cake, by Katie Coppens Sports Stars: Astronomy for the Sports Fan (actually 3 books), by Scott Rockfield:      source
Geology Is a Piece of Cake
Katie Coppens - May 01, 2017
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Geology made yummy! With scrumptious-looking photos, easy recipes, and cakes depicting accurate science, this book provides a fun and memorable approach to thinking about rock formation, tectonic plate movement, weathering, fossils and more....
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 11, 2020
3 new recs so far this year: Your Place in the Universe, by Jason Chin Geology is a Piece of Cake, by Katie Coppens Sports Stars: Astronomy for the Sports Fan (actually 3 books), by Scott Rockfield:      source
Moonshot
The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover))
Brian Floca - Apr 09, 2019 (first published in 2009)
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“An extraordinary delight for a reader of any age.” —The New York Times Book Review 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 Apo...
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 10, 2020
Getting to work today on my recommended books list for middle-grade readers (8 to 12) and I noticed that @BrianFloca's outstanding book Moonshot (which I would recommend to readers age 6 to 600) is discounted to $12 on Amazon right now      source
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Rover Throws a Party
Inspired by NASA's Curiosity on Mars
Kristin L. Gray - Mar 31, 2020
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Inspired by NASA's ...
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 08, 2020
Three more recommended kids' space picture books: Rover Throws a Party, by Kristin Gray Caroline's Comets, by Emily Arnold McCully The Moon Show, by Carmen Gloria #KidsSpaceBooks      source
The Moon Show
Carmen Gloria - Jan 02, 2020
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This is the very first children's book that teaches kids about the moons to other planets in our solar system!Take a tour of our solar system with The Moon and meet other moons on THE MOON SHOW!Did you know that there are other moons in our solar system besides our Moon?Perfect book for budding astronomy and space lovers!First book in this Kid Astr...
Emily Lakdawalla
Dec 08, 2020
Three more recommended kids' space picture books: Rover Throws a Party, by Kristin Gray Caroline's Comets, by Emily Arnold McCully The Moon Show, by Carmen Gloria #KidsSpaceBooks      source
Caroline's Comets by Emily Arnold McCully
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are by Julia Kregenow
Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Chanur's Legacy by C. J. Cherryh
You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey
Analog Days by Trevor Pinch
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood