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More recommended nonfiction and activity space books for children

Emily Lakdawalla • December 11, 2012

My final set of reviews of children's books for 2012: five recommended nonfiction books for a range of ages.

Reviews of nonfiction book series for children

Emily Lakdawalla • December 10, 2012

Here are four recommended space nonfiction book series that would make excellent additions to any children's library.

Two beautiful space picture books by Michael Benson

Emily Lakdawalla • November 26, 2012

Michael Benson's Planetfall and a children's edition of his earlier book Beyond put the gorgeous pictures returned from space front and center.

A spectacular calendar for 2013

Emily Lakdawalla • November 13, 2012

Steve Cariddi's Year in Space wall calendar crams an incredible variety of information into a beautiful, large wall calendar that is great for grownups, kids, or classrooms.

Reviews of space-themed story books for children

Emily Lakdawalla • October 29, 2012

In an annual tradition, I review eight children's story books with planetary and astronomy themes. Favorites include Pieces of Another World by Mara Rockliff and Solar System Forecast by Kelly Kizer Whitt.

DPS 2012: Who were you wearing?

Emily Lakdawalla • October 24, 2012

Scientific conferences have become more fun since it suddenly became cool to be a geek. I thoroughly enjoy the "geek uniform" of witty T-shirt and jeans, and did my best to wardrobe myself in relevant geekwear each day of the meeting. This post is for all the people at DPS who asked where my clothes came from.

Book Review: Planetary Surface Processes, by H. Jay Melosh

Emily Lakdawalla • October 23, 2012

Planetary Surface Processes provides a rigorous overview of every process that shapes the appearance of planetary surfaces, and I'll be referring to it to help me explain everything from impact cratering to isostasy.

Book Review: The International Atlas of Mars Exploration, by Phil Stooke

Emily Lakdawalla • October 12, 2012

I've been waiting for the publication of this book for years. Phil Stooke's International Atlas of Mars Exploration, just published by Cambridge University Press, is an exhaustively awesome labor of love, chronicling the first five decades of Mars exploration in pictures, maps, and facts.

An amazing LEGO model of Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2012

A petite model of Curiosity in LEGO accurately represents many of its features and functions.

Mars24 has been upgraded for Curiosity

Emily Lakdawalla • August 03, 2012

Robert Schmunk has released a new version of the Mars24 application to help us tell time at Curiosity's landing site.

A blog that started out as a product review, but turned into something else entirely

Emily Lakdawalla • July 10, 2012

A review of the Aeromax "NASA Junior Astronaut Suit Child Costume," with bonus review of a backyard airplane teeter-totter. But the review took a turn that I was not prepared for.

Hold the Moon in Your Hands

Emily Lakdawalla • June 12, 2012

Sky & Telescope and Replogle Globes teamed up to take advantage of the fabulous new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image mosaic of the Moon to make an equally fabulous new Moon globe.

One Man's Quest for SETI's Most Promising Signal

Amir Alexander • January 27, 2012

A review of Robert H. Gray's "The Elusive Wow: Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence."

Do you have an iPhone? Do you like the Mars rovers? Check out the awesome my3D viewer.

Emily Lakdawalla • December 19, 2011

The Hasbro my3D viewer turns your phone into an electronic View-Master, making it easy to view color images in stereo.

Reviews of space-themed books for kids ages 7 and up

Emily Lakdawalla • December 02, 2011

OK, this is my last pile of book reviews for this year: a collection of good books for kids older than mine.

Reviews of two modular toys: Modular Robotics Cubelets and Sifteo Cubes

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2011

OK, these aren't strictly space-related. But they seemed so awesome I couldn't resist buying them, and I imagine they'll appeal to a lot of space geeks as they did to me.

Reviews of space-themed books & products for young children

Emily Lakdawalla • November 30, 2011

As I do every year, I've collected a bunch of new (or relatively new) books and other products on space themes for children.

Book Review: Atlas of the Galilean Satellites, by Paul Schenk

Emily Lakdawalla • November 18, 2011

Not many subjects remain for which it is possible to assemble everything that we know about it in one book. Even for those subjects for which our knowledge is limited, knowledge seems always to be expanding exponentially. This is not true, however, for the Galilean satellites of Jupiter.

Book Review: A More Perfect Heaven, by Dava Sobel

Emily Lakdawalla • November 15, 2011

As with her previous two books Longitude and Galileo's Daughter, Dava Sobel draws heavily on primary sources for her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.

Book Reviews: Otherworldly skies, real and imagined

Emily Lakdawalla • November 02, 2011

Today I'm reviewing -- and recommending -- two art-laden books. Michael Carroll's Drifting on Alien Winds is nonfiction, while the IAAA's The Beauty of Space is an art book, but both books are about describing our understanding of the alien-yet-familiar worlds across our solar system, and what they'd look like if we could stand on them.

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