I often get asked about the books that Daniel is enjoying reading, so I thought I’d try and share our favourite chapter books each week.
At the moment, there are lots of books all about the moon landings, and I’ve written before about some of the best space books out there for children at the moment.
Daniel’s really been enjoying a book from the Trail Blazers series, all about Neil Armstrong. The age range is 8-10 but as Daniel is a (very) confident reader he’s been getting stuck into this.
The book is all about how Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, and how he gained his pilot’s licence, fought in the war, went to space and how he continued to inspire others.
Daniel has read this book a few times, flicking back and forth to favourite sections and he has told me all sorts of snippets and facts about the life of Neil Armstrong.
I’ve personally never been a huge fan of biographies but Daniel seems to enjoy reading them. This series, Trailblazers, seeks to make biographies accessible and engaging and I think it manages it really well. The text is interspersed with black and white drawings and comic-style illustrations, along with fact files and key information.
The three illustrations, Luise Uribe, George Ermos and Nina Jones do a really good job of bringing Alex Woolf’s words to life in a fun, accessible and engaging way for children.
I find that Daniel’s at a funny age for reading, where it can be hard to find books that sufficiently challenge him, whilst remaining appropriate at the same time. This book does a really good job and I think it’s one he will keep returning to over the next year as we explore the space race in more detail together.