1968 was a year of unrest: many nations were at war. People marched for peace, fairness, and freedom. At the same time, the Apollo 8 crew was about to go farther into space than anyone had gone before—to the moon.
As they surveyed the moon’s surface, astronauts aboard Apollo 8 looked up just when Earth was rising out of the darkness of space. They saw the whole planet—no countries, no borders. The photograph they took, Earthrise, had a profound effect when published widely back on Earth, galvanizing the environmental movement, changing the way people saw our single, fragile home planet, and sparking hope during a year of unrest.
This important and timely picture book is publishing to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, telling the story behind the photograph, both inside the spaceship and back on Earth. Text includes dialogue pulled from NASA’s Apollo 8 transcript, drawing readers into the iconic moment Earth was photographed from space. An author’s note at the end explains more about the photograph, the Apollo 8 mission, and how Earthrise went on to inspire Earth Day.
"A fine snapshot of a milestone event in U.S. and world history for robust nonfiction picture book collections."
“[This] book will help children appreciate their shared history and their home planet of earth.”
"For any fan of Earth."
“Earthrise is especially important now, in a time where the world feels more divided than ever.”
"A star-bright account of space exploration."
“Earthrise is a book to read repeatedly. Every portion of this space flight, especially the Earthrise photograph, is presented with excellence by weaving facts into a beautiful narrative and depicting its history vividly in illustrations.”
"Readers will enjoy learning about astronauts and outer space by reading this uplifting book."
"This book ought to act as a kind of appetizer for readers who want to dig a little deeper into the early days of space travel."
"Earthrise captures an inspiring moment of space travel and should be included in all library and personal collections."