Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Out of This World Storytime: How We Got to the Moon

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John Rocco
How We Got to the Moon

John Rocco is an award-winning illustrator and children’s author. Rocco has received numerous honors like the Borders Original Voices Award for Best Picture Book, and the New York Times Best Book of the Year. He’s best known for illustrating the covers of books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Some of his books include Blizzard, which won the Irma Black Award Honor; Blackout; and Wolf! Wolf!. His latest work, How We Got to the Moon, tells of humanity’s journey to the moon with the Apollo program. Kirkus Reviews calls How We Got to The Moon a "dramatic, meticulous record of the U.S. space program’s greatest achievement (so far)."

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Cathryn Mercier is Simmons University’s Children's Literature Department Chair, Children's Literature Graduate Programs Director, and the Center for the Study of Children's Literature Director, as well as a children’s literature professor. Her skill at "close reading, an ability to talk about books so that others see the book at its most ambitious and complex, and a talent for collaboration" have made her a valuable member of national book award committees. She currently serves on the Subaru Prize Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences/ Young Adult Division.


Wrapping up our series of talks with creators of books about outer space is this fun and fascinating exploration of How We Got to the Moon, written and illustrated by Caldecott Honor recipient (and lifelong NASA enthusiast) John Rocco. Rocco’s book, which was just long listed for the National Book Award, takes readers far behind the scenes of the Apollo 11 moon landing, bringing to light the immense but often unsung contributions of the many men and women whose research and expertise helped make this dream a reality. In a conversation with Cathryn Mercier of Simmons University, Rocco will take us behind the scenes as well, giving us a glimpse into his processes for researching and creating this stunning book. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the author!

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations.

Ages 8–12