Best Children’s Books of 2016

The best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers in 2016.

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This holiday season, a new crop of books about flight and space exploration offers plenty of gift possibilities for young readers from ages 2 to 14.

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon

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(NorthSouth)

Written and illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann, translated from the German by David Henry Wilson. NorthSouth, 128 pp., $19.95.
A stargazing mouse is determined to prove the moon isn’t made of cheese, and with a little help from the Smithsonian Institution, he constructs a spacesuit and rocket sled. But the FBI has labeled him a Rodent Saboteur; will they stop his journey, or will the tiny astronaut be the first to walk on the moon—14 years before Neil Armstrong? Ages 4-8.

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