Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2012

The year’s best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers

(Random House)

I, Galileo


Written and illustrated by Bonnie Christensen. 
Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. 40 pp., $17.99. 
An aging Galileo Galilei, sentenced to house arrest for the heresy of declaring that the Earth revolves around the sun, reflects upon his life and scientific discoveries. The author includes an appendix listing the Italian astronomer’s experiments, inventions, and discoveries. Lush gouache and oil paintings — styled to look like woodblock prints — add to this inspired biography. Ages 8–12.

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