Our Favorite Children’s Books of 2012

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

(Random House)

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!

(Walker & Company)

By Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe. 
Walker & Company, 2012. 32 pp., $16.99. 
Rockets, astronauts, space shuttles, and more: This brightly colored book lets the littlest readers know what each — human, robot, or spaceship — is capable of: When night has come and the moon shines bright, / reflecting back our sun’s great light — / explore the stars and search the sky, / and watch for satellites gliding by! Ayliffe’s cut-paper collages are a standout. Ages 3–6.

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