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Summer is coming to a close, and the start of the new school year is looming.  It doesn't seem possible!  Don't let the (bad?) news blow your mind.  Let this new space poetry book do that instead!

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again by Allan Wolf, illustrated by Anna Raff
J  811  WOL
Opening with a “Solar Sunnet” and a spectacularly silly “Moon Buffet”, this versified tour of the solar system and beyond offers both astronomical and metrical delights. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining — and illustrations that are positively out of this world — this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds.

Make sure you watch the official book trailer!

When I walked into the picture book room last week, I noticed a delightful new story on display.  It features my favorite webslinging superhero, and it's all about his tour across the continent of Europe.  Usually, I'm not a huge fan of movie tie-in books, but this one is a winner.  After you read it (and love it), you'll probably want to read a similar story.  I suggest the Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat series by Russell Punter.  Each book focuses on a cat's adventure in a major European city.

Spider-Man: Swings Through Europe by Calliope Glass
Full of vibrant and hilarious original art, this picture book shows off the various European locations seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and is told from Peter Parker's unique point of view.   Whether he's riding in a gondola through the Venice canals or breaking out all his best moves to get a reaction from the Queen's Guard in London, Spider-Man is determined to have the best vacation ever.

Meet Mia Macarooney, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret in the First Chapter book series Mia Mayhem by Kara West!  Mia's life literally goes from totally ordinary to totally super when she’s invited to attend the afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes, a.k.a. THE PITS! And the crazy thing is, in a weird meant-to-be sort of way, all of this news somehow feels super right. Because all her life, Mia thought she was just super klutz...but it turns out, she’s just SUPER! So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero!

1. Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!
2. Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly!
3. Mia Mayhem Vs. the Super Bully
4. Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls (07/16/19)

Meet a pair of animal astronauts.  Wait . . . they're Russian.  Make that cosmonauts.

Dogs in Space by Vix Southgate
"Readers learn the amazing story of how two street dogs—brown-spotted Strelka and fluffy white Belka—become unlikely space pioneers. The two pooches, plucked from the alleys of Moscow, survive training and a nail-biter of a launch to orbit the Earth before arriving back on the ground as tail-wagging global celebrities. Deppe’s charmingly gonzo illustrations of smiling, bug-eyed dogs cleverly incorporate references to ’80s-era sci-fi graphics and Russian Constructivist design, while Southgate’s larky imagined telling of a key scientific milestone balances an engaging plot, useful details, and an inspiring message: 'If two little dogs from the streets of Moscow can make history, then perhaps you can too!' Back matter includes timelines of animal launches and the Space Race." [from Publishers Weekly review]

Listen, I'm not trying to question your intelligence.  I know that you know what NASA is.  After all, we're coming to the end of a space-themed Summer Reading program that included a major space exploration anniversary.  Everyone is well-aware that NASA stands for National Aeronautical and Space Administration, and it is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.  This blog is simply drawing attention to the fact that there is a new title in what we librarians affectionately call "the big-headed biography family."

What Is NASA? by Sarah Fabiny
J  629.4  FAB

Which of these facts are true?
It was created in 1958 in the early days ofthe “space race” against the Soviet Union.
In 1969, the United States won the spacerace by landing astronauts on the moon.
In 1977, it sent up two golden records thatare still flying through space today.
All of the above!