Monday, September 14, 2015

Book Review: Welcome to Mars

WELCOME TO MARS: MAKING A HOME ON THE RED PLANET by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson takes an amazing look at the near-future reality of a human colony on Mars.
Readers are invited to become Martian pioneers as they work their way the information they’ll need to journey to Mars and build a permanent home.
This visually-rich, well-organized book includes short chapters dealing with key issues related to space travel and the colonization of Mars. Numerous fun activities, author side-bars, interesting fact boxes, stunning photographs, detailed illustrations, intriguing diagrams and primary source documents add to the appeal. A timelines and map of Mars are particularly interesting. The book concludes with book and website lists, a glossary, credits, and an index.
Librarians will find an eager audience for this timely work of nonfiction. With movie The Martian coming out in October, the book is sure to be a hit. Plan an event around this interest in Mars. Pair the book with the many NASA websites featuring information about Mars.
To learn more about Buzz Aldrin, go to
To learn more about co-author Marianne Dyson, go to
Published by National Geographic Children’s Books on September 1, 2015.