Marianne J. Dyson

Books for Kids

by Award-winning Author & former NASA Flight Controller Marianne Dyson

Order autographed copies from me or from Amazon via my Book Orders page.

Up in Space

Up in Space

Up in Space: we built a station introduces the International Space Station to children through a rhyming story illustrated with full-color photographs. Photo captions offer extra details for parents and advanced readers. Three hands-on activities plus glossary and index included. This book is targeted at preschool and early elementary-aged children.

See the Book Orders page to order autographed copies or use this Up in Space link to order from Amazon.

Welcome to the Moon

Welcome to the Moon by Marianne Dyson and Lindsey Cousins, Foreword by Andrew Aldrin, Art by Alan Bean.

A new generation of pioneers are headed to the Moon! This briefing book is packed with stuff they need to know such as: 1) How the Moon formed, how it moves, and what previous human and robotic explorers discovered; 2) What resources and features the Moon offers today, revealed through new scientific maps and missions; 3) The challenges of transporting crew and cargo to the Moon, and; 4) The value of the Moon and its resources in creating a future without limits for all of humanity!

Welcome to the Moon is targeted for middle school students and up. Classroom sets of soft cover copies are included with ShareSpace's Giant Moon Map. Read review by National Space Society.

See the Book Orders page to order high-quality (better paper and more intense colors) autographed print copies. Pod-printed copies are available as well as an eBook from Amazon.

To the Moon and Back

To the Moon and Back, by Buzz Aldrin & Marianne Dyson with pop-ups by Bruce Foster.

In celebration of the Apollo 11 Mission's 50th Anniversary, experience the awe and excitement of humankind's first steps on the moon! In this exclusive, exquisite pop-up adventure, readers follow astronaut Buzz Aldrin's story as he encounters the "magnificent desolation" of Earth's only satellite firsthand.

Preeminent paper engineer Bruce Foster brings to life what it was like to blast off into space and take the first steps on the moon through intricate pop-ups and paper folds. Award-winning author Marianne Dyson put Aldrin's firsthand accounts of his training and experiences into historical context with stunning images. Aldrin's daughter added her unique personal perspectives.

This book is an informative and collectible work of art--perfect for budding astronauts and grandparents hoping to share their memories of the moon landing with the young explorers in their lives.

To the Moon and Back is for elementary students (and collected by adults!). Visit my Buzz Books page to learn more about the creation of this book. Order from Amazon.

Welcome to Mars

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The NSTA and Children's Book Council selected Welcome to Mars for the 2017 Best STEM award!

Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings!

What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. What kid wouldn't want to blast off with him on this (literary) journey!

Welcome to Mars is targeted at upper elementary and middle-school students. NatGeo created an Educator's Guide which can be downloaded. Visit my Buzz Books page to learn more about Mars and the creation of this book. Order from Amazon.

Space Station Science

Space Station Science 2nd edition, 2004

Originally published by Scholastic in 1999, this book won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Golden Kite Award for best nonfiction book. The second edition was published by Windward in 2004 with many new photos and a new activity. Featuring an introduction from Buzz Aldrin, the book reveals what life is really like in space, from living without day and night to how the space toilet works. Includes a glossary, an index, and further reading references.

This book is geared to upper elementary and middle-school students. Teachers: classroom sets are available for a 40 percent discount! Contact me for details. Order from Amazon.

A history of space stations, a writing activity using the Mission Control chapter, and a list of crews that visited up through the retirement of the Space Shuttle are lined through my Space Station Science page.

Home on the Moon

Home on the Moon, NatGeo, 2003
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A former NASA mission controller with firsthand knowledge of the space program combines a vivid description of humankind's race to the moon with a detailed vision of the moon as our next frontier. Full-color illustrations, glossary, and index included.

This book won the American Institute of Physics Science Communications Award in 2004. It is targeted at upper elementary and middle-school students. For more information about the creation of this book, visit my Home on the Moon page.

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Other Publications

See my BIBLIOGRAPHY page for a complete list of my publications, including short stories, articles, and activities. Publications of Marianne Dyson on AMAZON


Activities and puzzles created to go with my books are on my Teacher Resources page.

School Visits!

I'd love to share my passion for space at your school or event! Check out my Author Visits page.

Eat My Martian Dust

The Eat My Martian Dust, an anthology for Christian kids, edited by Michael Carroll and Robert Elmer, was published in 2005 & is out of print, so I reprinted my 2 stories on Kindle. In "The Right Path," a teenage girl must set a good example for an arrogant young man performing a Kuk Sool martial arts demonstration on the Moon. In "Zeus's Eagle," a boy's tolerance and faith are tested by his new Martian friends.


Right Path-Zeus's Eagle for Kindle

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Eat My Martian Dust is OP

Print book includes stories by Kathy Tyers, Jim Denney, Sigmund Brouwer, Randall Ingermanson, Shane Johnson, and John B. Olson.

Girls Save the Day

Girls Save the Day
All stories in Girls Save the Day feature girls saving the day. The book is out of print, but used copies are still available via Amazon. My story, "On the Way to Broken Bow," is about a handicapped girl who focuses on what she can do when faced with landing a small plane. I have used this story to role-play an emergency aircraft landing for Girl Scouts earning their aviation badges. It is based on the true story of a native American girl flown by Angel Flight.

Space Reading List

Want books with accurate science? Here are some nonfiction and science fiction books I recommend that are also fun to read.

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