Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON Plus Giveaway

On July 20, 1969, something momentous happened.

Two human beings walked on the moon!

It’s the kind of occurence that, if you were old enough to know what was going on, you probably remember exactly what you were doing. My husband and I were on our first cross-country trip. We’d left NYC at 11:30pm (because we were so excited, we couldn’t wait for the morning) on June 29, 1969. We were both teachers and were taking the entire summer to travel. And by July 20th, we had made our way to Bakersfield, California. Here is my journal entry:

It is Sunday, July 20, and we are at our motel. Today we drove about 150 miles and toured through the Italian Swiss Colony Wine factory and tasted a little, too. Tomorrow we will go into San Francisco and go to the AAA office to make reservations and plot out our stay in the city. By the way – it is really an historic night – the astronauts have landed on the moon and are walking around there – HALLELUJAH!!!

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of that amazing feat. And to help celebrate, we’ve got a very special weekend planned here on Picture Books Help Kids Soar.

Today we are turning the spotlight on ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON…with a giveaway of a copy of the book thanks to the generosity of the fabulous debut author author. And tomorrow the lovely Laura Roettiger will be stopping by to chat and share a fabulous treat recipe. Then on Sunday, we have another special guest. But more about that later. Right now, it picture book review time!



Written by Laura Roettiger

Illustrated by Ariel Boroff

Published by Eifrig Publishing (2019)

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Moon, scientific method, family

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Aliana loves observing everything in nature. Noticing how bright the light of the moon is in her bedroom, she spends time learning about the moon and experimenting with light. As she prepares for her brother’s birthday, she plans for a wonderful surprise to be revealed at the next full moon.

inside spread

Why I love this book:

  • A strong mightygirl who loves science
  • Additional layer of family love
  • Wonderful story
  • Great illustrations that keep the reader turning the pages
  • A perfect story to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon walk


Moon-activities-for-kidsPhoto courtesy:

For detailed instructions on various moon crafts:

Please remember to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of this awesome book. And also remember that the best gifts we can give our favorite authors are:

  1. Buy their books
  2. Review their books
  3. Tell our friends about their books
  4. Ask our local library to purchase the books for their collections

And last of all, don’t forget to be back here tomorrow for a super cool interview with the awesome Laura.

Plus on Sunday, we’ll have a special post from self-published author Carmen Gloria. You won’t want to miss that because she is going to chat about her writing journey…and many other journeys. Oh, and there will be a giveaway. of her newest book in her planet series, Dear Pluto. Plus, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon walk, Carmen is giving us a link for a free download on Amazon Kindle of the Dear Pluto ebook.

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!



28 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON Plus Giveaway

  1. This is such a wonderful book with so many layers you can unpack with children! Laura will be visiting our school this fall to talk with elementary students, and I’m excited to share Aliana Reaches for the Moon with all of our students!

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  3. My nose was glued to the TV on July 20, 1969. What a historic event you captured, Vivian, within your own history! Reading words from our past enlightens our future in some way. I congratulate Laura on her new picture book. It sounds like one that will inspire children to go beyond their imaginations, exploring the sciences and dreaming BIG. Thanks for applauding Laura’s book, Vivian!

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  4. I might have only been in preschool at the time, but I clearly remember watching the lunar landing on television back in 1969. My parents explained why this was a BIG moment in history. They talked about it for days and days beforehand. My father, an astrophysicist, paged through books to show me how FAAAAAAR the moon is from Earth. When Walter Cronkite covered the event, I watched, wide-eyed, as Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon’s surface. 50 years later, I still get choked up thinking about it. Having said that, I’m excited to check out Aliana Reaches for the Moon.

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  5. So excited to read this book to kiddos! I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that the moon landing was 50 years ago. I watched with friends as we lamented how we would leave each other for college in the fall. But then, when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, we were silent and in in awe. Thanks for this wonderful post, Vivian, and for the fabulous book, Laura.

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  6. More STEAM books about girls! Yay. I can’t help but think that if these books had been around when I was in elementary school, I might have seen things that made me want to explore certain professions in STEM. I just didn’t have confidence or patience. Now I do. I have the perfect place for it front and center in the kidlit recording studio. We have a dedicated STEM and STEAM wing now. Thanks for the consideration and congratulations to all involved in this wonderful book’s creation.✌🏼💁🏼🎶🎨📚😊

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  7. It is wonderful indeed to witness and celebrate the power of STEM and STEAM! The effect of exciting science adventures appeals to kids everywhere–young and old–and inspires confidence in the future! Can’t wait to read this book!


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