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Brooms to the moon

Fly to the Moon You can’t reach the moon on a broom Despite what those witches say And your phone can’t take pictures Of a million miles away But master your maths and your English Or become a science ace You can build yourself a rocket And fly yourself to space...

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Summer Solar Eclipse

Summer Solar Eclipse across the USA On the 21st August 2017 millions of those in North America will be treated to the first total solar eclipse for 99 years. What is a solar eclipse? It takes the moon, sun and earth to be aligned perfectly around the time of a new...

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Spring Stories for Children

I love the sights, smells and sounds of spring, in particular the first flowers. They remind me of the words of a new story as it finally makes its way onto paper. During the winter months, the words have rested, been nurtured and had time to develop. Suddenly they...

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More men to the moon?

  As we celebrate the life of the last man to walk on the moon, Eugene (Gene) Cernan, who died this week, questions are being asked about the future of moon exploration. Will we ever go to the moon again? What will we do if we go? Only 12 men have ever landed on...

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October’s Orbit

Astronaut Encounters October was one of the most exciting months for seeing and meeting astronauts. As well as hearing all about their experiences in space I got some great new ideas for Michael May’s next adventures: Tim Peake & Tim Kopra at the Royal...

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Best Book Reviews

Lots of reading over the summer has produced some great book reviews from children. Here are the top 3! Hetty Feather – Written by Jacqueline Wilson Hetty Feather is a Victorian Foundling fostered by John and Peg Cotton, she teases Saul, takes care of Gideon and...

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Great Summer Reads for Children

Great books for 8-12 year olds If you’re anything like me, you like to buy or download books just for your holiday. There they sit, tempting you to just read the first few lines. If you succumb, they are somehow spoilt and you then have an overwhelming desire to...

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Space, Schools and Surrey

The past couple of months have been filled with fun events including a space afternoon at the amazing and award-winning Haslemere Bookshop in Surrey and workshops at The Abbey Junior School and Pangbourne College. I am always amazed by children’s constant...

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World Book Week Space Fun!

…and a tweet to Tim Peake This year’s World Book Week was a whirlwind of fun, with 4 space workshops for 190 boys at Moulsford School in Oxfordshire, followed by 2 space events at Waterstones, Reading. I saw Gangsta Grannies, Hobbits, Oompa Loompas and the...

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Could You Be An Astronaut?

Michael May visits schools… From January 2016 I have been visiting schools to run my ‘Could you be an Astronaut?‘ workshops. It has been brilliant fun looking at what an Astronaut is (Greek for Space Sailor) and what they do, but the best bit has...

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LAUNCH DAY FOR MAY’S MOON!

  May’s Moon Launch Party! Thank you so much to the family and friends who joined me to celebrate the launch of May’s Moon on Saturday! It was a fabulous night which I will remember for a long time. Thank you also to those who’ve bought a copy...

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2015 Christmas Theme – Space!

If you love all things space-related…this Christmas is made for you!   If you or your children like space and all things space-like, this Christmas is especially exciting for you!   On television, a major department store shows a girl looking up into...

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Moon Poem Winner Announced!

Thank you to those children who sent in their fabulous poems about the moon! I’m delighted to announce that the winner of this competition is… Emma’s poem: The Moon The moon is bright The moon is white The moon shimmers in the sky at night The moon...

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Summer Space Stories

What’s the news in space right now? The International Space Station   Tomorrow will see the Russian Space Agency (called Roscosmos) sending one of their Soyuz Spacecraft up to the International Space Station (ISS). This will be the 45th Expedition to the...

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Top Summer Reads for Children

Great books for 8-12 year olds If you’re anything like me, you like to buy or download books just for your holiday. There they sit, tempting you to just read the first few lines. If you succumb, they are somehow spoilt and you then have an overwhelming desire to...

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