NASA hasn’t forgotten Pluto. In fact, the dwarf planet is due to have its picture taken. When the New Horizon spacecraft gets close to the mass 3 billion miles from Earth, around January 2015, it is set to serve as official space photographer.
Until then, you can brush up on your Pluto knowledge with some Kansas City Public Library books.
Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet? by Michael Portman tells about Pluto being reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006. This book is great for beginning readers. It includes a table of contents, a glossary of key terms, a list of places to find more information, and an index in the back to find exactly what you want in the book. The clear drawings help make up for the lack of photographs.
For students who want more information about space or who are ready to read something a bit meatier, the National Geographic Kids Space Encyclopedia: A tour of our solar system and beyond by David A. Aguilar is a great choice. It is full of bright pictures, and one of the best parts is the mini fact-chart, which lets readers make easy comparisons. To hone in on Pluto, just check out pages 66-67. However, once you see this article, it might be tough not to delve deeper into exploring outer space.
When the new photos of Pluto hit the news, you will be ready to show off to your friends. Not only will you be up on what's happening, you will be an expert in what it is all about.
About the Author
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri for a decade. Currently, Anna Francesca is Kansas City Public Library’s Education Librarian.