Bonnie's Rocket

by Emeline Lee (Author) Alina Chau (Illustrator)

Bonnie's Rocket
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Bonnie's father is an engineer for the Apollo 11 space mission. Bonnie is an engineer too, developing a model rocket that she plans to shoot high into the sky. While Baba works on the moon-landing module far away, Bonnie designs, builds, and tests her own project -- with sometimes disastrous results! Throughout the process, Baba's letters encourage her in her work, and after the astronauts return from the moon, Baba comes home in time to see Bonnie launch her amazing rocket.

Inspired by the experiences of the author's grandfather, who helped design the space suits and life-support systems on the Apollo 11 lunar module, Bonnie's Rocket celebrates the diverse team that contributed to one of the United States's greatest achievements. It's also a heartwarming father-daughter story and a terrific gift for budding engineers and space fans of all ages.

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Kirkus Reviews

An engaging father-daughter STEAM story full of support and scientific inquiry.

Review quotes

In a fresh perspective on events which changed the universe, Bonnie's Rocket reveals to readers that STEM is at its most powerful when it is personal. — Andrea Beaty, New York Times bestselling author of Rosie Revere, Engineer

Emeline Lee

Emeline Lee grew up hearing stories about her grandfather's work on the Apollo 11 moon landing, which inspired her own fascination with science. She studied English literature and environmental sustainability at Columbia University, and she now works in the renewable energy sector in New York City. This is her first picture book. Find her on the web at and follow her on social media at @EmelineLeeBooks.

Alina Chau dreamed of being an astronaut when she grew up, but instead went on to a career as an award-winning artist and filmmaker. She illustrated The Nian Monster, which received the 2018 APALA Picture Book Honor, alongside many other beautiful picture books. Her animation credits include Star Wars: The Clone Wars; and numerous best-selling games. She lives in southern California. Visit her website at and find her on Instagram at @alinachau.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Lee & Low Books
Publication date
October 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV016150 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 20th Century
JUV014000 - Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
JUV036010 - Juvenile Fiction | Technology | Astronauts & Space
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
United States
Fathers and daughters
Historical fiction
Chinese Americans
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Rockets (Aeronautics)

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