the Moon and Back
by Bryan Sullivan with Jackie French
To the Moon and Back.
To the Moon and Back was launched at the Apollo 11 35th anniversary lunch in Canberra on Wednesday 21st July 2004.
From the Harper Collins website
When man took the first step on the moon it was a bunch of Australian technicians who tracked the spacecraft and sent the first television pictures to the world. No, not at Parkes the movie The Dish got it wrong. They were from Honeysuckle Creek in the ACT.
This is their story, told by Bryan Sullivan, one of the technicians on duty at the time, and his wife, childrens author Jackie French.
Published by Harper Collins, Sydney
First edition (2004)
Revised edition (2019)
Available online from various booksellers.
Children’s Book Council of Australia
Children’s Book of the Year 2005.
On Friday 19th August 2005, To the Moon and Back by Bryan Sullivan and Jackie French, was announced as the Childrens Book of the Year in the Information Books category at an award ceremony in Sydney.
(The categories for the Childrens Books of the Year are: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books, Information Books. Read about the awards on The Childrens Book Council of Australia website.)
Here are some photos taken at the awards ceremony held in the theatrette in the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
Jackie and Bryan after the Awards Ceremony.
Speeches as the award is presented.
(Standing at far right is Gus Gordon, who drew the illustrations for the book.)
Jackie, Bryan, and Bryans daughter Cath.
Colin Mackellar with Bryan.
Bryan with the book – which now bears a sticker indicating it to be one of the books short-listed for the prize.
(Photos by Colin Mackellar unless noted.)
Below is the cover for the first edition, from 2004.