"Baratz-Logsted weaves in just enough history to root Mamie's story in her time, a moment when a nation came together and felt proud of human possibilities. . . . Readers will be charmed by Mamie's story of hope in a difficult moment in American history." - Kirkus 

2021 Hawaii Nene Award, Fiction Nominee


2021 Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee, Junior Division 

2021 New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award List (grades 6-8)
2019 Housatonic Book Award Finalist

2018-2019 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award List, Grades 3-5

Amazon Editors' Pick Best Books of June 2017

Semifinalist: GoodReads Choice Awards 2017 Best Middle Grade and Children's Book

National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018

The Planetary Society Recommended Space Books for Kids of All Ages 2017

The National Science and Engineering Council of Canada list of books for Science Literacy Week 2018

2018-2019 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Intermediate Grade list

2018-19 Maine Student Book Award Reading List 

TriState Books of Note 2018 (Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey

2018-19 Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Book Award Nominee, 4th-5th Grade Fiction

2018 Connecticut Book Award Finalist

2019-2020 Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee
2019 Spirit of Texas Middle School List

2019-2020 Triple Crown Award Nominee

It's 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the mostexciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on the moon. Ten-year-oldMamie's class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. All the girls write to Neil Armstrong ("So cute!") and all the boyswrite to Buzz Aldrin ("So cool!"). Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else'sdream of walking on the moon, because he is the one who must stay out in space with the ship.
After school ends, Mamie keeps writing toMichael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what's going on with her family as, one by one, they leave the house thinking thatsomeone else is taking care of her--until she is all alone except forher cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launchnears, Mamie can't help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore?

With I Love You, Michael Collins, Lauren Baratz-Logsted has created a heartwarming story about family and being true to yourself.

A Margaret Ferguson Book



"I Love You, Michael Collins" is in stores and online now!

Wonderfully funny with a fine sense of absurd and a flair for comic characterization.

A Kirkus Starred Review



There are so many quotable moments in (Baratz-Logsted)'s books that I could spend page after page quoting them.




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