Space Books

Blast off with books! Each one of the books on our list takes children on a journey to see what exists beyond our planet. You can explore the stars, galaxies, planets, and the wonder of space. Get ready to spark curiosity and ignite the imagination of your children

Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer Laura Gehl

is the inspiring story of Nancy Grace Roman who lead the NASA team that built the Hubble Space Telescope. This book has bright and enjoyable illustrations which my kids loved.

Solar System Anne Jankeliowitch

is full of fun facts about the solar system. It also has a glow in the dark poster that my boys love! A great book for older preschoolers and elementary school kids.

Look Inside Space Rob Lloyd Jones

is a USborne, lift a flap book. As most USborne books, it is fun, interactive, and perfect for preschoolers.

You are the First Kid on Mars Patrick O'Brien

is the story of the first child to go to Mars, and details how we could go there. The art in this book is very modern and so is the story. This book is meant for older children however, children as young as 4 can enjoy it if they are space fans.

Planetarium: Welcome to the Museum Raman Prinja

We have all the books in this collection and love them. The drawings are stunning and it is full of information. Great for all ages, including adults! It is not a book you can read all in one sitting but you can read parts and use it to answer any questions that come up.

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Oliver Jeffers

carries a beautiful message about caring for our planet and its animals and has beautiful illustrations. It is told as if from an adult to a baby but could be told to any child.

The Magic School Bus Lost In The Solar System Joanna Cole

My 7 year old can't get enough of the Magic School Bus books! They are always full of info and fun for kids! This book is geared towards elementary children, however, I like to read bits of it to my preschooler.

What We See In The Stars: An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky Kelsey Oseid

is a beautiful monochrome book about the stars, space and the constellations.

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 Brian Floca

We love Brian Floca! This is a thick book and sometimes my husband likes to read it like a chapter book. Although it is the story of the first moon landing it is told like poetry.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly

is another non-fiction book to read to all children about four African American female mathematicians at NASA. It is a good read for young children and is a great book to start important conversations with older children.

Hello, World! Solar System Jill McDonald

is a fantastic introduction to the Solar System for toddlers!.

The Skies Above My Eyes Charlotte Guillain

This non-fiction book encourages children to look up and see what’s going on above their eyes. Go from the window washers to the airplane to space rockets and beyond. You’ll head up, thousands of miles beyond Earth, and then you’ll start your journey back down again. This book contains an incredible amount of detail, and the pages all fold out into one long page that’s over eight feet long! It’s a great way for little ones to visualize just how expansive space is. Preschool kids will enjoy the illustrations and general concepts of the book. Elementary-aged kids will be able to dig into the text.

Good Night Galaxy Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper

This board book is a great way to introduce toddlers and preschoolers to the wonders of space. They’ll see the moon, the sun, the solar system, black holes, and constellations as the book explores the Milky Way Galaxy. Simple language makes this a quick read for parents and their little ones.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space Catherine Hughes

This comprehensive book will launch your child into space with five chapters of easy-to-read text. They will learn about the basics of astronomy and explore a few more advanced topics that may be new to them. Realistic illustrations and photographs fill the pages to take children on a visual journey, as well. Elementary children will be able to read this book on their own. Younger children will enjoy paging through the book with an adult or look at the stunning photos on their own!

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space Dr. Dominic Walliman

Professor Astro Cat and his assistant, Astro Mouse, are your guides for this jam-packed journey through space. The author uses humor to keep the scientific details approachable and engaging for young kids. In fact, there are so many facts and details that kids will want to go back to the book over and over again. The retro-theme of the artwork is a hit with both parents and kids. Recommended for kids over 6.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me Eric Carle

From beloved author Eric Carle, this book is the story of a father wanting to fulfill his little girl’s dreams. Monica desperately wants to play with the moon, but her father can’t bring the full moon down until it gets smaller. The book loosely presents the phases of the moon alongside the signature illustrations of Eric Carle. It’s available in a board book and in a Spanish edition, too. Preschoolers and kindergarteners will enjoy Monica’s playful imagination and her father’s journey to the moon.

Stars Mary Lyn Ray

This book will take your child on the whimsical journey of stars—stars in the night sky, stars in your pocket, stars as snowflakes and pumpkin blossoms and dandelions. A quiet message of shining in the darkness is woven throughout the story. The illustrations are delicate and sweetly capture the feeling of wonder in this book. It’s a quiet and gentle book, perfect bedtime reading for preschool and early elementary children.

Margaret and the Moon Dean Robbins

This book tells the true story of Margaret Hamilton, a female space pioneer. Margaret always loved math and space. In the 1960s, she became a software engineer for NASA—one of the few women of her time to work in the field. As part of her job, she wrote a computer code that was instrumental in the Apollo 11 mission. This book shows the incredible determination and problem-solving skills that made Hamilton so successful. It’s a great choice for both boys and girls in elementary school.

Zoo in the Sky Jacqueline Mitton

The creatures represented in the night sky’s constellations come alive in this book. Metallic stars are placed on top of bold and bright paintings of the animals. Popular constellations are included alongside a few that are lesser known. Star maps and a more in-depth discussion of astronomy are included, too. With simple language and basic facts, this book is ideal for preschoolers and children in early elementary.

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