There is hardly anyone who is not fascinated by space and the mysteries it holds. Children often role-play astronauts and are very excited about space. They are always zooming in rockets or fighting aliens! This International Space Day (July 20), we present a few awesome space-themed books to fuel the intergalactic interests of children!
Out-of-the-world Books about Space
by Steve Martin and Jennifer Farley
For ages 4-10
What’s it really like to be an astronaut on a mission to Mars? Well, kids will not only find out but can also train for their own missions in this exciting activity book. Once enrolled at the academy, they face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks astronauts may have to perform in space. Specific activities include hand-eye coordination exercises, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket, basic first-aid skills, how to deal with weightlessness, and doing fiddly things while wearing big gloves! A jam-packed Space Goodies section includes stickers, a poster, board game, press-outs, and a model space shuttle. Informative, interactive, and fun, this book will appeal to all aspiring astronauts!
By Margaret A. Weitekamp, with David DeVorkin, Illustrated by Diane Kidd
For ages 6 +
A beautiful book explaining the planets and why Pluto is no longer part of them.
by Tom Jackson and Mattia Cerato (Illustrator)
For ages 9-11
Have you ever looked up at the darkness and the stars at night? You are looking into space! There is a whole weird and wonderful universe out there, full of strange planets, super-hot stars, amazing moons and curious explorers. Stand by for lift off! Take a trip into space and learn the facts. Complete activities, puzzles, mazes, experiments and more on your exciting journey.
by Tish Rabe (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)
For ages 3+
Au revoir, Pluto! In this beloved revised classic, beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched on a wild trip to visit the eight planets in our solar system (per the International Astronomical Union’s 2006 decision to downgrade Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet), along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, Dick, and Sally. It’s a reading adventure that’s out of this world!
By: David A. Aguilar (Author)
For Ages: 10+
Travel the near and far reaches of the solar system in this lively, beautifully illustrated Smithsonian nonfiction book!
Ready for a wondrous celestial journey? How about a trip to our close neighbor Mars, home to the largest volcano in the solar system? Or to Europa, a watery lunar world with a really deep ocean? Or beyond the beyond to mysterious Planet 9, an unseen giant lurking in the far outer regions of space?
This extraordinary book puts you right there: breaking through colorful gaseous hazes; exploring the surface of red-hot or ice-cold planets; hurtling through rings of flying, frozen ice chunks; and rocketing on out to deep space. Astronomer David Aguilar is our navigator on these seven wonderful trips through our solar system—journeys that someday may actually happen!
By Seth Fishman, Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg
For ages 4-8
Did you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything? The playful illustrations from New York Times–bestselling artist Isabel Greenberg and the friendly, straightforward voice of author Seth Fishman illuminate some of the biggest numbers in the universe—a hundred billion trillion stars—and the smallest—one unique and special YOU. Here is a book for story time, for science time, for math time, for bedtime, and all the times in between. Perfect for curious children, classrooms eager for STEM content, and readers who have devoured Ada Twist, Scientist and How Much Is a Million?
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By Seth Fishman, Illustrated by Isabel Greenberg
For ages: 4-8
Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears – darkness. But when Chris watches the first moon landing on TV, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he’s used to. It’s the darkest dark ever, and he realizes that the unknown can be . . . exciting! The Darkest Dark is the debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield, international bestselling author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth and You Are Here, with spectacular illustrations by illustration team The Fan Brothers. Inspired by Chris’s decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age nine, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams.
by Jon Agee
For ages: 4-8
A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars. But as he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes—only to discover that someone has eaten them all! Readers will love being in on the secret: Unbeknownst to the explorer, a Martian has been wandering through the illustrations the whole time—and he got himself a delicious snack along the way.
High above our planet in outer space, astronauts live and work aboard the International Space Station. Readers will join Tim and Lucy, whose cousin Marie is getting ready to blast off into space. They will find out how people travel to and from the space station, what life is like for astronauts in space, why space exploration is important and much more.
by David Aguilar (Author), National Geographic Kids (Author)
For ages 8-10
It began with 9. and then it became 8 when Pluto left. Then after a lot of debating, Pluto returned along with Ceres and Eris, raising the count to 11. The planets of our Solar System invoke a sense of wonder and mystery. 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System is here to explain more about planets and space. This book is precise and up to date and designed to hold the interest of young readers.It uses simple text and along with high-end, photorealistic images, which is aimed to leave its readers spell bound. The back of the book contains fun activities for the readers. Contains ample information about the Sun, the 8 planets along with the 5 dwarf planets and the Oort Cloud and other notable comets.