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10 Great Books About Space For Kids

Get them dreaming about being astronauts again!

Space, the final frontier, the frontier to adventure that still holds our collective imagination as adults to this day. We just don’t know what’s out there! It’s so exciting to speculate about it! If you think that’s funny for you, for a kid it would be thousand-fold funnier.

The natural sense of wonder and adventure of kids is always wildly stimulated by their imagination working out what just might be out there and how they could be the one who finds out. Put the kids to dream about the stars again with these books about space.

#1 Luciana American Girl Box Set by Erin Teagan

Luciana American Girl Box Set by Erin Teagan
Luciana is an aspiring astronaut who attends space camp to try to prove to everyone (including herself) that she can reach her dreams. It’s a great book for young girls who are interested in space of who have big dreams themselves.

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#2 Sophie and the Airplane by Kristi Grigsby

Sophie and the Airplane by Kristi Grigsby
Sophie’s a dreamer who loves airplanes and doesn’t take no for an answer. Her adorable spunk takes young girls on a journey to discover the exciting world of aerospace!

Sophie and the Airplane is part of the STEM Girls Books series, a picture book series designed to introduce little girls (ages 3-8) to the big possibilities of science, technology, engineering and math.

Each story shows how a child’s curiosity and natural interests can lead to exciting career possibilities. At the end of each story, readers meet a role model – a professional woman succeeding in the STEM fields – who shares words of encouragement and more insight into her career.

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#3 Abbi’s American Adventures by Rachael Peters

Abbi's American Adventures by Rachael Peters
Join Abbi, her mom, and Miss Paling’s class as they take a space-filled adventure full of rockets, moon rocks, astronauts, and a special stop at Mission Control. It’s a big day at NASA–it’s launch day! But there is a mix-up in Mission Control, and Abbi is faced with a dilemma. The launch rests in Abbi’s paws…but will she make the right decision in time?

This book is a fun intro into learning about space and NASA – it has scientific terms, NASA space terms, and constellations – along with a fun plot that the kids really enjoy!

Little readers will learn:

  • All about an introduction to NASA
  • The lessons of honesty and making good choices

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#4 The Race to Space: From Sputnik to the Moon Landing and Beyond

The Race to Space: From Sputnik to the Moon Landing and Beyond
You know that man has walked on the Moon, but do you know the story of how he got there? With the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on 20th July 2019, this book celebrates the Space Race rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union.

Readers will learn about the neck-and-neck race between the two superpowers, through an illustrated story of the rivalry that gripped the world. From Russia’s first satellite, Sputnik, to Neil Armstrong planting a US a flag on the moon, discover the events that unfolded through amazing nostalgic illustrations and engaging text.

Explore, too, how these two space agencies now work together, and how the monumental achievements of the space race have created world-changing technology that we all use and benefit from today.

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#5 When We Walked on the Moon

When We Walked on the Moon
This book tells the story of the Apollo Missions, when incredible intelligence, engineering and bravery allowed humans to stand on the surface of something other than Earth for the very first time. From the 1969 first moon landing to the amazing rescue of Apollo 13, each chapter tells the story of a different mission.

Humorous details bring the astronauts to life: discover how the astronauts of Apollo 12 were so over-excited when they stepped onto the Moon that Mission Control had to tell them to quieten down, and Shepard (Apollo 14) somehow managed to smuggle a golf club onto his spacecraft! Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this is the perfect title for any child who has ever looked up at the moon and wondered what it might be like to go there.

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#6 Space in 30 Seconds: 30 Super-Stellar Subjects For Cosmic Kids Explained in Half a Minute

Space in 30 Seconds: 30 Super-Stellar Subjects For Cosmic Kids Explained in Half a Minute
Perfect for inquisitive cosmic kids aged 8-12, this succinct, entertaining look at what really happens in space takes a rapid-fire approach, offering 30 key topics, each one explained in neat 30-second soundbites and supported by 3-second flash summaries and cool, cartoon-style artwork. 3-minute active missions throughout will challenge lively young minds to test facts or go further and find out more.

The attention-grabbing format is perfect for space. Topics range from the Big Bang theory and ways in which scientists think the universe might end, to what we know about distant planets and galaxies. Mind-boggling ideas about worm holes, dark matter and aliens will test the limits of even the most creative imagination.

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#7 Max Goes to the Moon by Jeffrey Bennett

Max Goes to the Moon by Jeffrey Bennett
Max the Dog and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era, and their trip proves so inspiring to people back on Earth that all the nations of the world come together to build a great Moon colony.

From the colony, the views of Earth make everyone realize how small and precious planet Earth is. Along the way, the story sets the stage for more sophisticated science, featured in the 19 “Big Kid Box” sidebars that have been fully updated in this new edition, which cover topics including “Phases of the Moon,” “Wings in Space?,” and “Frisbees and Curve Balls on the Moon”—all thoughtfully explained so that grown-ups and children can learn together about science. Behind-the-scenes science lessons with activities round out this entertaining and educational picture book, the new edition of which is designed to accompany the new Max Goes to the Moon planetarium show, in planetariums around the world.

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#8 Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett

Max Goes to Mars by Jeffrey Bennett
Come with Max as he takes off on his next exciting science adventure, this time joining astronauts on the first human mission to Mars. Equipped with a specially designed spacesuit, Max sniffs for signs of microscopic life. Will he find any?

Read the exciting story to find out, and to learn how his trip to Mars helps his young friend Tori reflect on the beauty and fragility of our own planet Earth. Max Goes to Mars is more than just a fun story. Educationally designed “Big Kid Boxes” along the sides of the pages help children and parents learn about Mars as the adventure unfolds. This second edition is fully updated to incorporate the latest scientific discoveries about Mars.

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#9 Max Goes to the Space Station by Jeffrey Bennett

Max Goes to the Space Station by Jeffrey Bennett
The long-awaited prequel to the other books in the Science Adventures with Max the Dog series, this installment follows Max on his trip to the International Space Station where he shares in the adventures of astronaut life and helps save everyone from a potential disaster along the way. The book teaches children to see themselves and the planet in a new light and encourages readers to discover how they can help make the world a better place.

Accompanying the story of how Max saves the day are numerous “Big Kid Box” sidebars that offer science facts and other pieces of fascinating information. Grown-ups and kids learn about science together with this fun and educational picture book.

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#10 Max Goes to Jupiter by Jeffrey Bennett

Max Goes to Jupiter by Jeffrey Bennett
Scientifically-accurate illustrations and information-packed sidebars enrich this fascinating tale, the third in this acclaimed series about diversity and space exploration. Set in the future, Max the Dog’s friend Tori is all grown up and is the chief scientist of the Jupiter Mission.

In order to reach their spacecraft, Max and his crew must take an amazing ride on a new device called the Space Elevator. Once they’ve probed the planet’s atmosphere, Max and friends begin exploring two of Jupiter’s moons—the volcanically active moon Io and the ice-encrusted moon Europa. On Europa, Max once again saves the day by locating a weak spot in the ice to launch a submarine and explore the ocean below.

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Contributors to this article
Brenda Kosciuk from Paper Heart Family

Kristi Grigsby from STEM Girls Books

Megan Poling from Lucid Books

Hannah Moushabeck from The Quarto Group

Leslie Barrett from PR by the Book

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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