These space books for kids are sure to blast you into another world, one full of wonder and discovery. Whether you are looking for books full of facts, visuals, and/or fun fictional space stories, we’ve got you covered! 3… 2… 1… Blastoff!
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Space Books for Kids
Space is such an interesting topic for young children. It seems wildly unfamiliar yet little ones have many wonders about the night sky, stars, moon, and the brilliant sun. Teaching a space theme through high-quality literature is a great way to build vocabulary, teach interesting facts about the solar system, and invite children to ask questions and participate in conversation. And don’t forget to include fun space songs!
Solar System Books for Kids
Your littlest space seekers will love this fact-filled book about the solar system. With bright and vibrant photos of the solar system and fun space facts, your kids will be mesmerized as they learn! Learn fascinating facts about what makes each of the eight planets so special. Don’t forget to check out some of the zany and wild facts throughout the book!
Hello World! Solar System by Jill McDonald
This toddler-friendly book is a perfect and adorable introduction to the world of space. Your littlest ones will learn about colors as well as planet names and one simple and interesting fact about each planet. With bright and colorful illustrations, this book will be read over and over!
8 Little Planets: A Solar System Book for Kids by Chris Ferrie
Adorable rhyming text and a catchy story, this planet book is designed for little hands that are interested in learning all about each planet. Travel around the solar system, one planet at a time, and enjoy a party with the planets!
The Pop-Up Guide: Space by Sophie Dussaussois
What’s out there in space? Children will love finding the answers to all sorts of questions about astronauts and space travel. The oversized pop-ups on every page make this book even more exciting along with labeled illustrations to guide young readers.
Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney
A great introduction to space, this adorable book shares information about space and the solar system through child-like artwork that is simple and endearing. In simple text and terms, young children can learn about their place in space and all that lies beyond the stars.
Space Picture Books for Kids
Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton
Rockets are mega cool! Invite your young readers into the world of rockets and all the power within. The rhyming verses will have your children tapping along and begging you to read it again! With charming animal characters that soar into space, this rocket-themed book is such a blast!
On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl
It’s time for the shuttle to blast off! Follow from 12 down to 1 as the rocket gets ready for takeoff. The illustrator cleverly hides each number on each page to invite little eyes to find before the rocket takes off into space. It’s a perfect space counting book for preschoolers!
If I Were an Astronaut by Eric Mark Braun
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut in space? This astronaut book shares all the details, perfect for preschoolers and beyond. How do they sleep? What do they eat? And what do they do up there in space? Check out an astronaut reading this book while in space!
Pete the Cat: Out of this World by James Dean
Join Pete on an adventure as he heads to… Space Camp! Learn firsthand from Pete what it’s like to go in the zero-gravity chamber, ride in space rovers, and learn from real astronauts! Watch with joy as Pete makes it into space but has to get back to the spaceship before it’s too late!
There Was a Black Hole that Swallowed the Universe by Chris Ferrie
Chant along with the familiar rhythm as this out-of-control black hole swallows everything from the largest to the tiniest piece of matter. A zany and colorful take on space travel and all the things that exist beyond the planet we live on.
Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed
This book was inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. In this simply beautiful story, a young girl’s dream of becoming an astronaut and traveling through space comes true due to the love and encouragement of her family. When we believe that we can succeed, wondrous things can happen.
There Was An Old Astronaut Who Swallowed the Moon! by Lucille Colandro
The infamous old lady is at it again! The unstoppable old lady turns into an old astronaut who travels through space, swallowing everything she comes across, including a moon, a comet, and a rocket. More than just silly rhymes, this book provides facts and information in such a fun way!
Space Lesson Plans and Activities
We’ve got a ton of space activities that are perfect to pair with these space books for kids! Click on the images below for instructions how to make a galaxy sensory bottle or a night sky sensory bin.
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