July 12, 2011
Picture Books about Space (Young Children)
Astronauts are Sleeping by Natalie Standiford
While spinning through space, three astronauts dream of life on earth.
Stella to Earth by Simon Puttock
Before Stella’s father comes in to tell her a bedtime story, Stella takes a little trip in a spaceship.
Hare and Tortoise Race to the Moon by Oliver J. Corwin
Best friends Tortoise and Hare compete to see who will be first to reach the moon.
Harry and Horsie by Katie Van Camp
Harry sneaks out of bed one night with his best friend, Horsie. Bubbles fill Harry’s room and begin carrying items into space. Can Harry find Horsie?
I’ll Catch the Moon by Nina Crews
A child imagines going into outer space, catching the moon, and taking it on an around-the-world adventure.
Joey and Jet in Space by James Yang
When Jet runs away, he could be anywhere, maybe even outer space.
Moon Ball by Jane Yolen
Danny always strikes out, but in a dream he plays baseball with the moon and stars and finds it an eminently satisfying experience.
Space Boy by Leo Landry
Having decided not to go to bed because his home is too noisy, Nicholas flies his spaceship to the Moon, where he enjoys a snack, takes a moonwalk, and enjoys the quiet–until he realizes what he is missing at home.
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Stranded on the moon after his extraordinary airplane takes him into outer space, a boy meets a marooned young Martian with a broken spacecraft, and the two new friends work together to return to their respective homes.
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m off to the Moon by Dan Yaccarino
A boy gets in a spaceship and takes a dangerous but exciting trip to the moon.
Easy Reads about Space (Early Grade School)
Doodle Dog in Space by Eric Seltzer
Doodle Dog, a talented artist, comes to the rescue of his less artistic friends.
Let Me Off This Spaceship! by Gery Greer
When Tod and Billy are kidnapped by creatures from outer space, they try to make as much trouble as they can on board ship so that the spaceship captain will take them back to Earth.
Space Cat by Doug Cushman
When Space Cat and Earl the robot encounter trouble with their space ship, they crash-land on an alien planet to search for more fuel.
Space Guys! by Martha Weston
A boy is visited by beings that look like robots that arrive in a flying saucer from outer space.
Jed and the Space Bandits by Jean Marzollo
Jed’s Junior Space Patrol helps Molly, a girl who can turn invisible, to rescue her parents from bandits.
Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston
Possum and Alien become friends and find that they have both similarities and differences.
Astronaut Piggy Wiggy by Christyan Fox
A little pig imagines what it would be like to be a daring astronaut.
Chapter Books about Space (Grade 5 & up)
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Super-sized, eleven-year-old Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space.
George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt by Lucy Hawking
George is heartbroken when his neighbor Annie and her space-scientist father move to Florida, but when Annie sends him a secret message telling him she has been contacted by aliens with a terrible warning, he joins her in a galaxy-wide search for answers. Includes scientific essays on space travel.
One Small Step by Philip Kerr
In 1969 Houston, Texas, thirteen-year-old Scott learns to fly from his father, an Air Force flight instructor, but when NASA needs him for a secret space mission, Scott’s elation is tempered by concern that his mother, who has moved to Florida, will find out.
Chilling with the Great Ones by Dan Greenburg
When siblings Klatu, Lek, and Ploo from the planet Loogl return to the mysterious Area 51 to recover their wrecked spaceship, they meet the Great Ones–four legendary Looglings who crashed in Roswell fifty years earlier. Klatu, Lek, and Ploo head back to Groom Lake to fix their busted spaceship. But the spaceship is gone–it’s been taken to Area 51. There’s nothing for the aliens to do other than sneak in and search for it. Instead they find something they weren’t looking for–the Great Ones! The mythic missing Looglians Org, Murkel, Shemp, and Kurth crashed at Roswell New Mexico in 1947, and have been in the deep freeze ever since. Can our three wacky alien kids rescue them?
I Left My Sneakers in Dimension X by Bruce Coville
Rod and his bratty cousin Elspeth are snatched into another dimension by the monstrous alien Smorkus Flinders.
The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or “Smekday” Eve since the Boov Invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.
The War of the Worlds by Chris Sasaki
An abridged version of H. G. Wells’ classic science fiction tale in which, as life on Mars becomes impossible, Martians and their terrifying machines invade the Earth.
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