Among all planets in the solar system, Earth is the only one to have life. This is because the conditions on planet Earth are most feasible. It contains usable water and breathable air, making it very special. Teaching your kids about space and the planets in the solar system will allow them to learn about how different their planet is. Furthermore, they will understand how important the ecosystem is and thus will be more willing to conserve the resources on it. In this article, we have listed 12 books about space, for your kids to learn from.
Interesting Books About Space
Author: Michelle Robinson
For Ages: 4 and above
This book is about two little boys who are crazy about space. Taking inspiration from Tim Peake and his sons, this book is great for little ones who are interested in an adventure. The book talks about interesting things like rockets, launch pads etc.
Man on the Moon
Author: Anastasia Suen
For Ages: 3 and above
This picture book by Anastasia Suen tells the story of the first moon landing in 1969. It beautifully portrays the spectacular vent that shaped history. The book is sure to inspire your little one to be an explorer in future.
Author: Anushka Kalro
For Ages: 3 years and above
This book tells about Bhoomi or the Earth who plays games with her friend, the moon. It introduces your child to concepts such as star patterns, night and day etc. This book is part of the Look Science series.
First Space Encyclopedia
For Ages: 6 years and above
The space encyclopaedia from DK publishing is packed with facts, photography and quizzes about the universe. It is sure to grab the attention of your kids and encourage them to explore the galaxy and our neighbouring planets, learn about space travels, rockets and observatories.
What’s Out There? A Book about Space
Author: Lynn Wilson
For Ages: 5 years and above
Answering your child’s questions about space can become quite difficult. Fortunately, this book by Lynn Wilson provides the perfect introduction to space for the little astronauts in your home. It teaches them about planets, comets and the stars.
Little Kids First Big Book of Space
Author: Catherine D. Hughes
For Ages: 4 years and above
This wonderful book from National Geographic is an excellent starting point for kids to learn about space. Filled with colourful illustrations and easy to understand text, the book introduces kids to the solar system, dwarf planets, asteroid belts, spaceships and more.
Read It Yourself with Ladybird Astronauts
For Ages: 5 years and above
The book explains what astronauts do in space. Furthermore, it talks about rockets and space stations.
Author: Lucy and Stephen Hawking
For Ages: 8 to 11 years
This book written by Lucy and Stephen Hawking is a great way for kids to learn about the galaxy. The book follows George Greenby, Eric Bellis, Annie Bellis, Susan Bellis, Dr Reeper, and Cosmos. Cosmos, a powerful computer, can draw windows that allow people to look into outer space. Additionally, it can create doors, that act as portals allowing travel into space. The book aims to describe the universe in a manner that is understandable by children and others new to the topic. It begins by describing atoms, the basic building bolk. Following this, the authors talk about planets and their moons as well as starts and black holes. The book has additional pictures and fact files to help children understand the topic better.
The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney
Author: Alice B. McGinty
For Ages: 4 to 6 years
The story talks about a child making history in 1930. It tells the story of an 11-year-old English girl named Pluto. Coupled with the vintage style illustrations by Elizabeth Haidle, reading the books is sure going to be a delightful experience for your little one.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
Author: Oliver Jeffers
For Ages: 3 to 7 years
This is a picture book is a guide about planet Earth for toddlers. The book looks at what makes the planet Earth and how humans and animals live on it. It tackles questions regarding the land, sky, time and people, These notes allow children to figure out some complicated things about their home planet.
Author: Drew Brockington
For Ages: 7 to 10 years
Blast off into space with adorable space travellers, the CatStronauts. The graphic novel series tells the story of four spacefaring cats- Pom Pom, Major Meowser, Waffles and Blanket, as they venture to the moon, Mars and beyond. In the first book titled “Mission Moon”, the felines solve a global energy crisis by building a powerplant on the moon. While in the second, titled “Race to Mars”, they have a race against CosmoCats to the red planet Mars.
There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System
Author: Tish Rabe
For Ages: 4 to 8
This book talks about a wild trip to visit the now eight planets in the solar system. Revised after the International Astronomical Union’s decision to downgrade Pluto to a dwarf planet in 2006, the book allows the little ones to go on a journey along with Sally, Dick, Cat in the Hat, Thing One and Thing Two.
Conclusion on Books About Space
Learning about the solar system, the planet Earth and the moon allows your children to gain a better understanding of the world around them. The kids gain a greater appreciation towards their home planet and learn about why it is so special. This will allow you to teach them how to protect the planet and keep it healthy for several more generations to live in. The above books about space are sure to help in this process.
Following this, you can look at the night sky and point out the stars, the moon and any visible planet to your young ones. Purchase a telescope if your desire or use binoculars to view the sky. Make this a fun night out with your family.