Space Books for Kids

Almost Astronauts

Tanya Lee Stone
J 629.45 Sto

What does it take to be an astronaut? Excellence at flying, courage, intelligence, resistance to stress, top physical shape, any checklist would include these. But when America created NASA in 1958, there was another unspoken rule: you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government.

Archie Takes Flight

Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer
J Mass

On "Take Your Kid to Work Day," eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.

Cakes in Space

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
J Reeve

When ten-year-old Astra and her family move to a new planet, she must save the spaceship and its crew from man-eating cakes, aliens, and more.

Clara and Clem in Outer Space

Ethan Long
J-ER Lon

When Clara and Clem build a robot out of blocks, they have no idea where the robot (and their imagination) will take them. But soon enough, they are in outer space.

Cleopatra in Space. 1, Target Practice

Mike Maihack
J-GN Cleopatra In Space v. 1
Series: Cleopatra in Space

When a young Cleopatra finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian.

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings

Douglas Florian
J 811.54 Flo

Moving from universe to galaxy to sun, planets to constellations and "the great beyond," Florian sums up the heavens in twenty snappy rhymes. Variants of flame-orange and blues predominate in the full-spread paintings, which incorporate collage-like accents. With its gorgeous palette, sweeping vistas, and ingenious effects (including occasional die-cut holes), this is an expansive and illuminating view of the subject.


Frank Cottrell Boyce
J Cottrel

Twelve-year-old Liam, tall for his age, is often mistaken for an adult, a fact that he uses when he finds himself in a group of children on the first manned spacecraft since Apollo 17. When things go wrong, some quick thinking by the kids averts a disaster. Likable characters, gentle humor, and the far-fetched adventure will hold readers' attention.

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

Martin Jenkins, Stephen Biesty
J 629.4 Jen

Jenkins (Fabulous Frogs) and Biesty offer a detailed and meticulously illustrated history of space exploration. After a quick overview of the solar system, Jenkins discusses astronomical history and the advances that led the Voyager and Apollo missions, as well as the development of the International Space Station. Biesty's delicately drafted cross-sections and cutaways let readers peer inside space vessels, the Kennedy Space Center, and other vehicles and dwellings, including a theoretical Mars colony of partially buried interconnecting pods.

Interstellar Cinderella

Deborah Underwood
Ej Und

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

A Kite for Moon

Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple
Ej Yol

A young boy, seeing that Moon is lonely, sends up a kite to cheer her, then after growing up and learning many things, he becomes the first human to visit her. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong and written in recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. moon landing.

Lowriders in Space

Cathy Camper, Raul Gonzalez
J-GN Lowriders v. 1
Series: Lowriders

Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

Mae Among the Stars

Roda Ahmed
Ej Ahm

When young Mae Jemison is asked by her teacher what she wants to be when she grows up, African American Mae tells her mostly white classmates that she wants to be an astronaut, a dream that her parents wholeheartedly support.


Brian Floca
J 629.454 Flo

Here is the story of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon -- a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away by steady astronauts in their great machines.

Rocket to the Moon!

Don Brown
J-GN 629.454 Bro

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn't just one man who got us to the moon. The Moon Landing explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one persons life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world. The book takes readers through the history of rocket building: from ancient Chinese rockets, to “bombs bursting in air” during the War of 1812, to Russia's Sputnik program, to the moon landing.

Space Boy and His Dog

Dian Curtis Regan
Ej Reg

"Niko may live on boring old Earth with his family, but he's always finding a new adventure. Using the spaceship that he built from a box in his backyard and a little imagination, he flies off into space with his robot Radar and his dog Tag. The only one NOT invited is his sister Posh, who keeps trying to insert herself into Niko's story. In this first mission, Niko and crew (and maybe also pesky Posh) fly to the moon in search of a lost cat."

Space Case: A Moon Base Alpha Novel

Stuart Gibbs
J Gibbs
Series: Moon Base Alpha

Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.

Space Dog

Mini Grey
Ej Gre

Sworn enemies Space Dog, Astrocat, and Mousetronaut team up to save the Spooniverse.

Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson
J-GN Thompso Space Dumplins

For Violet Marlocke, family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. So when her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can't just sit around and do nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him. But space is big and dangerous, and she soon discovers that her dad has been swallowed by a giant, planet-eating whale. With her father's life on the line, nothing is going to stop Violet from trying to rescue him and keep her family together.

Space Entrepreneurs

James Bow
J 629.4 Bow

Humans are pushing farther into space with the ingenious and ambitious innovations of space entrepreneurs. This engaging title describes the new ways entrepreneurs are using science and technology to take us beyond Earth from satellite technology and imaging to new rockets and other ventures in space exploration. Detailed case studies of successful entrepreneurs and a hands-on project help readers understand the principles of entrepreneurship.

Space: Visual Encyclopedia

Carole Stott
- consultant
J 520.3 Spa

Provides an exploration of space from the nearest planets of the solar system to far-off galaxies and examines the tools and techniques of space flight.

Too Much Space!

Jonathan Roth
J Roth
Series: Beep and Bob

After being humiliated while on a field trip to Pluto, Bob, with the help of his alien friend Beep, tries to change his personality and overcome his fears (heights, darkness, space, and spiders) before the next field trip to a black hole. Includes facts about Pluto.

Voyagers. 1, Project Alpha

D.J. MacHale
J Voyager Mac
Series: Voyagers

Eight boys and girls compete for a spot on the space voyage that will search for a source to solve Earth's energy crisis.