20 Best Preschool Books About Outer Space Update 05/2022

Preschool Books About Outer Space

It’s almost impossible not to be awestruck by the vastness of the universe. From astronaut chickens to the final word on Pluto, here are 27 children’s books about space to celebrate National Astronomy Day (September 30) and pique the interest of kids in elementary and middle school who are interested in space.

A Moon Of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi

A Moon Of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi

This book is for a child who’s been around the world. The shadow of a sweet and spunky girl travels around the world in clever illustrations that show the moon at different stages from the Eiffel Tower to the Amazon Rainforest. Preschool to Grade 3.

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara

They are sent out into space by their mother to find their own homes in a story about the Three Little Pigs. If she lets them go, though, she tells them to be careful of the comet-chomping, black hole-ripping, Big Bad Robot. Preschool-Grade 3.

Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci

Zelda wants to be the first chicken to go into space, and she’s going to do her best. Traditional versions of The Little Red Hen say that she doesn’t get a lot of help from her chicken friends when she’s making food. It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t want to give up on her dream. Preschool-Grade 3

Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roeser

There are many things that go wrong when a bad satellite intrudes on Astro the Astroid’s “personal outer space” and knock him out of space. Preschool-Grade 3.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Hadfield’s memoir is filled with quiet emotion as he talks about watching the broadcast of the Apollo 11 Moon landing as a child. It is very interesting. Chris was changed by the historic event. It gave him the courage to follow his dream of becoming an explorer of the “Darkest Dark.” Preschool-Grade 3 is the best.

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

Margaret and the Moon How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins

Sometimes, heroes wear pencil skirts and glasses that are too big. This biography will make everyone want to be a computer programmer for NASA to be a star. Preschool to Grade 3.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes

As a National Geographic Kids book, this collection of facts about the moon, planets, and dwarf planets has big pictures and interactive nonfiction text features. It encourages young space fans to pore over its pages. Preschool to Grade 3.

Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly

astronaut Mark Kelly came up with the idea for this story about a brave little mouse who saves a space mission after he flew with 18 research mice on a trip. After reading the story, some people may want to learn more about animal astronauts. Best for: Kindergarten-Grade 2.

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

“Welcome to Astronaut School!” This guide talks about everything that leads to Blast Off, from how to be a good team player to how to train on the Vomit Comet. This is best for kids in kindergarten through grade 3.

Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space by Amy E. Sklansky

A trip into the wide-open space of the universe is the perfect source of poetry. Sidebar explanations help you understand each part of the trip. Grades K-4 are the best for this.

Meteor! by Patricia Polacco

Meteor by Patricia Polacco

During a summer trip to her grandparents’ farm, a meteor hit the meadow and shook up small-town life. This is the author’s first book for kids that was published. Best for: Kindergarten-Grade 5.

Next Time You See the Moon by Emily Morgan

This National Science Teachers Association book is written by a former teacher who wants to show kids that the things they see every day or night can be amazing. It explains why the moon changes shape in a way that makes kids want to go outside and look. Bonus: The NSTA has resources for teachers. The best for kindergarten to grade 5 is this book.

You Are the First Kid on Mars by Patrick O’Brien

If you were ever to go to Mars, how would you get there? When you finally arrived on “the red planet,” what would you wear to keep warm? Finally, what else could ever compare to being the first kid on Mars? Best for: Kindergarten-Grade 5.

If You Were a Kid Docking at the International Space Station by Josh Gregory

Lucy and Tim pay attention to their cousin Marie’s every word as she talks about her training for a trip to the International Space Station. A video chat with Marie on the ISS makes her siblings dream of working in space. Grades 1-4 are the best.

Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin

Among Buzz Aldrin’s most well-known steps were those he took on the moon as everyone around the world watched. He had to get there. From collecting rocks to going to West Point, he tells his story with beautiful paintings by Wendell Minor. Grades 1-5 are the best.

Once Upon a Starry Night by Jacqueline Mitton

Once Upon a Starry Night by Jacqueline Mitton

Illustrations that put foil stars on top of paintings of famous people like Andromeda and Orion make the stars come to life. Let’s face it, they can look like just a bunch of stars. This collection of constellations is brought to life by short but vivid stories. Grades 1-5 are the best.

A Full Moon is Rising by Marilyn Singer

In what ways do people around the world enjoy and honor the full moon? Find out from this collection of poems and the background information that comes with them. Grades 2-5 are the best.

How Do You Burp In Space?: And Other Tips Every Space Tourist Needs to Know by Susan E. Goodman

Learn how to use your two pounds of luggage if you were to go on a celestial vacation one day. Find out why you might not want to bring a can of soda with you. Even though this manual has a lot of problems, it makes space travel sound even better than going to Disney World. Grades 3 through 6.

I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

10-year-old Mamie has to write to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin for a school assignment, but instead of writing to them, she chooses to write to Michael Collins, the Apollo 11 astronaut who was in charge of staying on the ship. Her letter writing becomes important to her when no one else in her life stays. 3-7th graders

Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

Dash, 12, is one of the first kids to live on the moon. When a scientist dies, Dash’s life on Moon Base Alpha takes an interesting turn in this first installment of a new series called Moon Base Alpha: A Space Odyssey. 3-7th graders

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