Space booklist

Here are some of the best space-themed books on the planet, which will add a whole lot of rocket fuel to your child’s reading list.

Baby to 3

What is the Moon? What is the Moon?
By Katie Daynes

What shape is the Moon? Has anyone been to the Moon? What's the Moon made of? Curious little ones can blast off into the night sky to take a closer look in this fascinating book, with flaps to lift, simple explanations and gorgeous illustrations on every page.

Zoom to the Moon! Zoom to the Moon!
By Pat-a-Cake

Zoom to the Moon introduces big ideas to little ones! This first book about space will delight young babies. With shiny foil to focus on and bright colour to capture and keep their attention, this book will be revisited time and time again - and also be interesting to older toddlers.

8 Little Planets 8 Little Planets
By Chris Ferrie

Travel around the solar system and celebrate what makes each planet unique! From Neptune to Mercury and all the planets in between, each one is different and each one is happy to be what they are.

Age 3 to 5

How to Be on the Moon How to Be on the Moon
By Vivian Schwarz

Anna and Crocodile are going on another intrepid adventure – this time, to the moon! But flying to space isn’t easy and there’s no simple matter of building a rocket. But when Anna and Crocodile set their sights on something, nothing can stand in their way. This is a story that celebrates curiosity and imagination.

Peppa Pig: Peppa in Space Peppa Pig: Peppa in Space

It's space day at playgroup and Peppa, George and their friends are learning all about the moon!The children are so excited when Madame Gazelle takes them to the space museum to learn how to be real astronauts- Peppa loves jumping up and down on the moon!

Look Up! Look Up!
By Nathan Bryon

Rocket wants to be the greatest astronaut and the first African-American woman in space. Her older brother Jamal prefers to be looking down at his phone most of the time and not up at the stars. And when Jamal gets too into his gaming to take Rocket to the park to watch the meteor shower, what will she do? Fortunately a knock at the door provides a joyous solution...

Age 5 to 7

Balloon to the Moon Balloon to the Moon
by Gill Arbuthnott (Author), Chris Nielsen (Illustrator)

Long before anyone had designed a rocket, the Montgolfier brothers were making hot air balloons. In October 1783, they became the first people to experience controlled flight, which is where this story starts…

Where's Wally? In Outer Space: Activity Book Where's Wally? In Outer Space: Activity Book
By Martin Handford

This book provides lots of out of this world activities including tangle line teasers, a space race maze, spot the differences in busy picture puzzles, colouring in and a planet hop game. There are also over 100 crazy cosmic stickers!

There’s an Alien in Your Book There’s an Alien in Your Book
By Tom Fletcher

This interactive book encourages you to jiggle, bounce and turn your book upside down to find the alien in your book! With a gentle message about openness, acceptance and inclusion, this book will speak to the very youngest readers.

The Monster from the Blue Planet The Monster from the Blue Planet
By Cornelia Funke

Zaleb is fascinated by the solar system and when she gets her very own spaceship for her birthday, she decides to go on an adventure! She's always loved the tales about the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there, so she decides to catch one to be her pet. But Izzy isn't about to be anybody's pet...! Can the two become friends?

Age 7 to 11

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond
Martin Jenkins and Stephen Biesty

This accessible and wide-ranging book covers early astronomy, the history of flight, the Space Race and the day-to-day of astronauts in the International Space Station. You can even find out whether there really is a possibility of extraterrestrial life and consider where future missions might take us.

You Choose in Space You Choose in Space
By Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

The possibilities are infinite in this creative toolkit which will inspire children to make their own stories time and again. Which alien would you most like to be friends with? And what fantastically freaky food will you decide to munch for lunch?

The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong The Extraordinary Life of Neil Armstrong

On 20 July 1969 Neil Armstrong made history, his 'giant leap for mankind'. From his childhood playing with model planes to becoming one of the most famous astronauts of all time, discover the incredible story of his life in this beautifully illustrated book.

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