The solar system – the planets, sun, moon, stars, space travel, astronauts all of it, is so fascinating to kids. Some may have a range of questions that you may get difficult for you to answer. Here is this list of some of the best books for kids about space that would help you satisfy their curiosity and illuminate imaginations to infinity and beyond.
Wondering how to explain the solar system to kids?
One way you can teach kids about the solar system is by having them read books on the solar system. Another powerful way to teach kids about the solar system would be to create a Diy Space model. A space theme Diy by cutting different-coloured/textured papers for planets would make teaching the solar system a great visual for them. If you ar
e looking for some kid-friendly books on space, do read the entire post.
Best Books for kids about SPACE
Here I have shared some age-wise out-of-this-world books for kids about space. The list includes books that are well-known internationally and some of them are by top Indian publishers. These books also make wonderful educational gift ideas for kids too. So, keep reading to know how to make learning about the solar system fun and educative.
Internationally favourite books on the Space theme
1. Goodnight Spaceman (Age: 1.5+)
This is one of the best-read books from Michelle Robinson and Nick East’s beloved Goodnight series. We have few more titles from the series including Goodnight Tractor and Good night Digger. All of them were our absolute favourite growing up. The story is about two little boys, who are absolutely crazy about space and are about to go on an adventure. The book is inspired by astronaut Tim Peake and his sons and a great book for little explorers.
2. Roaring Rockets (part of Amazing machines book series) (Age: 2+)
Roaring Rockets is a part of the Amazing Machines series of books which is a well-loved book set for kids interested in vehicles. We initially bought a couple of books on trucks and diggers but later bought the entire set. In case your child is interested in vehicles- land, water or air, I highly recommend these books. You may also read the detailed review of The Amazing Machines Series by Tony Mitton & Ant Parker. There is also a detailed post on ROaring rockets book on my Instagram page here.
Usborne books for kids about Space
3. Usborne lift the flap book- Look Inside SPACE (Age 3+)
Ever wondered that why do stars shine? or how the moon was made? Children can blast-off into space with this interactive flap book by Usborne. The book reveals the secrets of the Universe with its vibrant illustrations, simple explanations with over 70 flaps to lift. This book is a keeper in the child’s library.
4. Usborne lift the flap book- PEEP Inside SPACE (Age 3+)
Another beautifully illustrated Usborne book for kids to discover the planets in our solar system, see astronauts on the International Space Station.
5. Usborne FIRST READING- On the Moon (Age 3+)
Amazon Link of On The Moon. It is a space adventure book specially written for children just beginning to read. It’s a part of Usborne first reading book set. It lets kids glimpse what it would be like to fly into space or walk on the moon or look back at Earth from there. The book also includes fun puzzles after the story. Really a great start for kids interested in the moon.
6. Usborne PHOnics READING- Raccon On the Moon (Age 3+)
Racoon on the moon is a funny rhyming story with phonic repetition for early reading practice. The colourful illustrations help children learn to read and develop essential language and early reading skills along with sharing a glimpse of life at the moon.
7. Usborne Beginners- Solar system (Age 3+)
A cheaper version of the solar system book is also available in paperback here. It answers questions about the surface of Mars and venus. How the sun is made and how astronauts reached the Moon and what they find there. It helps beginner readers to find answers to such questions n this colourful information book. Illustrated with photographs by NASA and illustrations accompanied by short, informative text. The book also includes selected internet links to credible websites about the Solar System.
‘National Geographic Kids’ Books for Kids about Space and planets
National Geographic Kids books have readable text for beginning readers without sacrificing quality content. They have been developed in consultation with education experts,
8. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space (Age 4-8)
We love this one. This beautiful book with colourful pages will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe. The information shared is exactly the right amount of text and facts per page to introduce the topic and not overwhelm young readers.
9. Planets: Level 2 and 3 (National Geographic Readers) (Age 5-8)
There are two books available by the same title, one is Level 2 reading and another one is Level 3. You may opt as per the child’s reading level. Both these books have readable text for beginning readers without sacrificing content quality, hence kids will learn so much about the different planets in this book.
10. Everything: space (National Geographic Kids) (Age 5-8)
Packed with great facts and anecdotes from experts and colourful photographs, the book has it all about space. It is a part of National Geographic Kids Everything series which has more than 100 pics an explorer’s corner with anecdotes and fun facts throughout.
books on the Space theme by Top Indian publishers
11. Solar System with Zayn & Zoey (Age 3+)
Zayn and Zoey are a curious twin duo, who are always learning. In this Book Dad has a brilliant idea – he uses the campsite to recreate the solar system! An easy and fun book for kids to learn about the planets in our Solar System Understand what is rotation and revolution and also about other celestial bodies like meteoroids, asteroids, comets
12 .Zayn & Zoey Learn About Rockets (Age 3+)
Zayn and Zoey had a fun weekend where they made a super-fast rocket balloon and learnt all about space rockets with their Dad. They even find-out about an important law of science that actually helps rockets lift off the ground!
13. Suni Goes to Space (Age 5-8 years)
‘Suni goes to Space’ is a story of Sunita Williams, an Indian-origin girl in America who reached for the stars and the moon, not once or twice but a record seven times. It is a collection of beautifully illustrated picture books for children. This book is a part of the Little Leaders series, where each book will introduce readers to incredible stories of people who followed their dreams, despite all odds. These tales of their passion and courage will emphasise that turning point they had, in the lives of role models, some of them as old as the readers themselves. Both parents and kids will appreciate these stories of grit, determination, perseverance and using imagination.
14. Bhoomi’s Story Space (Age 3+)
In this delightful book, the child will probably ask you to read it aloud repeatedly, Bhoomi aka planet earth plays games with her friend =the moon, introducing the child to the concept of day and night, star patterns, etc. Put together by authors and illustrators Anushka Kalro, Rajasee Ray, author Shubhangi Goel and illustrator Sankhalina Nath, this book is part of the First Look Science series, a result of a classroom project with ‘Srishti’, Bengaluru.
15. Space – My Knowledge Book (Age 3+)
Our Space is so huge that, it requires a lot of reading and research to know about it. And our Earth is just a small part of it. In this book, there are many interesting facts and details covered for our young readers. I have shared an IGTV video about them too.
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