Recently T and I have been doing a lot of learning around the theme of Space. It’s a happy coincidence that it’s coincided with the 50th anniversary of the moon landings! This has been a topic which has really engaged her, and there’s so many different aspects to learn about which has meant that we’ve stuck with the topic for quite a number of weeks. When we start a topic, one of the first things I do is try and research some really rich reading material for us to use, and then get as much as I can reserved at our local library! It’s always useful to hear other people’s recommendations, so I thought I’d write a little book list of some of our favourite Space books for kids!
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As a topic, Space has a lot of Science, Technology and Engineering aspects to it, and there is a wealth of information books out there for us to read!
Wild About Space, Sue Becklake
I found this in a bookshop last year at a time when T had a particular interest in Space. It contains a wealth of knowledge about planets, stars, space observation, space exploration and space travel. It’s very meaty so at the moment reading one or two pages at a time is enough! However, this is a book which will last us years – it’s accessible enough that I can read it with her now, but detailed enough that it will still be of use and interest when she’s much older.
The Solar System, Emily Bone
This is the first of three books from the Usborne Beginners range that I’d recommend. It’s got simple, easy to read information about the planets in our solar system, is suitable as an early reading book, and is also a good book for beginning to learn about and use an index.
Astronomy, Emily Bone
The second of my recommendations from the Usborne Begiiners range, this book focuses more on the observation and exploration of space. As well as an index, these books have a simple glossary, so they’re great for learning about the features of information texts.
Sun, Moon and Stars, Stephanie Turnbull
The final book of my recommendations from the Usborne Beginners range. This book explains a bit more about the Sun and it’s relationship to Earth; it looks at the Moon, moon missions and explains what a solar eclipse is; and also explains in simple terms a bit about the life cycle of a star. I;d recommend these Usborne Beginner books from around age 5, but would be useful introductory texts for children aged up to 9 or 10.
Astronaut, Lucy M. George
This is an information text but aimed at a younger age group than those I’ve covered so far. It’s written more like a story, and is a ‘day in the life’ of an astronaut aboard the Space Station, explaining some of the things an astronaut might do such as observing asteroids, going on a space walk and learning to brush their teeth in space! I’d recommend it for ages 3-7.
Goodnight Spaceman, Michelle Robinson
We came across this book a few years ago and it’s been a bedtime favourite ever since! Again, this is aimed at a younger age group and iuses simple, rhyming language as two boys consider what their astronaut Dad might be doing up in Space. It has a foreword written by British Astronaut, Tim Peake, and he also read this book whilst onboard the ISS for CBeebies Bedtime Stories! Suitable for ages 2-6.
Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! Margaret Mayo
Another rhyming text here, which makes a great introduction to what astronauts do as well as space technology such as lunar modules, the space station, moon buggies and rovers. Suitable for the 2-6 age range.
Zoo in the Sky, Jacqueline Mitton
This book teeters on the border between Fiction and Non-Fiction. In essence, it’s a book about constellations, but for each constellation tells a brief two to three sentence story. It has really lovely illustrations and would be suitable for quite a wide age range – as a standalone text for 3-7’s, and as a launch pad for further reading and research for 8-11’s.
Whatever our topic, I always like to include some fiction texts as they often help to reinforce the learning; but in a less intense way. They’re also great for developing imagination and helping children to create their own narratives around a theme! All the fiction books are perfect for ages 2-7, but that’s not to say they wouldn’t be enjoyed by some slightly older children too!
Beegu, Alexis Deacon
This is a really sweet story about a young, lost alien who experiences different reactions from various people and animals, as a result of being different. It creates some good talking points for discussion.
Astromouse, Steve Smallman
An adventure story about a young mouse who wants to visit the moon, as he’s heard it’s made of cheese! A lovely story which explores themes of perseverance, resilience and family.
Whatever Next? Jill Murphy
A classic story about Baby Bear and his picnic on the moon, all before bath time! The reader is left wondering whether the story was all in Baby Bear’s imagination or if the events really took place!
Here Come the Aliens, Colin McNaughton
Get ready! The aliens are coming! A funny, repetitive book with great use of rhyme, perfect for young children.
The Queen’s Lift-Off
We’ve really enjoyed other books from this series, and this one, although very simple, is a fun story about what might happen should the Queen build a rocket with the young prince and princess.
Zoo on the Moon
This is a great book for igniting imagination, and would be a perfect springboard for children creating their own extra-terrestrials!
I hope you found this list helpful! If you have any other suggestions of books you or your children have particularly loved, I would love to hear them!