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Astronomy: Books

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space


ISBN: 1426310140
Ages: 4 – 8

This introduction to astronomy will delight young children and beginning readers. Topics covered include the moon and sun, our own solar system, stars and galaxies, and space exploration. Clear, simple text and colorful illustrations make this an appealing first space book.

Space: Planets, Moons, Stars and More! (Step Into Reading)

Space Book

ISBN: 0553523163
Ages: 5 – 8

A lot of information is packed into this book for beginning readers. Space facts and NASA photos are presented in a large-print, simple format that is well-suited to emergent readers.


Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei

ISBN: 0374470278
Ages: 6 – 9

Galileo, considered the “father of modern science,” was the first to use the telescope to see distant objects and begin to map the heavens. This Caldecott Honor Book tells Galileo’s extraordinary story with beautiful illustrations.

The Mysteries of the Universe: Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Space


ISBN: 1465499334
Ages: 7 – 9

From meteorites that enter Earth’s atmosphere to impossibly distant galaxies, kids will discover 100 objects of the universe, arranged from those closest to Earth to the ones furthest away. An excellent nonfiction book for 2nd-4th graders.


Astronomy For Kids: How To Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, A Telescope, or Just Your Eyes!

ISBN: 1641521430
Ages: 7 – 12

One of the best things about space is that anyone can explore it, just by going outside and looking up! Written by a planetary scientist whose excitement for astronomy is contagious, this book will captivate young stargazers.

Everything Space: Blast Off For A Universe of Photos, Facts and Fun!

Blue Sun

ISBN: 1426320744
Ages: 8 – 12

Awe-inspiring photographs make this book from National Geographic Kids a favorite of young readers. Also included are maps, infographics, interviews with astronomers, a glossary and “Find Out More” section.

Astronomy (DK Eyewitness Books)


ISBN: 1465408959
Ages: 8 – 12

Discover the fascinating world of astronomy, the “world’s oldest science.” From the ways in which ancient humans viewed the heavens to current discoveries about planets and stars, this book introduces curious young minds to the wonders of space.

Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities


ISBN: 1556527152
Ages: 9 – 12

In this illuminating guidebook to the solar system, kids delve into the rich history of space exploration, where telescopes, satellites, probes, landers, and human missions lead to amazing discoveries. Young learners are encouraged to explore the planets and other celestial bodies for themselves through hands-on activities. Included are biographies of space pioneers, a field guide to the solar system, and plenty of suggestions for further research. Winner of the 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Children’s Literature Award.


Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of our Solar System and Beyond

ISBN: 1426338562
Ages: 10 – 14

Astronomer David Aguilar presents spectacular images and up-to-date findings on planets, the formation of the universe, space travel, the possibility of life beyond Earth, and more. An authoritative yet easily accessible reference book for any young space-lover.

Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners


ISBN: 0920656668
Ages: 10 and up

This engaging, user-friendly introduction to the science of astronomy will be enjoyed by anyone who is ready to go beyond identifying the Big Dipper. The author clearly explains relative distances and covers the basics of planets, stars, quasars, black holes, and stargazing in this beautifully illustrated book.

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