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Planets: Books


The Planets in Our Solar System (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

ISBN: 006445178X
Ages: 4-8

This simple text by Franklyn M. Branley introduces the planets in our solar system and is complemented by Kevin O'Malley's full-color illustrations. The often humorous illustrations depict a group of children and an astronomer as they learn all about our solar system. Included are many hands-on activities.


Magnificent Mars

ISBN: 0743226011
All Ages

Harvard-trained astronomer Ken Croswell thoroughly explores the science, the culture, and the romance of the red planet and presents with insightful prose and astonishing images the red planet's full glory, showing volcanoes taller than Mount Everest, spiral-shaped polar caps of ice, and a canyon system that could stretch from Ohio to California. Here is a concise synthesis of the latest research on Mars, accompanied by the very best full-color images from Viking, Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, and other spacecraft. Highlights include a foldout panorama of the Martian surface; a rainbow-colored topographic map; and a sequence showing a full rotation of Mars, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.

With its large format, superb images, and compelling text, Magnificent Mars is the next best thing to standing on the red planet itself.


Mars: The Red Planet (All Aboard Reading Level 3)

ISBN: 0448418436
Ages: 4-8

Set your radar for the fourth planet from the sun! This easy-to-read science book covers it all — from little green men to the most recent discoveries made by NASA's long-distance space travelers, Pathfinder and Sojourner!

Solar System for Kids: A Junior Scientist's Guide to Planets, Dwarf Planets, and Everything Circling Our Sun

ISBN: 1646119282
Ages: 6-9

A new addition to solar system nonfiction for children, this engaging book introduces young learners to the birth of planets and stars, characteristics of terrestrial planets and gas giants, and tips for observing the night sky. Fascinating facts, an appealing layout and hands-on experiments will charge the curiosity of young astronomers.


The Planets

ISBN: 0823439674
Ages: 4-8

A favorite of young children for 25 years, this updated edition explores the planets in our solar system with clear, bright illustrations and simple, accessible text that incorporates new information. In addition to descriptions of the sun and each planet, the author introduces concepts such as a day, a year, orbit, and rotation.

My First Book of Planets: All About The Solar System for Kids

ISBN: 1646118367
Ages: 4-8

A terrific introduction to the solar system for young children written by a planetary scientist. Did you know that the bubbles in soda are the same gas found on Venus? From our own blue Earth to the giant gaseous planets to the frosty dwarf planets, kids can blast off across the solar system through incredible photos and easy-to-follow text describing what makes each planet so special.

National Geographic Little Kids' First Big Book of Space

ISBN: 1426310145
Ages: 4-8

Children in grades K-2 will love this vibrant, colorful book introducing them to the wonders of the Earth, sun, planets, and more. National Geographic's high-quality content and photos make this an excellent choice for beginning readers.


Where Is Our Solar System? (Who HQ)

ISBN: 0515158186
Ages: 8-12

This book, one in the WhoHQ series, explores the beginnings of modern astronomy with the discoveries of Galileo, Newton, Copernicus and Kepler. It goes on to discuss later discoveries and possibilities for future exploration, and includes a foldout map.

Earth: Our Planet in Space

ISBN: 0689835620
Ages: 9-12

This intimate and beautiful study of Earth investigates the relationship between our planet, the sun, and the moon. Why are there seasons on Earth? How does day pass into night? What protects the Earth from the sun's intense heat? Why is the surface of the Earth constantly changing? The informative text reveals how Earth's unique position in relation to the sun makes it the only planet where life is possible. The stunning full-color photographs will mesmerize young readers about the mysteries of space.


Our Solar System

ISBN: 0061140104
Ages: 7-10

An updated brief overview of the solar system with captivating full-color photographs and spectacular illustrations. Each of the planets gets several pages of coverage, with comets, meteors, and asteroids also receiving attention. The author uses comparisons to help young readers comprehend the scale of these enormous celestial masses. An author's note, glossary, index, and suggestions for further reading provide additional help.


Planets Around the Sun

ISBN: 0999391283
Ages: 4-8

With brief, accessible text, engaging topics and a perforated page of collectible cards, Seymour Simon's See More Reader series will rope in even the most reluctant readers.

The Smithsonian Book of Mars (Smithsonian Library of the Solar System)

ISBN: 1568527144
Ages: 12 and up

Former NASA scientist Boyce draws his clear explanations of Mars's atmosphere, climate, surface, and interior from the monumental findings of the different NASA missions. Each spacecraft sent to Mars yielded fascinating new discoveries (how did those "canals" come to be?) and occasionally overturned earlier findings-especially when trying to answer NASA's ultimate question, "Are we alone?" Boyce closes the book with a look at the bright future for additional Mars exploration and outlines the requirements for a manned mission. He spent many hours scouring the NASA archives and has included many amazing images.

Movies and More

Rocket Boy

My Fantastic Field Trip to the Planets

Run Time: 70 minutes
Rated G

A song and dance adventure featuring Jake who takes off on an adventure through space with the help of 9 friendly planets. The catchy music will help viewers to remember the planets.


The Magic School Bus - Space Adventures

Run Time: 82 minutes
Not Rated

A movie in the familiar series about Mrs. Frizzle and her class as they are off on another adventure. This time, they are visiting space in three different adventures.


Melissa and Doug Solar System 48pc Floor Puzzle

Size: 24" x 36"

Large floor puzzle for all ages displaying the solar system, including the sun, all of the planets and their moons. Fun for the whole family.

Would You Rather? Space Gamebook for Kids

Interactive games, jokes, and puzzles available for Kindle. A great idea for road trips or plane trips


Uncle Milton's Star Theater Pro

The closest thing to being in a real planetarium. Hundreds of stars and constellations are projected on your ceiling and walls while you listen to an exciting audio CD tour of the night sky. Control comets and meteors in your display. The whole family can enjoy this together. Ages 6 and up; some adult assistance needed

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