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Top 10 Best Space Books for 11-year-olds

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about astronauts, asteroids, stars, spacecraft, the history of the universe and lots more in this list of the best space books for 11-year-olds.

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1. Space: A Children's Encyclopedia

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Discover a wide range of space subjects in this cosmological compendium, perfect for aspiring astronomers and astronauts. Find out what space is like, take a whirl around the sun and explore the moon and stars. Featuring exclusive interviews, spectacular pictures, eyewitness accounts, mind-boggling facts and so much more, young scientists will be engrossed by this detailed look into outer space.

2. Astronaut Academy

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Steve Martin

With this astronomical book, kids can test their astronaut abilities to see if they could flourish in outer space. They'll face a variety of challenges and missions, many of which are based around science and maths and can develop valuable key skills such as hand-eye coordination and basic first aid. Kids will be enthralled by this interstellar book, which includes fun stickers, a board game, press-out figures and even a model space shuttle!

3. The Usborne Official Astronaut's Handbook

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Louie Stowell

Budding space explorers will love this astronomical handbook. Discover how to become an astronaut, the training you must undertake, how you'll travel into space and what to do when you're up there, all in this comprehensive book. It even features a foreword by ESA astronaut Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station, and is published in association with the UK Space Agency.

4. The Story of Astronomy and Space

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Louie Stowell

This narrative introduction to the marvels and mysteries of space is packed with scientific facts about the solar system, comets, the Big Bang theory, space exploration and lots more. Complex ideas are explained in a fun and straightforward way with diagrams and amusing illustrations, and the book also features star charts, a glossary and an astronomy timeline.

5. How to Be a Space Explorer

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Lonely Planet Kids

In this enthralling book, kids will find everything they need to know to travel through space, including what life is like in zero gravity, how to find their way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit! Unique illustrations and fascinating facts take kids to the centre of the action, and more than 300 spectacular photos reveal what the universe is really like.

6. Exploring Science: Space

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Ian Graham

This interstellar science book covers the stories and science behind the challenge to explore the cosmos, offering action-packed info on the history, people and features of space. Find out how the universe began, what galaxies, stars and constellations are made of, and why nothing - not even light! - can escape a black hole. Kids can also complete 19 easy projects to find out how rockets work, what it's like to work in space, how to make artificial gravity and solar wind, and lots more. Plus, learn all about the telescopes astronomers are using to search for extra-terrestrial life among the stars...

7. 100 Things to Know About Space

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Alex Frith

Perfect for inquisitive minds, this out-of-this-world book will fascinate any child who wants to know the answers to important space questions, like why astronauts need wilderness survival skills and how they can escape from black holes. It's packed with 100 fascinating facts that span space and time, complemented by bright illustrations that are sure to keep aspiring astronauts engrossed.

8. The World in Infographics: Space

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Jon Richards & Ed Simkins

Discover an engaging and contemporary way to learn about space with infographics, an exciting form of data visualisation that uses icons, pictograms and graphics. Marvel at the planets, asteroids and incredible forces in our solar system, find out about the most significant space missions and explore our universe in this stunning book.

9. The Big Countdown: 70 Thousand Million, Million, Million Stars in Space

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Paul Rockett

You can count lots of numbers around you, from the one nose on your face to the eight legs on a spider - but can you count the stars in the sky? Explore the incredible enormity of space in the Big Countdown from galaxies and stars to the planets in our solar system, including Earth, and our own satellite, the Moon. This bumper book covers popular space topics and investigates the numbers that make them fascinating.

10. Punk Science: The Intergalactic Supermassive Space Book

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Punk Science

Find out all about spaceships, satellites, astronauts, the solar system and the universe - and have lots of fun in the process! Each chapter is bursting with puzzles, games, facts and experiments, providing a fun and interactive way for kids to learn all about space. This book is published in association with the Science Museum.