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

DK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

  • AANAW 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £14.39
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    This title offers everything you ever wanted to know about space. Take your child on a journey to space and beyond, they'll learn what space is and take a whirl around the sun, moon and stars. Packed with out-of-this-world pictures from space, kids will explore our universe as never before. Exclusive interviews, eyewitness accounts, incredible facts and more will teach them everything they need to know. It's an incredible look at the universe in which we live - perfect for space enthusiasts and budding astronomers.
  • AQBWB 7 years +
    Ed Simkins
    7 years +
    • £8.99
    Welcome to the world of infographics! This exciting form of data visualisation uses icons, pictograms and graphics to present information to kids in a whole new way. Marvel at the planets, asteroids and incredible forces in our solar system, as well as space missions and the universe beyond - all visualised in beautifully designed infographics and graphic organisers.
  • AKOIX 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £5.89
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    Each chapter in this fun and informative book is packed with puzzles, games, facts and experiments! Find out all about spaceships and satellites, astronauts, the solar system and the universe, and have lots of fun with the Punk Science team at the same time! Published in association with the Science Museum.
  • APXBF 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £8.99
    You can count numbers all around you, from the eight legs on a spider to the one nose on your face. But can you count the stars in the sky? Explore SPACE in THE BIG COUNTDOWN from galaxies and stars to the planets in our solar system, including Earth, and our own satelite, the Moon. The Big Countdown looks at popular topics and investigates the great many numbers that make them fascinating. From the mind-bogglingly large to smallest and most precious, this series helps us understand that it's not just our days that are numbered.
  • ALGXG 8 years +
    Louie Stowell
    8 years +
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    A narrative introduction to the mysteries of space and the secrets of astronomy, packed with scientific facts about the solar system, comets, the Big Bang theory, telescopes, space exploration and lots more. Diagrams and amusing illustrations help make complex ideas easy and fun. Also includes star charts, a glossary, and an astronomy timeline.
  • ALHIQ 8 years +
    Lonely Planet Kids
    8 years +
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    Everything young explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit! Unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like. Incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake. * More than 300 amazing photographs * The perfect present for every aspirant astronaut! About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2012 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)
  • ANLFL 7 years +
    Louie Stowell
    7 years +
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    Discover how you become an astronaut, the training you must undertake, how you travel into space and what you do when you're up there. With a foreword from ESA astronaut Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station. Published in association with the UK Space Agency.
  • TKAS 9 years +
    Alex Frith
    9 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
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    If you have an inquisitive child who is fascinated by space and wants to know the answers to the important questions like why astronauts need wilderness survival skills and how they can escape a black hole, this out-of-this-world book is perfect.

    Packed with 100 fascinating facts that span across space, the book features bright illustrations to add extra appeal and will keep any budding astronauts happily engrossed.
  • Astronaut Academy - Paperback - 9781782403937 - Steve Martin
    ASAC 8 years +
    Steve Martin
    8 years +
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    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
  • AIUPR 7 years +
    Ian Graham
    7 years +
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    This title comes with 19 easy-to-do experiments and 300 exciting pictures. It deals with the stories and the science behind the challenge to explore the cosmos. It offers action-packed information on the history, the people and the science of space. You can find out how the universe began, what galaxies, stars and constellations are made of, and why nothing, not even light, can escape from a black hole. Spectacular photographs and explanatory illustrations capture the thrills of space observation, travel, satellites and communication. Easy-to-do projects show you how rockets work, what it's like to work in space, how to make artificial gravity and solar wind, and much more. Space contains everything there is, from the Earth we live on to the most distant star. This fascinating book takes you on a journey to the Moon, the planets of the solar system and beyond. You can learn about the telescopes astronomers are using to search for extra-terrestrial life among the stars. You can follow the history of space research, from the earliest rockets to the future of space travel. Exciting experiments include making a dish antenna and simulating solar heat. The projects are fun to do and help explain the science and technology of space exploration.