Top 10 Best Space Books for Kids

Blast off into the universe with these out-of-this-world books! Featuring astronauts, asteroids, planets, spaceships, stars, comets and so much more, see below for the best space books for kids, ordered by target age. Plus, you can also find a post all about our best space books for 7-year-olds right here on a blog as well. 

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1. Usborne Beginners: The Solar System

Emily Bone | 5+

Young readers can discover the secrets and mysteries of the universe with this exciting book. It features a helpful glossary to explain unfamiliar words and a list of websites to visit for more information. It's perfect for helping with homework - or for simply marvelling at!

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2. Space Sticker Book

Fiona Watt | 5+

This space-tacular sticker book provides a light-hearted look at space travel, with scenes depicting the vastness of space, the inside of a space station and the surface of the moon. It contains hundreds of brilliant stickers, including planets, stars, asteroids, astronauts, rovers and much more.

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3. Look Inside: Space

Rob Lloyd Jones | 5+

This fantastically fun book is packed with information about space and the amazing things that float through it, including stars, moons, comets and the planets of our solar system. Each spread features a cosmic colour illustration and lots of flaps to lift which reveal what's happening in every scene. Discover what's going on inside the International Space Station, how astronauts visited the Moon and what they did there, and the history of astronomy, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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4. The Pop-up, Pull-out Space Book

DK | 5+

Travel through our incredible universe with your child in this spellbinding pop-up and pull-out space book. It features an awesome pop-up solar system scene, jaw-dropping pictures, exciting pull-out pages, fun quizzes and heaps of fascinating facts. Visit each of the planets, stop off at the moon and marvel at the stars in other galaxies.

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5. See Inside: The Universe

Alex Frith | 6+

This awe-inspiring lift-the-flap book will help answer every question children might have about outer space, stars, galaxies and beyond. What is the universe made of? Where did everything come from? What exists in the far reaches of outer space? These phenomenal facts will keep kids engaged for hours as they lift the flaps to find out the answers to some perplexing fundamental questions. From the Big Bang to black holes, supernovas to astronomy and so much more, unlock the secrets and mysteries of the universe with this captivating book.

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6. Destination: Space

Christoph Englert | 7+

Aspiring astronauts will be mesmerised by this brilliant book. Blast off into our local solar system and galaxies far, far away as you discover the science behind stars, planets, meteors and comets. This book also includes a detailed look at the history of the universe.

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7. Astronaut Academy

Steve Martin | 8+

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!

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8. The Story of Astronomy and Space

Louie Stowell | 8+

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.

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9. How to Be a Space Explorer

Lonely Planet Kids | 8+

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.

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10. Space: A Children's Encyclopedia

DK | 9+

Discover a wide range of space subjects in this cosmological compendium, perfect for aspiring astronomers and astronauts. Discover 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.

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  • AANAT 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £12.89
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    Take an amazing journey through our universe with this incredible pop-up and pull-out space book! Go with your child on an interactive journey through space with the help of a spectacular 3D pop-up solar system scene, amazing pictures, fantastic pull-out pages, fun quizzes and masses of fascinating facts. They'll visit each of the planets, stop off at the moon and gaze at stars in other galaxies and much more.
  • AANAW 9 years +
    9 years +
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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.
  • ALGXG 8 years +
    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 +
    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)
  • AOGXE 5 years +
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    A light-hearted look at space travel, with scenes showing the vastness of space, the inside of a space station, and the surface of the moon, plus hundreds of stickers with which to fill the pages - with planets, stars, asteroids, astronauts, rovers and lots more.
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    This is a great fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it - stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system. Each double-page spread has a stunning colour illustrations, and several flaps to lift to find out more about what's going on in the scene - such as what goes on inside the International Space Station, how astronauts visited the Moon and what they did there, as well as the history of astronomy, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope.
  • SYS2 5 years +
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    The Usborne Beginners: Solar System guide is aimed at a young readership and the simple descriptions of our universe make it a perfect book to dip into and enjoy.

    With a helpful glossary to explain unfamiliar words and a list of websites to visit for more information, this early reference book will be useful for homework help, and it's fun just to look and marvel at!

    Ideal for readers aged 5 and over.
  • DSTS 7 years +
    7 years +
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    Do you have an astronaut of the future in your household? They'll be excited to blast off into space with the cadets in this out-of-this world book!

    Fully illustrated, the book looks at the local solar system and into galaxies that are far beyond. Fully accessible, the book explains the science behind the stars, planets, meteors and comets in our sky. It also provides a detailed look at the history of the universe.
  • ASAC 8 years +
    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.
  • SITU 6 years +
    6 years +
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    An awe-inspiring lift-the-flap book from the experts at Usborne, See Inside the Universe will help answer every question children aged 6 and over will have about outer space, stars, galaxies and beyond...

    What is the universe made of? Where did everything come from? What is in the far reaches of outer space? Children will have hours of fun lifting over 70 flaps and poring over the jaw-dropping facts in this thoroughly entertaining and mind-bogglingly amazing book. Packed with bright and bold illustrations, the book is the perfect first introduction to this complex science topic.

    From the Big Bang to supernovas, black holes, the history of astronomy, our own place in space and much, much more, with See Inside the Universe children will make amazing discoveries to unlock the secrets and mysteries of the universe for themselves.