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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 here on our blog and a Man on the Moon 50th Anniversary book section on our site. 

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1. Moon: Night-Time Around The World

Britta Teckentrup | 3+ 

This beautiful picture book by Britta Teckentrup is one of Book People's favourites, helping to demonstrate just how important the moon really is. From turtles laying eggs to migrating birds, it shows how many things rely on the moon. It also has a cut-out feature showing the moon on each page during a different stage of the lunar cycle.  

2. 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!

3.The Solar System

5+

Each of the books in this bright and colourful spacey collection focuses on a different aspect of our Solar System. The titles are The Moon, The Sun, The Stars and The Planets and together these books act as a fantastic introduction to space for young children. 

4. 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.

5. Voyage Through Space with Glow-in-the-Dark Poster

Cornelia Li | 5+

This book is a great way to get children familiar with topics surrounding space. They can follow an astronaut and her dog through the universe and learn about planets, asteroids and the sun along the way. Plus, to make this even more exciting, it comes with a glow-in-the-dark poster that young space enthusiasts can hand in their room. 

6. In Focus: Space

Raman Prinja | 6+

Laid out in a simple magazine style, this fact-filled read is a must for kids who love space. There are eye-opening photographs, fascinating facts and top 10 lists on a range of space topics from moons to black holes.

7. Stargazer's Journal

Fiona Patchett | 7+

Stargazers can document their night sky observations in this beautiful journal from Usborne. Filled with stunning illustrations and interesting facts about the science of stars and the mythology and beliefs different cultures have had about the constellations, this is a unique gift for any space fan. Plus, it also comes with links to websites that will help your little stargazers spot all the key constellations of the night sky. 

8. 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.

9. Space Race

Ben Hubbard | 8+

Explore Space in style with this interactive book. Download the app on any smartphone and have augmented reality visulas of the Apollo 11 lunar module and the Curiosity Mars rover at your fingertips. There is also real-life footage from the NASA archives. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. 

10. Space Visual Encyclopedia

Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest

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 stunning images, mind-boggling facts and so much more, young scientists will be engrossed by this detailed look into outer space.