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May 2nd is Astronomy Day. We prepared books for curious minds to discover more about sky, moon, planets in the universe and everything far above in the sky.

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  • There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System

    Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Oct. 26, 1999)
    Au revoir, Pluto! In this newly revised, bestselling backlist title, beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched on a wild trip to visit the now eight planets in our solar system (per the International Astronomical Union’s 2006 decision to downgrade Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet), along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, Dick, and Sally. It’s a reading adventure that’s out of this world!
  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space

    Catherine D. Hughes, David A. Aguilar

    Hardcover (National Geographic Children's Books, Oct. 9, 2012)
    This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.Chapters include: • Chapter 1 focuses on the Earth, moon, and sun. • Chapter 2 introduces kids to the other planets in our solar system. • Chapter 3 explains other objects in our solar system, such as dwarf planets, comets, and asteroid belts. • Chapter 4 voyages even farther afield, touching on concepts such as the universe, the Milky Way, stars, galaxies, and black holes. • The last chapter delves into space exploration: humans on the moon, spaceships, the International Space Station, etc.
  • Hello, World! Solar System

    Jill McDonald

    Board book (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, March 8, 2016)
    Learn from home and explore the world with these fun and easy board books!Every young child loves to look up at the moon in the night sky. Here’s a Hello, World! board book that can teach toddlers all about the sun, moon, stars, and planets—with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“Can you point to the red planet? That’s Mars!”) It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: •Solar Sytem•Weather•Backyard Bugs•Birds•Dinosaurs•My Body•How Do Apples Grow?•Ocean Life•Moon Landing•Pets•Arctic Animals•Construction Site•Rainforest Animals•Planet Earth •Reptiles“A cheerful introduction to outer space.”—Booklist“Supplemental tidbits ('Ouch! Asteroids and comets often hit this planet,' [McDonald] writes about Mercury) offer additional details to pique the interest of children just hearing about Earth’s cosmic neighbors for the first time.”—Publishers Weekly
  • Astronomy For Kids: Planets, Stars and Constellations - Intergalactic Kids Book Edition

    Baby Professor

    Paperback (Baby Professor, Jan. 4, 2016)
    Here’s the little book with big information on planets, stars and constellations. You’d say it’s a pretty book because majority of it is composed of brilliant pictures. There are texts, still, to encourage a child to practice reading and comprehension. This is a good book to add to your mini-library collection at home. You can also pair it with your child’s official textbooks. Secure a copy now!
  • Solar System for Kids: The Planets and Their Moons

    Baby Professor

    Paperback (Baby Professor, Nov. 15, 2015)
    The solar system is a complicated but very interesting subject to study. The problem is, school textbooks are so heavy with texts, they become very boring to children. The good news is, workbooks such as this exist. Using a hands-on and picture-dominated approach to learning, a child would have absolute fun learning about the star and the planets. Secure a copy today!
  • Planet Name Game

    Tish Rabe, Tom Brannon

    Paperback (Random House Books for Young Readers, Jan. 6, 2015)
    A Step 2 Step into Reading Science Reader based on an episode of the hit PBS Kids TV show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Join the Cat in the Hat as he takes Sally and Nick on an adventure into space to learn the names of the eight planets in our solar system! Written in rhyme for children who can read with help, this Step 2 book is a great way to introduce beginning readers to basic concepts about space and to support the Common Core State Standards. Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
  • The Ultimate Book of Space

    Anne-Sophie Baumann, Olivier Latyck

    Hardcover (Twirl, Oct. 18, 2016)
    "A fun book to ignite curiosity about the solar system." — School Library JournalLearn all about rocket ships, astronauts, and the fascinating world of space exploration: The rover Curiosity lands on the surface of Mars, astronauts prepare for takeoff... Best of all, lots of flaps, popups, pull-tabs, and rotating wheels bring space shuttles, satellites, and planets to life. Readers will learn about the Milky Way and the universe, explore the International Space Station, and help astronauts complete their NASA training. Any child who has ever dreamed of space exploration will adore this extraordinary look at outer space.• Supersized spreads feature marvelously detailed illustrations that just beg to be pored over again and again• More than 40 interactive flaps, tabs, and more to keep kids engaged• A captivating adventure that brings the world of space and the magic of books to life in young mindsFans of How Things Work will also enjoy the stunning details and interactive fun of The Ultimate Book of Space.• Great family read-aloud book• Books for kids ages 4–8 • Science books for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school children
  • National Geographic Kids Super Space Sticker Activity Book: Over 1,000 Stickers!

    National Geographic Kids

    Paperback (National Geographic Children's Books, May 13, 2014)
    An exciting interactive title chock-full of stars, planets, aliens, and everything out of this world brings National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format. For kids who love our universe, this book features the coolest science kids can't get enough of: our planet Earth, cool asteroids, fun aliens, comets, and so much more. Packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, and more, kids are sure to love these pages loaded with fun.
  • Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book

    Britta Teckentrup

    Hardcover (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Feb. 20, 2018)
    The much-loved children’s series that began with Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book brings you an elaborate book with peek-through holes that show the moon’s different phases with each turn of the page. Over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon shines down on creatures around the world. Children will love discovering how it changes from day to day as the lunar cycle is shown through clever peek-through holes, each revealing the moon in a different size and shape. It’s the perfect light nonfiction book for young stargazers—and an ideal bedtime book, ending with a giant moon hovering over a sleepy town hunkered down for bed. Look for all the books in the Peek-Through Picture Book series: Tree, Bee, Ocean, and The Twelve Days of Christmas.2021 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award NomineeNominated for the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal"Young readers will delight in finding the many creatures on every page. . . . A lovely addition, perfect for bedtime and one-on-one sharing."—School Library Journal"The author's rhyming text includes well-chosen language that delights the ear."—Kirkus Reviews
  • Let's Explore the Solar System

    Baby Professor

    Paperback (Baby Professor, July 31, 2015)
    Do you know that you live in a galaxy so big you are but a speck in its total existence? This beautiful picture book features the magnificent solar system and its planets. Here, you will learn about all the planets and the characteristics that make life possible or impossible in them. Grab a copy now!
  • Let's Explore Mars

    Baby Professor

    Paperback (Baby Professor, July 31, 2015)
    Mars, A.K.A The Red Planet, has been the topic of many alien life speculations for so many years. With this picture book, you will finally learn about Mars; maybe enough to decide for yourself whether life can exist in it or not. Reading a picture book fuels the imagination and makes facts more easily understood. Order your copy today!
  • Our Solar System

    Baby Professor

    Paperback (Baby Professor, Oct. 5, 2015)
    Yes, science can be made fun and easy! This book features the solar system in all its glory. You can see pictures of the planets and the galaxy in full color. The layout is definitely going to amaze and delight a child. As a result, learning becomes highly entertaining. Grab a copy today!
  • National Geographic Readers: Night Sky

    Stephanie Warren Drimmer

    Paperback (National Geographic Children's Books, June 27, 2017)
    Kids will learn all about the night sky, from the moon to constellations to planets, in this new National Geographic Reader. The level 2 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging information for beginning readers.
  • Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years

    Stacy McAnulty, David Litchfield

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Oct. 24, 2017)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading."Hi, I’m Earth! But you can call me Planet Awesome." Prepare to learn all about Earth from the point-of-view of Earth herself! In this funny yet informative book, filled to the brim with kid-friendly facts, readers will discover key moments in Earth’s life, from her childhood more than four billion years ago all the way up to present day. Beloved children's book author Stacy McAnulty helps Earth tell her story, and award-winning illustrator David Litchfield brings the words to life. The book includes back matter with even more interesting tidbits.This title has Common Core connections.
  • Sun! One in a Billion

    Stacy McAnulty, Stevie Lewis

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Oct. 23, 2018)
    From the author of Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years comes a new picture book about space―this time starring our Sun!Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star―he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial "autobiography." Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully illustrated, Sun! One in a Billion is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.
  • Moon! Earth's Best Friend

    Stacy McAnulty, Stevie Lewis

    Hardcover (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), June 11, 2019)
    From writer Stacy McAnulty and illustrator Stevie Lewis, Moon! Earth's Best Friend is a light-hearted nonfiction picture book about the formation and history of the moon―told from the perspective of the moon itself.Meet Moon! She's more than just a rock―she’s Earth’s rock, her best friend she can always count on. Moon never turns her back on her friend (literally: she's always facing Earth with the same side!). These two will stick together forever. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Moon in this next celestial "autobiography" in the Our Universe series. Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Stevie Lewis, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years and Sun! One in a Billion.
  • The Faces, Err Phases, of the Moon - Astronomy Book for Kids | Children's Astronomy Books

    Baby Professor

    Paperback (Baby Professor, April 15, 2017)
    How can there be one moon and many “faces”? One night it look full, the next it'll wane and the next it'll change yet again. This astronomy book for kids will explain the different phases of the moon and how each affects life on Earth. Astronomy can be your child’s new favorite subject through this book. Buy a copy today!
  • Moon

    Melanie Mitchell

    Paperback (LernerClassroom, Jan. 1, 2004)
    The moon lights up the night sky, but the light we see is really from the sun. It’s just reflecting off the moon. The moon is the only place in our solar system that humans have visited. Learn more about our moon in this fascinating book for beginning readers.
  • I Am the Moon: A Book About the Moon for Kids

    Rebecca McDonald, James McDonald

    Paperback (House of Lore, Nov. 28, 2018)
    I Am the Moon introduces kids to the basic concepts of Earth and Space science while also teaching how the Moon plays an important part in the cycle of life on Earth, all the way from the Moon's impact on marine life to its interaction with nature and the environment.Young children will learn about basic concepts of astronomy, explaining how the Moon moves in space with Earth, to the many other moons in our solar system that act as satellites to the other planets. I Am the Moon also takes preschool and kindergarten level children on an imaginary visit to the Moon, describing what an astronaut uses to land and explore the Moon's surface. Images are big and bright for kids ages 3-5.
  • I Am Mars: A Book About Mars for Kids

    James McDonald, Rebecca McDonald

    Paperback (House of Lore, Jan. 14, 2019)
    Get ready for an awesome outer space journey to visit Mars! Kids ages 3-7 will love this easy to follow book about planet Mars and its place in our solar system. Large colorful pictures will keep toddlers engaged and teach children a beginning awareness of space and astronomy. When kids gaze at the Moon and stars, they will have a new understanding of our far-off red neighbor that may soon be a planet that people actually visit.For other awesome space adventures for kids read: I Am Earth and I Am the Moon.
  • There Was An Old Astronaut Who Swallowed the Moon!

    Lucille Colandro, Jared Lee

    Hardcover (Cartwheel Books, April 30, 2019)
    Scholastic's bestselling OLD LADY becomes an astronaut in this adventure full of hilarious laughs and fun facts about space -- perfect for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing!There was an old astronaut who swallowed the moon. I don't know why she swallowed the moon. It happened at noon.Scholastic's bestselling OLD LADY returns in this adventure series with a nonfiction twist that will make you laugh AND learn! In this spin-off, the OLD LADY turns into an OLD ASTRONAUT who travels through space, swallowing a moon... along with a star, a planet, a comet, a meteor, a rocket, and a satellite... Why? Well, it went down just right, that bright satellite! Two new characters lead the reader through this hilarious adventure while exchanging some awesome facts about outer space for a light take on nonfiction that's perfect for this age. With expanded back matter about the solar system and a search-and-find game at the end, this OLD ASTRONAUT definitely shoots for the stars!
  • Mousetronaut: Based on a

    Mark Kelly, C. F. Payne

    Hardcover (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Oct. 9, 2012)
    A #1 New York Times bestseller “This little mouse may well inspire some big dreams.” —Kirkus Reviews “In this picture book based on the space shuttle Endeavor…Meteor is one of the smallest mice, but the most hardworking…the values of being small, useful, solving problems, and working hard—as opposed to being big and strong—will inspire young readers.” —School Library Journal “Inspired by this real-life mouse, Kelly’s first children’s book tells the story of Meteor, a lightly anthropomorphized rodent who turns his tininess into an advantage when an important key gets stuck in a crack between two monitors…textured images and vivid portraits that make it absolutely clear that space travel is a larger-than-life adventure.” —Publishers Weekly A heartwarming picture book tale of the power of the small, from bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly.Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mice-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission . . . and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes—and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, Mousetronaut is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of the small!
  • Life on Mars

    Jon Agee

    Hardcover (Dial Books, Feb. 28, 2017)
    In this sneaky, silly picture book for fans of Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen, an intrepid—but not so clever—space explorer is certain he’s found the only living thing on Mars A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a solitary mission, determined to prove the naysayers wrong. But when he arrives, equipped with a package of cupcakes as a gift, he sees nothing but a nearly barren planet. Finally, he spies a single flower and packs it away to take back to Earth as proof that there is indeed life on Mars. But as he settles in for the journey home, he cracks open his cupcakes—only to discover that someone has eaten them all! Readers will love being in on the secret: Unbeknownst to the explorer, a Martian has been wandering through the illustrations the whole time—and he got himself a delicious snack along the way.
  • A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars

    Seth Fishman, Isabel Greenberg

    Hardcover (Greenwillow Books, Oct. 3, 2017)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.A Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor BookWinner of the Mathical Book Prize“This picture book is one in a gazillion.”—Jane O’Connor, the New York Times–bestselling author of the Fancy Nancy seriesDid you know that the earth is covered in three trillion trees? And that seven billion people weigh about the same as ten quadrillion ants? Our world is full of constantly changing numbers, from a hundred billion trillion stars in space to thirty-seven billion rabbits on Earth. Can you imagine that many of anything? The playful illustrations from New York Times–bestselling artist Isabel Greenberg and the friendly, straightforward voice of author Seth Fishman illuminate some of the biggest numbers in the universe—a hundred billion trillion stars—and the smallest—one unique and special YOU. Here is a book for story time, for science time, for math time, for bedtime, and all the times in between.Perfect for curious children, classrooms eager for STEM content, and readers who have devoured Ada Twist, Scientist and How Much Is a Million?
  • Once Upon a Star: A Poetic Journey Through Space

    James Carter, Mar Hernandez

    Hardcover (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Nov. 6, 2018)
    Young space and science enthusiasts will be captivated by this exciting exploration of the Big Bang and the origins of the universe.Once upon a star, there were no stars to shine, no sun to rise, no day, no night. Until . . . a mighty BOOM!The Big Bang, the formation of the planets, and the origins of life on Earth are made accessible and fascinating in a poetic, jazzy, free-flowing exploration of space, the solar system, and how we all got here. With its rhythmic, and engaging style, this book is a unique and captivating approach to science and STEM topics that will have kids asking to read it again and again—while learning lessons and concepts that really stick.Parents and teachers will love it too (and will likely learn something!) as their young ones read about our solar system's origins in an inviting, fresh, yet factual format. With art that calls to mind the era of the space race, the book is everything you need: hip, fun, engaging nonfiction for today's young scientists.Critics love Once Upon a Star:"The right 'stuff' for young readers who have wondered about the stars and about their place in space."—Kirkus"Budding scientists and stargazers will find plenty to enjoy in this lyrical introduction to the sun. . . . An excellent resource for STEM-related activities, science curricula, or children who are simply curious about the world around them."—School Library Journal"traces the march of evolution with crisp, graphic forms."—Publishers Weekly“A lively, rhapsodic exploration of the cosmos . . . Each page is a stunning visual feast.”—"Carter delivers his mini lesson on the Big Bang, cosmic formation, and the coalescence of stardust in gently unreeling, rhyme-sprinkled verse that has the soothing cadence of a bedtime story."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books"a perfect addition to the library of any budding astronaut or scientist."—
  • Look Inside Space

    Rob Lloyd Jones, Benedetta Giaufret, Enrica Rusina

    Board book (E.D.C. Publishing, June 1, 2012)
    Blast off into space with this fascinating flip book. Find out how the moon was made, why stars shine and how we know so much about planets that are far, far away. 14 pages.
  • The Planets in Our Solar System

    Dr. Franklyn M. Branley, Kevin O'Malley

    Paperback (HarperCollins, May 8, 1998)
    Where is it partly cloudy and 860°F?Venus. Read about the eight planets in our solar system and Earth's special place in it. This book also includes instructions for making your own solar system mobile, and on the new "Find Out More" page learn how to track the moon and visit the best plant web sites.
  • Mae Among the Stars

    Roda Ahmed, Stasia Burrington

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Jan. 9, 2018)
    A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of the Month!A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts.When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering.She wanted to be an astronaut.Her mom told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.”Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.
  • Gravity by Chin, Jason

    Jason Chin

    Hardcover (Roaring Brook Press 2014, Jan. 1, 1900)
  • If You Were the Moon

    Laura Purdie Salas, Jaime Kim

    Library Binding (Millbrook Press TM, March 1, 2017)
    What would you do if you were the moon? Do you think you would rest quietly in the night sky? Oh, no. The moon does so much more than you might imagine! It spins like a twilight ballerina, plays tug-of-war with the ocean, and lights a pathway for baby sea turtles. Discover the many other roles the moon plays in this whimsical and lyrical picture book.
  • Let's Explore Venus

    Helen Orme, David Orme

    Paperback (Gareth Stevens Pub Learning library, Jan. 12, 2007)
    Describes the characteristics of and latest discoveries about the planet Venus.
  • ABC Universe

    American Museum of Natural History

    Board book (Sterling Children's Books, April 21, 2015)
    From an astronaut in space to Voyager, yellow dwarf, and zenith, this ABC board book opens up the entire universe to children! Created in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, it takes kids on a photographic journey through comets, flares, and planets like Jupiter, and introduces them to black holes, supernovas, telescopes, and more. Perfect for the youngest astronomers.
  • Let's Explore Saturn

    Helen Orme, David Orme

    Paperback (Gareth Stevens Pub Learning library, Jan. 12, 2007)
    Describes the characteristics of and latest discoveries about the planet Saturn.
  • Stardust

    Jeanne Willis, Briony May Smith

    Hardcover (Nosy Crow, Feb. 12, 2019)
    The perfect story for anyone who’s ever felt overshadowed.One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it's finding Mom's lost wedding ring or winning the costume prize, her big sister always shines brighter. In her grandfather’s eyes, though, she is a star. As he dries her tears and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story about how everything and everyone is made of stardust and we all shine in different ways. With illustrations from new talent Briony May Smith, this is a touching story about being true to yourself from award-winning author Jeanne Willis.
  • The Stuff of Stars

    Marion Dane Bauer, Ekua Holmes

    Hardcover (Candlewick, Sept. 4, 2018)
    The 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award WinnerIn an astonishing unfurling of our universe, Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer and Caldecott Honor winner Ekua Holmes celebrate the birth of every child.Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG! Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us, while vivid illustrations by Ekua Holmes capture the void before the Big Bang and the ensuing life that burst across galaxies. A seamless blend of science and art, this picture book reveals the composition of our world and beyond — and how we are all the stuff of stars.
  • What Miss Mitchell Saw

    Hayley Barrett, Diana Sudyka

    Hardcover (Beach Lane Books, Sept. 3, 2019)
    Discover the amazing true story of Maria Mitchell, America’s first professional female astronomer.Every evening, from the time she was a child, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual—a comet no one had ever seen before! Miss Mitchell’s extraordinary discovery made her famous the world over and paved the way for her to become America’s first professional female astronomer. Gorgeously illustrated by Diana Sudyka, this moving picture book about a girl from humble beginnings who became a star in the field of astronomy is sure to inspire budding scientists everywhere.
  • Red Rover: Curiosity on Mars

    Richard Ho, Katherine Roy

    Hardcover (Roaring Brook Press, Oct. 29, 2019)
    Red Rover is a gorgeously illustrated tale that explores the vast, inhospitable landscape of Mars and the adventures of the little rover that calls the planet its home.Mars has a visitor.It likes to roam...observe...measure...and collect.It explores the red landscape―crossing plains, climbing hills, and tracing the bottoms of craters―in search of waterand life.It is not the first to visit Mars.It will not be the last.But it might be...the most curious.Join Curiosity on its journey across the red planet in this innovative and dynamic nonfiction picture book by Richard Ho, illustrated by Sibert Honor winner Katherine Roy.This title has Common Core connections.