11 Children’s Books About Stars and Space

Enjoy a little late-summer stargazing with your children. Here are eleven books to inspire children to search the night sky for the big dipper or pretend to travel to the moon.

The kids each chose constellations to create on their ceilings with glow-in-the-dark stars. My daughter chose Cassiopeia and the big dipper.

Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton. Bad rhyming books make me cringe. This is not one of those books. Roaring Rockets is a fantastic rhyming book about a trip to the moon that is very fun to read aloud. Ages 3+

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. This lovely, simple story introduces kids to the fact that the moon waxes and wanes. Ages 3+



The Big Dipper by Franklyn Branley and Molly Coxe. The Big Dipper is the perfect introduction to identifying constellations. This book clearly explains how to identify the big dipper, little dipper, great bear, little bear, and north star. Ages 3+

How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort and James Ransome. I like that this book conveys the awesomeness of gazing at a star-filled sky, without any need to identify constellations or moon phases. In this story, a boy and his father drive to the country and sleep under the stars. Ages 4+

If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty and Steve Kellogg. An engaging introduction to space travel and the moon. “If you decide to go to the moon in your own rocket ship, read this book before your start” this book begins. If You Decide to Go to the Moon encourages kids to pretend to go to the moon. Ages 4+

Stars by Steve Tomecek and Sachiko Yoshikawa. A well written non-fiction book about stars. In Stars, kids learn where stars go in the daytime, what stars are made of, and why some stars are brighter than others. Ages 4+

To Space and Back by Sally Ride and Susan Okie. While newer books about space have more impressive photographs, this first-hand account of astronaut Sally Ride’s trip to space in 1983 captivated my kids. My kids especially enjoyed Sally Ride’s account of a fellow astronaut guiding a floating ball of orange juice around the spacecraft with a straw. Ages 5+

Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit. Zoo in the Sky combines gorgeous illustrations of animal constellations with short stories about each constellation. E.g. “The great bear quietly pads her way around the North Pole of the sky. Every day she makes the trip.” See also the companion book Once Upon a Starry Night: A Book of Constellations which describes Casseopeia, Orion, Andromeda, etc. Ages 5+

Our Stars by Anne Rockwell. A collection of pictures and simple statements about stars and space. E.g. “Streaks of light that look like faraway fireworks are meteors. We call them shooting stars.” and “Our moon seems to change its shape each night, but it doesn’t. It is always round. We just can’t see all of it.” While each statement is simple, I recommend this book for older kids because this book covers a lot of material. Ages 5+

The Moon by Seymour Simon. The Moon combines stunning photographs of the moon with great information. Ages 6+

Find the Constellations, Second Edition by H. A. Rey. If you or your child wants to learn to identify the constellations, this is the book for you. Find the Constellations very thoughtfully introduces kids to the constellations, beginning with the big dipper. This book includes quizzes that are progressively more challenging, from identifying constellations with lines to identifying constellations without lines to picking out constellations in illustrations of the entire night sky. Ages 8+

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8 Responses to 11 Children’s Books About Stars and Space

  1. Mike Doughty says:

    Hi where did you get the book Cassiopeia and the big dipper

  2. Rheya says:

    What a great list! I’ve read most of the books on here, with my kids, and we really enjoyed them. I ran across Through The Milky Way on a PB&J recently and it was a fantastic space book for kids.

  3. Zoe says:

    A great round up – thanks for sharing today as part of the space themed carnival.

  4. Book Nerd says:

    What a great idea! I think the fall is the best time for these books and the glow in the dark stars are appreciated by my kids as well.

  5. Hi, thanks for participating in this weeks Book Review Blog Carnival (http://manoflabook.com/wp/?p=2899, please check it out and let your followers know.

  6. Aleacia says:

    I found your blog through Parents.com
    I just want to say thank you for this blog!
    I take my girls to the library weekly and we are always looking for fun new books to read!
    Following! :)

  7. Oh wow, this looks really great. I’m so glad whenever you kind of lump together books of the same theme and provide little snippets from each book. Such a condensed way of reviewing – little teasers that would kind of pique your readers’ interest. Nicely done!

    Out of all the books you shared, I think I’d enjoy “How many stars in the sky?” the most. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amy says:

      Thanks for the nice comment! I try to think about what information would help me choose a book to read about a particular topic and know that I rarely have the time to read lengthy book reviews. -Amy

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