Space the last frontier; In a galaxy far far away! It’s already got your attention and it’s one of the themes that captures the attention of many children as they are toddlers and preschoolers. I remember my eldest had a toy rocket and we used to zoom off to wonderful planets to explore. Now he’s got Star Wars toys and the house becomes the Millenium Falcon as him and his friends battle the dark side. Even as an adult I look out of my window and wonder what is actually out there it’s so big and vast. One of the ways that you encourage children to want to learn to read and to love reading is taking an interest from somewhere else and expanding and developing it further. So I’ve searched our bookshelves, looked back at the reading logs and library loans and come up with these Cosmic Space Books for your Fledgling Astronauts.
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Non-Fiction Space Books
I always seem to start off my book lists with some of my favourite book based series and this one will be no exception. The National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space is an ideal introduction to space and the universe for little ones.
We only recently discovered the Cat in the Hat library and my youngest who loves rhymes and is a fan of the Dr Seuss books loves this series that combines rhymes and facts together There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System has been a favourite to read whilst she is interested in space and the solar system.
Sometimes you want a book in your collection that will last and although this is a colouring book it is one with a difference as it includes facts and information about the universe and outer space as well. My First Book About Outer Space is aimed at older children but reading aloud and colouring together you can read and enjoy it with preschoolers onwards.
Why does the moon change shape? Just one of the questions that is answered in Whats Out There?: A Book about Space an ideal early years non-fiction book about space and some of the interesting things that happen and appear.
Although this is a fairly short book Astronomy For Kids: Planets, Stars and Constellations (only 40 pages on Kindle) it is packed with bright pictures with interesting facts about space. Pair it with some of the more in-depth non-fiction books and you and your child will quickly learn more and more about space.
If you have a little engineer in the making as well as your mini astronaut then Think like an Astronaut! How Do Rockets Work? is the book for them. With a way of explaining rocket science so that preschoolers can understand it you know, it’s going to be a hit with them.
Use Planets and Solar System for Kids with your kids on a camping trip or even laying out on an evening in the backyard and see how many constellations you can spot together. This book goes through them and is full of interesting facts that kids will love to learn.
This book is a bridge between non-fiction and fiction as the concept of space travel over the distances covered is not possible at the moment so fiction but the information presented is non-fiction. Interstellar Space Journey: Space Book for Kids takes the concept of space journeys and helps to explain it and what it would entail in terms that young children can understand.
Fiction books that are out of this world
If you are a fan of the There was an old woman who swallowed a…. series of books then you really must read aloud There Was an Old Martian Who Swallowed the Moon with fun illustrations and silly rhymes and words it’s a fun way to read about the space and make your toddlers and preschoolers laugh.
Join the animal crew of Roaring Rockets Amazing Machines as they race and roar through space in this colourful and fun book for your preschoolers and toddlers to enjoy having read to them. Watch how quickly they pick up the story and start reading it aloud with you as well.
Books that feature favourite characters are always a hit and one of my children’s favourites thanks to Disney is Curious George. In Curious George Discovers the Stars is great especially if you can catch the matching episode on TV. With different facts for different ages, you can introduce the book early and then increase the reading as your child grows and their language skills develop.
If you like us love everything Mickey Mouse then this classic picture book Mickey Mouse and His Spaceship is one that you should get. First published in the 1950’s and featuring Mickey and Donald zoom off into space with the pair and have a fun adventure.
What happens when the Berenstain Bears head into space – well in The Berenstain Bears on the Moon they have fun with no gravity, see what happens with there are meteors and love playing around with moon rocks. If your children like Berenstain Bears then this is a great space-themed book with enough facts to make the fun story a little more realistic as you read it.
Books on Space for Babies and Toddlers
Even the youngest toddler and baby can be captured by space, the pretty colours of the planets, the contrast of the bright white stars on the blackness and they love to listen to your talk and read
Are We There Yet? All About the Planet Jupiter! is a fact based book for young toddlers and babies – take a journey to the largest planet in the solar system and read together about the strange and wonderful planet.
Full of rhymes and one that you could even sing Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!: I’m off to the moon! is ideal for young toddlers or babies and you to read together. The illustrations are bright and colourful and with rhyming words it’s great for early language skills as well.
In this Halloween-themed Space book – because why not! Space Case the little alien visits earth on Halloween and has lots of fun as it’s mistaken for all sorts of different things. Colourful, funny book for young preschoolers and toddlers.
Space Books for your early readers
If you have a child that is learning to read combined with an interest in space then National Geographic Readers: Planets is one to get hold of, whether you buy or borrow from your library this book is written in simple text but provides great facts about the planets in our solar system.
In this Level 1 Ready to read book Ralph and the Rocket Ship you and your early reader can follow along as Katy and her pal Ralph head off into space.
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