Reviewed Children’s Books alphabetically by author
Aldrin, Buzz. Look to the Stars (2009). Aldrin puts the accomplishments of Apollo into the personal and historical context of the human quest to reach the stars.
Aldrin, Buzz. Reaching for the Moon (2005). Captures the spirit of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a genuine American hero who shows how to pursue dreams with determination, strength, and persistence.
Bova, Ben, and Michael Carroll, Jim Denney, Marianne Dyson, Brian Enke, Tom Hill, Rebecca Rowe. The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars (2013). Ten short stories about three teen/tweens who get into all sorts of mischief at a near-future Mars settlement.
Bredeson, Carmen. NASA Planetary Spacecraft (2000). Provides kids a great introduction to the planets and moons in our solar system via images returned by spacecraft.
Brin, David. Sky Horizon (2007). A back story for an upcoming series, Colony High, about teenagers struggling to survive on another world.
Chrismer, Melanie. Mars (Updated Edition) (2008). A great first introduction to the red planet for new readers.
Daley, Michael J. Shanghaied to the Moon (2007). An excellent science fiction adventure appropriate for middle grade and young adult readers.
DeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami. A Black Hole Is Not a Hole (2012). Excellent factual book about these mysterious objects, beautifully illustrated by Michael Carroll.
DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember (2004). Two preteens struggle to find a way past the unbroken blackness that surrounds their self-contained city before the generator that sustains them fails.
Dyson, Marianne. Home on the Moon (2003). Describes the resources on the Moon and walks students through what it would take to establish a lunar settlement, while adeptly providing young readers the technical information required in real-life terms they can easily understand.
Dyson, Marianne. Space Station Science (2004). A must for families with space-happy kids. With easy-to-understand explanations and wonderful illustrations, it covers getting there, coming home, and everything in between.
Halpern, Paul. Faraway Worlds (2004). Explore and imagine living on worlds around distant stars through this fantastically illustrated and superbly written book.
Hehner, Barbara. First on the Moon (2000). This book provides an up-close look at what an astronaut would see from the surface of the Moon, and also an excellent source of historical information for young students.
Hickam, Homer. Crater (2013). Crater is the name of a 16-year-old miner who must trek a thousand miles across the Moon in the company of his boss’s granddaughter.
Hunter, Ryan Ann. Robots Slither (2005). A rhyming picture book that provides an overview of the types of modern robots and is fun to read, with sidebars that provide plenty of facts that should entice kids to embrace a future full of friendly robots.
Krokos, Dan. The Planet Thieves (2013). A fast-paced space adventure with characters designed to appeal to teen readers.
Lee, Pascal. Mission: Mars (2013). This wonderfully-illustrated children’s book is packed with clear explanations, fun-to-know facts about Mars, and personal tips about exploration from one of NASA’s top planetary scientists.
Lewis, J. Patrick. Galileo’s Universe (2005). An amazing “pop-up” biography of one of humanity’s most important scientists.
Mandell, Robert, and Larry Niven. Ringworld: A Graphic Novel, Part 1 (2014). A young adults graphic novel adaptation of the first half of Larry Niven’s award-winning novel, Ringworld.
McGranaghan, John. Meet the Planets (2011). Enjoy a Favorite Planet Competition with captivating illustrations and lively and accurate text for ages 5 and up.
McGranaghan, John. Saturn for My Birthday (2008). A playful and engaging book about the planet Saturn for young children and their parents to enjoy together.
Nagata, Linda. Skye Object 3270A (2010). Teens bungee jumping from a space elevator, exploring a planet with hostile alien animals, and solving the mystery of how one girl became the sole survivor of an alien attack are all part of this book.
Puttock, Simon. Earth to Stella (2006). Who wants to go to bed when there is a universe to explore?
Ralles, H. J. Darok 9 (2002). In a future where the human survivors of a devastated Earth live in “Daroks” on the Moon, a scientist holds the key to survival.
Reid, Peter, and Tim Goddard. LEGO Space: Building the Future (2013). A combination coffee table book and picture story book that tells a tale of humanity’s future spaceward expansion using only LEGO blocks. LEGO building instructions are included.
Regan, Diane Curtis. Space Boy and His Dog (2015). A young boy and his dog and robot “fly” their cardboard spaceship to the Moon on an imaginative “mission” to rescue a lost cat.
Rockcliff, Mara. Pieces of Another World (2005). A heart-warming story that will educate and excite children to watch the sky for meteors and encourage parents to observe with their children.
Rollerston-Cummins, Toni. The Seven Stars of Matariki (2008). This picture book is excellent for sharing another culture and also the wonder of the night sky with children.
Saucier, C. A. P. Explore the Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson (2015). Part of the book series “A Space Science Jouney,” this book intertwines space science with biographical information about astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Schorer, Lonnie Jones. Kids to Space (2006). What is the recipe for the ultimate space reference book? Take 6,000 students, 18,000 of their questions, and 83 experts to answer them.
Steele, Allen. Apollo’s Outcasts (2012). A book for young adults about living on the Moon that gets the science right and includes an engrossing, well-crafted story.
Thimmesh, Catherine. Team Moon (2006). With breathtaking photos and a lively text, Team Moon will hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader as it relates behind-the-scene stories of Apollo 11. For ages 10+.
Turner, Pamela S. Life on Earth – and Beyond (2008). Inspiring account of scientist Chris McKay’s search for life in extreme environments.
Van Cleave, Janice. Engineering for Every Kid (2007). “Should be a required textbook at every elementary school in the country.”
Young, Karen Romano. Blast Off Doodle Book (2015). A perfect activity book for future space artists and engineers that will engage kids in imagining their future in aviation and space.
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