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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z

By: Traci N. Todd

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The alphabet is the device used to pique curiosity about astronomy, space travel and things...

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A Long Way Away: A Two-Way Story

By: Frank Viva

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Starting in space, an alien family bids adieu to their offspring (they look a lot like octopuses)...

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I Want to Be an Astronaut

By: Byron Barton

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young girl declares her longing to 'fly on the shuttle into outer space.' The familiar acts of...

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Mousetronaut

By: Mark Kelly

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mice are trained alongside human astronauts to accompany the 2001 space shuttle Endeavor mission....

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Our Stars

By: Anne Rockwell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they're far away,...

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Rocket to the Moon

By: Lerryn Korda

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lester explains the basics about the moon and space travel to Little Nye before they take off on...

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Stars

By: Mary Lyn Ray

Age Level: 3-6 years old

From tiny white strawberry blossoms in the spring to snowflakes in the winter, from the tip of a...

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Thanking the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As they did for the Lunar New Year, each family member contributes to the preparations for the mid-...

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The Planet Hunter: The Story Behind What Happened to Pluto

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Why the once-planet Pluto was demoted to a lesser planetary status is explained in readable text...

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What's Out There? A Book About Space

By: Lynn Wilson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What is the sun made of? What causes night and day? Why does the moon change shape? Colorful...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Full Moon Is Rising

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Come along on a whirlwind tour of the world to discover an amazing collection of full moon...

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Faces of the Moon

By: Bob Crelin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A rhyming text in an intriguing format introduces the moon's cyclical nature — its phases. An...

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Get Outside: The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors

By: Jane Drake, Ann Love

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Outdoor adventures await adults and children throughout the year. Illustrated, easy to follow...

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Her Seven Brothers

By: Paul Goble

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A retelling of the Cheyenne legend about the creation of the Big Dipper. A young Indian girl who...

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How the Stars Fell into the Sky

By: Jerrie Oughton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Richly hued illustrations are used to show how First Woman tried to guide humans by providing...

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I, Galileo

By: Bonnie Christensen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The voice of an old, blind Galileo Galilei is used to look back on a life that started in Pisa...

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Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

By: Robert Burleigh

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet Henrietta Leavitt, a 19th century pioneer for women in science. From careful observations,...

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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

By: Brian Floca

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the moon's surface...

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

By: Jennifer Berne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As a child, he was a late talker but as he grew up, Albert Einstein never stopped asking questions...

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Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space

By: Amy Sklansky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poems combine with information and evocative illustrations to create a sense of wonder about space...

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Stargazers

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A series of star-spattered night skies done in rich blues and purples gives this introduction to...

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Starry Sky

By: Kate Hayden , Deborah Lock

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From DK Readers allow beginning readers, learn about constellations, galleries, stars, the Sun, and...

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Stars

By: Seymour Simon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Do aliens come from the stars? What is that twinkling out there? How long does it take for a...

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The Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

By: Joseph Bruchac, Gayle Ross

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Have you ever wondered how the Milky Way came to be? According to a Cherokee legend, it started...

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The Moon Book

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This introductory book offers young children information about the moon: its orbit and phases, its...

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The Sky Is Full of Stars

By: Franklyn Branley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Young stargazers learn about different star colors and brightness, how to locate major...

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The Stunning Science of Everything: Science with the Squishy Bits Left In

By: Nick Arnold, Tony De Saulles

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated young scientists will enjoy dipping in and out of this funny but edifying...

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Zoo in the Sky

By: Jacqueline Mitton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Take an illuminating ride through the starry night sky with this book from National Geographic....

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earth’s Closest Companion

By: Elaine Scott

Age Level: 9-12 years old

People have always been fascinated by the moon. Since Galileo, humans have walked on the moon,...

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Find the Constellations

By: H.A. Rey

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This classic book includes star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons...

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The Mighty Mars Rovers

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This book tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes — and heart — of...

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Join Minli as she journeys to save her village and her family from a dreary fate by seeking out the...

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More great literacy resources for parents from Reading Rockets

Read Aloud Tips

Read Aloud Tips

Read aloud every day with your child and talk about what you're reading. These two simple activities help build your child's vocabulary and comprehension skills.

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Downloadables

Downloadables

Download these colorful ready-to-print lunch box notes, play date cards, and door hangers for the kids in your life.

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