Read these astronaut books for kids to get their imaginations going and dream big dreams.
Does you child dream of traveling large distances?
Do they dream of exploring space and the unknown?
This week I’m joining up with some fellow bloggers to create a rounded astronaut unit study about astronauts, moon and space… right up my boys’ alley!
You can find these children’s astronaut books for kids at your local library or purchase through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Astronaut Books for Kids
With lively illustrations by award-winning artist C. F. Payne, Mousetronaut is a charming tale of perseverance, courage, and the importance of the small!
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.
Experience a day in the life of an astronaut!
Each story focuses on a different character as they go about their daily work.
But each day holds a new challenge for these busy people…
Next Steps are included at the back of the book to prompt further discussion and develop vocabulary as well as information about the characters who work alongside the protagonists.
Written in the second person, the text allows the reader to participate in every aspect of the journey, from packing (“don’t forget your diary and plenty of food”) to liftoff (at first you’ll feel heavy; don’t worry”) to traveling through space (where “the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky”).
The reader lands at the Sea of Tranquility, the site of the first lunar landing.
Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Meghan McCarthy blasts readers off to astronaut school in her new, young, nonfiction picture book.
Meghan McCarthy has created the perfect book to share with children who want to be astronauts when they grow up.
Filled with details, and vividly brought to life, this is an adventure that you are never going to forget.
As we look back to the beginnings of the space race, we also forward to humankind’s next step toward the stars.
In the spirit of books that once imagined colonies on the moon, Patrick O’Brien has created a unique look at your first trip to Mars.
Using the most up-to-date designs and theories of what it will take to establish a base on Mars, you are off on an incredible journey, over 35 million miles to the red planet.
From picture-book master Byron Barton, this is the perfect story for young readers who love outer space and want to know more about how NASA astronauts do their job.
Up into the sky goes the space shuttle!
Once in orbit, the astronauts get a taste of ready-to-eat food, experience zero gravity, go for space walks, and even fix a satellite.
Rockets have power. They rise and roar. This rocket’s waiting, ready to soar.
Rockets carry astronauts with cool, white suits oxygen helmets and gravity boots.
Blast off with more out-of-this-world couplets!
This time it is machines that fly.
In bright and bold illustrations that are as witty as the text, the animal crew roars and whizzes into outer space.
A countdown from twelve to one as a space shuttle awaits liftoff.
Readers are invited to find hidden numbers on an illustrated activity page.
Blast off into space! Eight planets revolve around our sun, and we’re going to visit them, one by one.
By lifting the flaps, young children will embark on a cosmic adventure.
They’ll visit hot, dry Mercury; red, glowing Mars; and storm-ravaged Jupiter, just to name a few.
Featuring friendly rhyming verses with simple facts about each planet, and Salina Yoon’s fun and cheerful illustrations, this is the perfect fun introduction to the solar system.
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.
Like these astronaut books? Find even more interesting book lists for kids on Mommy Evolution!
ASTRONAUT, MOON AND SPACE Unit STUDY RESOURCES
In addition to offering recommendations of astronaut books for children, I’ve teamed up with some fellow bloggers to offer you homeschool and in-class resources to teach kids about astronauts, moon and space! This unit study may contain affiliate links.
- Space Theme Preschool Classroom Lesson Plans
- Outer Space Themed Brain Break Cards
- Space Theme Home Preschool Lesson Plan
- Dramatic Play Space Center
- Space Writing Journal Prompts
For further unit study resources, consider the following:
10 Fun Children’s Books about Space from Crafty Mama in ME
Learning about the Solar System for Kids from Look! We’re Learning!
Melted Bead Planet Mobile from Schooling a Monkey
Stargazing Apps for Kids from iGameMom
Space sensory salt tray activities from The Usual Mayhem
How to Spot Meteors When Camping from FrogMom
Galaxy Art & Science from Preschool Powol Packets
International Space Station Unit from Bambini Travel
Night Sky Printable Activity from CraftCreateCalm
Outer Space Coloring Pages from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
Kids’ Books about Mars from Books and Giggles
Outer Space Word Search from The Letters of Literacy
Astronaut Ten Frame Matching Game from The Kindergarten Connection
Armstrong Air and Space Museum Wapakoneta, OH from Something 2 Offer
Moon Word Search from Tales of Education at Home
Astronomy for Kids: The Moon from Planet Smarty Pants