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Children’s Videos and Books About Space

There are so many books that will help your children learn about the universe around them and it is hard to even know where to begin!  Here is a list of videos and books about space from some of our favorite series along with some other highly recommended books!  In each section, they are roughly ordered from preschool to older learners.  At the end, I include a hands-on activity we did a few years ago that was a big hit!

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Science-based Stories About Space

Dr. Seuss There’s No Place Like Space: The Cat in the Hat returns to take Sally and her brother to outer space.  He teaches them about the sun, moon, stars and the planets.  This is a great book for younger children.

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There's No Place Like Space! All About Our Solar System (The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Rabe, Tish (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 10/26/1999 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

The Magic School Bus Series has several books about space:

Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk: Preschool – 3rd grade, 32 pages

Magic School Bus Presents Our Solar System: Grades 1 – 3, 32 pages (This is actually non-fiction, but wanted to keep it with the other Magic School Bus books.)

Magic School Bus Rides Again: Satellite Space Mission: Grades 1 – 3, 96 pages

Magic School Bus: Space Explorers: Grades 2 – 5, 96 pages

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The Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk (Scholastic Reader, Level 2)
  • Joanna Cole (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 05/01/2007 (Publication Date) - Cartwheel Books (Publisher)
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The Magic School Bus Presents: Our Solar System: A Nonfiction Companion to the Original Magic School Bus Series
  • Jackson, Tom (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 06/24/2014 (Publication Date) - Scholastic Nonfiction (Publisher)
Satellite Space Mission (The Magic School Bus Rides Again) (4)
  • Anderson, AnnMarie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages - 07/31/2018 (Publication Date) - Scholastic Inc. (Publisher)
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THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS CHAPTER BOOK #04: SPACE EXPLORERS
  • Eva Moore (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 52 Pages - 01/01/2000 (Publication Date) - Scholastic (Publisher)

Magic Tree House: Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House is always one of our favorites.

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Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 8)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 80 Pages - 10/29/1996 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

The Mission Possible Mystery at Space Center Houston  We love the America’s National Mystery Book Series and were excited to find this one!

The Mission Possible Mystery at Space Center Houston (Real Kids! Real Places! (Paperback))
  • Marsh, Carole (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 145 Pages - 09/01/2009 (Publication Date) - Carole Marsh Books (Publisher)

Choose Your Own Adventure: Space and Beyond and Choose Your Own Adventure: Moon Quest are great for children ages 9-12 and we have even used this series for read alouds earlier than that.

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Space and Beyond (Choose Your Own Adventure #3)
  • SPACE AND BEYOND
  • R. A. MONTGOMERY
  • CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE 3
  • R. A. Montgomery (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Moon Quest (Choose Your Own Adventure #26)
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Anson Montgomery (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 09/01/2008 (Publication Date) - Chooseco (Publisher)

George’s Secret Key to the Universe is the first is a series of six adventure books that teach a lot about our solar system and computing.  Written for 3rd-7th grades.  We enjoyed this series as read alouds in our homeschool.

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George's Secret Key to the Universe
  • Hawking, Stephen (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 336 Pages - 05/19/2009 (Publication Date) - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

Ad for Listening to Learn Solar System resource with name of resource and four printable pages from it.

Non-fiction Books About Space

Moonshot:The Flight of Apollo 11 is a picture book written in rhyme that young children will enjoy and even older children will learn from.

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Library Book: Moonshot
  • Hardcover Book
  • National Geographic Learning (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 06/23/2010 (Publication Date) - National Geographic School Pub (Publisher)

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race You may have heard of this 2016 movie, (rated PG).  Here is a picture book to share this story with your children.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
  • Hardcover Book
  • Shetterly, Margot Lee (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages - 01/16/2018 (Publication Date) - HarperCollins (Publisher)

IP Factly’s Early Reader Books about Space.  There is one for each planet as well as for the sun and the moon.  You can download these for free if you have the Kindle Unlimited plan.

The Moon! Space Books for Kids. Early Reader Moon Facts, Pictures & Video Links. (Early Reader Space Books for Kids Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Factly, IP (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 63 Pages - 01/08/2014 (Publication Date) - IP Factly (Publisher)
Saturn - Space Books for Kids. Amazing Facts, Photos & Video. (Early Reader Space Books for Kids Book 5)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Factly, IP (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 46 Pages - 01/21/2014 (Publication Date) - IP Factly (Publisher)

The Best Book of Spaceships This 32 page book is appropriate for Grades 1-3.

My Best Book of Spaceships (The Best Book of)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Graham, Ian (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 09/30/1998 (Publication Date) - Kingfisher (Publisher)

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: This book can be read on its own or used with Magic Tree House Midnight on the Moon.

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Space (Magic Tree House Research Guide)
  • Mary Pope Osborne (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 02/26/2002 (Publication Date) - Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

National Geographic has many books related to space for a variety of ages including some for beginning readers.

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National Geographic Readers: Planets
  • Carney, Elizabeth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages - 07/10/2012 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Kids (Publisher)
National Geographic Kids Everything Space: Blast Off for a Universe of Photos, Facts, and Fun!
  • Becker, Helaine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 64 Pages - 09/08/2015 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Kids (Publisher)

 

The Fascinating Space Book For Kids: 500 Far Out Facts is appropriate for Grades 1-5.

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The Fascinating Space Book for Kids: 500 Far-Out Facts! (Fascinating Facts)
  • Reichley, Lisa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 214 Pages - 08/10/2021 (Publication Date) - Rockridge Press (Publisher)

 

IP Factly’s 101 Facts Series also has several space books available through Kindle Unlimited.

101 Facts… Neil Armstrong! Amazing Facts, Photos and Videos - Space Books for Kids. (101 Space Facts for Kids Book 1)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • IP Factly (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 70 Pages - 10/15/2013 (Publication Date) - IP Factly (Publisher)
101 Facts… Solar System. Space Books for Kids. Amazing Facts, Photos & Video. (101 Space Facts for Kids Book 4)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Factly, IP (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 72 Pages - 11/26/2013 (Publication Date) - IP Factly (Publisher)

 

Who Was Neil Armstrong? This is our favorite biography series and I was glad to see they had this book.

Who Was Neil Armstrong?
  • Hardcover Book
  • Edwards, Roberta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 08/28/2018 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Who Was Galileo?  If you want to study the history of space exploration, this can be a great place to start.

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Who Was Galileo?
  • Demuth, Patricia Brennan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 02/05/2015 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Where is Our Solar System?  Another book in the Who Was..? series.  Check out our FREE Unit Study based upon this book!

Where Is Our Solar System?
  • Sabol, Stephanie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 01/02/2018 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

What is NASA? This is also a Who Was…? series book.

What Is NASA? (What Was?)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Fabiny, Sarah (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 05/07/2019 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Space Race: The Story of Space Exploration to the Moon and Beyond This is a brand new book for 3rd to 6th graders.

What Is NASA? (What Was?)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Fabiny, Sarah (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 112 Pages - 05/07/2019 (Publication Date) - Penguin Workshop (Publisher)

Moon Exploration Fact and Fantasy by Dover Coloring Books High-end coloring books are a great way to learn about a subject and have a fun, hands on activity at the same time.

Moon Exploration Fact and Fantasy (Dover History Coloring Book)
  • Bruce LaFontaine (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages - 04/04/2001 (Publication Date) - Dover Publications (Publisher)

Space Videos

Magic School Bus has three episodes related to space: Gets Lost in Space (About: The Solar System), Out of this World (About: Space Rocks), and Sees Stars (About: Stars).  You can find these on youtube.com or buy a set of DVDs with all 52 episodes in the series.

The Magic School Bus: The Complete Series
  • Brand New in box. The product ships with all relevant accessories
  • Lily Tomlin, Daniel DeSanto, Erica Luttrell (Actors)
  • Larry Jacobs (Director)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: Unrated (Not Rated)

Bill Nye has several episodes about space on youtube.com as well.

Free School has videos about space on youtube.com and would be appropriate throughout elementary school.  It has text on the videos so these are great for children with weaker listening skills, but strong reading skills.

Crash Course is one of our favorite series on youtube.com starting at about 3rd grade.  They use an engaging lecture style so good listening skills are important.  They have compiled their space videos together here.

Other List of Books About Space

If you still feel like you have not found what you needed in this list, check out these two book lists as well as the rest of their sites.

Space.com: Best Kids’ Space Books for the Holidays

Planetary.org: Emily Lakdawalla’s Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2018

Hands-on Activity About Space

When my oldest was in 1st grade, we made a solar system model that we hung in his bedroom using the step-by-step instructions below.  I need to do this project again with my youngest this year!

How to Make a Solar System Mobile

Do you have a favorite resource for learning about space?  Please comment below and share it with others!

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