Space booklist

Exploring new worlds with your family is easy with our list of books broken down by age range.

Baby to 3

Baby Brains Baby Brains
Simon James

Meet the extraordinary Baby Brains! He reads the paper, mends the car and works as a doctor at the hospital. He’s so clever that some scientists ask him to go on their next space mission. And that’s when Baby Brains shows that in one way at least he’s like every other baby in the world: he wants his mummy!

Wonderwise: What's Up?: A book about the sky and space Wonderwise: What's Up?: A book about the sky and space
Mick Manning

What's Up? takes you on a journey of discovery up to the stars and beyond. Join two inquisitive children who travel higher and higher as they zoom past towering skyscrapers, gigantic mountains, jumbo jets, satellites and stars - until at last the two friends find out what really is up there. But then how do they get down?

The Way Back Home The Way Back Home
Oliver Jeffers

One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up and away he flies, past clouds and stars until suddenly, phut, phut phut, the plane runs out of petrol and the boy crash lands on the moon. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a Martian appears from the darkness – could this be the start of an unlikely friendship? And will the boy ever manage to get home again?

Age 3 to 5

Monkey on the Moon Monkey on the Moon
Illustrated by Nicola Anderson, Text by Jonathan Litton

Blast off into outer space with the crazy crew in this intergalactic pop-up extravaganza. With a host of kooky characters and an exciting pop-up surprise on every page, this book is an exciting adventure for fun-loving little ones from here to infinity!

Big Book of Stars and Planets Big Book of Stars and Planets
Emily Bone, Illustrated by Fabiano Fiorin

Discover the wonders of space in this incredible picture book, with giant fold-out pages to satisfy the curiosity of every young space enthusiast. From the Sun and planets in our Solar System, to massive stars and enormous galaxies, there’s a whole universe to discover. Shortlisted for the Royal Society’s Young People’s Boom Prize 2014.

We’re Off to Look for Aliens We’re Off to Look for Aliens
Colin McNaughton

Comic close encounters of the alien kind in this innovative picture book, which contains a special surprise! Dad's new book has just arrived and the children are sitting down to read his latest adventure... Blasting off into space, Dad's on the hunt for aliens. He meets lots of them – cute, hairy, bug-eyed and scary – and, strangest of all, he falls in love. Dad brings his alien girl back to Earth, where they have a family and live happily ever after. When Dad's book is finished, the family are amused … because it's an extra-terrestrial, extra-true story – all about them!

Age 5 to 7

Star Attack! Star Attack!
Lucy Courtenay

What’s black and white, and flies faster than the speed of light? The Space Penguins! In Star Attack! the crew of the Tunafish pick up a distress signal from a cargo craft, there’s snow time to lose. This hilarious Space Penguin adventure is sure to appeal to young boys. Full of humour, fishy goings on and adventure this is a fantastic series that will tickle even reluctant boy readers.

See inside the Universe See inside the Universe
Alex Frith, Illustrated by Lee Cosgrove

What’s the universe made of? Where did everything come from? Lift the flaps in this fascinating book to reveal some of the amazing discoveries that astronomers and physicists have made in their quest to unlock the mysteries of the Universe. Curious young minds will be fascinated to discover planets, stars and galaxies and explore intergalactic space, with over 70 flaps to lift. Includes explanations of some of the biggest questions in the universe, including ‘What happened during the Big Bang?’ and ‘What lies out in the far reaches of space?’. A mind-expanding book sure to fascinate young space enthusiasts.

Stink: Solar System Superhero Stink: Solar System Superhero
Megan McDonald and Peter H. Reynolds

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a falling leaf? A speck of dust? A speeding mosquito? No, it’s Stink Moody, Solar System Superhero! When Stink learns that Pluto has flunked out of the Milky Way for being too shrimpy, he feels like he might just explode with a Big Bang. He has no choice but to take a stand for the sake of little planets (and little people) everywhere. Will our humble hero, Stink Moody, be smart enough to defeat a panel of big-shot scientists? Will Stink succeed in rescuing Pluto from a fate worse than being swallowed by a black hole? Start the countdown for a funny (and very informative) out-of-this-world adventure - and prepare to have your universe rocked!

The Boy who Climbed Into the Moon The Boy who Climbed Into the Moon
David Almond and Polly Dunbar

A magnificent tale of crackpot notions and sky-high courage – from David Almond, the master of magical realism, with illustrations by the award-winning Polly Dunbar. Paul believes that the moon is not the moon, but is a great hole in the sky. It’s one of many strange ideas that he’s never told anyone until he meets Molly, his irrepressible neighbour, who begins to convince him that his theory might just change the world. Helped by a very long ladder, some highly irregular characters, two rather worried parents and a great deal of community spirit, Paul takes to the sky. But his astonishing discovery there can’t keep him away for long – what is waiting for him back at home is turning out to be better than he’d ever imagined…

Age 7 to 11

The Story of Astronomy and Space The Story of Astronomy and Space
Louie Stowell, Illustrated by Peter Allen

The story of space exploration and the mysteries of astronomy retold with fabulous illustrations and photographs and clear, informative text. Packed with scientific facts about the solar system, comets, the Big Bang theory, telescopes, and space exploration, while amusing diagrams make complex ideas easy to understand. Also includes star charts, a glossary and astronomy timeline, and internet links to recommended websites with the latest information about astronomy and space. Shortlisted for The Royal Society’s Young People’s Book Prize 2011.

Ark Angel Ark Angel
Anthony Horowitz

The action-packed adventure in the number one bestselling Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Teenage spy Alex has a chance encounter with the son of multi-billionaire Nikolei Drevin. Soon Alex finds himself in the middle of an international crime hunt. The connection – Ark Angel, a revolutionary space hotel with catastrophic potential.

The Alien Moon The Alien Moon
Alex Milway

Deep in space, the members of the Mythical 7th Division have got a problem – they're being beseiged by invisible monsters. Multiplying at a rate of knots, the monsters are destroying everything in their path on a collision course with Earth. World destruction looks inevitable, but the monsters haven't factored a crack troop of yetis in their plans... With comic strip and illustration throughout.

The Great Space Race The Great Space Race
Joshua Mowll

The Crankshaws have finally hit rock bottom. And although Dad’s Soviet fighter jet-propelled BBQ may well be the planet’s most innovative solution to fast food, it is not the family’s ticket out of financial doom and gloom. So it is that fourteen-year-old Ace Crankshaw devises a secret money-making scheme of his own. He will enter and win the most sensational race the world has ever seen! Zircon’s Great Space Race! With Barry (a monkey-toy robot) for technical support, Jake (his fart-brewing best mate) on rocket research duties and their arch-enemy, Zack Zircon, running the gig … what on Earth could possibly go wrong?

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