Kids are naturally curious. Give them books about something as strange and interesting as the universe and it won’t be long before the roots of adventure and exploration take root in them and grow. Nurturing lifelong curiosity and wonder in our children is so important for the future! Who knows what amazing things they will discover.
Here are the top five books I’ve found that have sparked a love for space in my own child.
The recommended ages are 7-10, but kids as young as 4 will appreciate the gorgeous diagrams and illustrations featured throughout this book. There are short summaries of the processes and images described that are perfect to read to younger children, while older children will find the language used clear and easy to understand.
This is a gorgeously detailed book, peppered with over 70 flaps to lift. Under each flap are short, cool facts to discover. This is great for kids who need a more hands-on approach to reading and learning! Usborne has a ‘light’ version of this book for younger kids (3-4 years old) called Peek Inside Space that’s less text-heavy.
The Cat in the Hat Learning Library books are an all time favorite in our house. The rhyming cadence is soothing and perfect for bedtime, and the fact that they are peppered with so much great information is an extra perk! This book has a clever little rhyme in it to remember the order of the planets in the solar system that my four year old memorized in no time flat. I think ages 3 to 8 are perfect for this one. They’ll love listening to it so much that they won’t even realize they’re learning something new!
This book is an awesome example of how powerful children’s books can be. Using incremental rhyming patterns, the author layers the events of the formation of the universe on top of each other to create a vivid map of the history of life as we know it. From the big bang all the way up to the people who walk on the earth- whose bodies are made up of the same building blocks that created the universe- making us ‘older than the stars’!
To give you the complete picture, here is the synopsis from Amazon.com: “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. ”
This is such a great book for teaching kids the power of persistence even in the face of adversity. Kids will find the look into everyday tasks and life on the space ship interesting and fall in love with the gorgeous illustrations. I think this is a great book for younger kids (ages 2-7), especially at bedtime. It’s short and soothing with a triumphantly happy ending. Perfect for sending kids off to dreamland.
Do the children in your life have any favorite books about space? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!