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Best Outer Space Books


Most children have a natural curiosity about the moon and stars and enjoy learning about the galaxy. Books about outer space make it possible for children to peek inside the world of astronomy, learn more about the universe and blast off into a new world. Here are a few of the top space books available to help kids expand their minds, imaginations and vocabularies about what lies beyond the sky.

Most Educational

Space!: The Universe as You’ve Never Seen It Before (Knowledge Encyclopedias) (Hardcover)

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“Space!” includes up-to-date information about various stars, planets and space exploration. The book covers astronomy topics from black holes to shooting stars, and includes computer-generated, 3D models showing details in oversized graphics kids will find fascinating. Data boxes and infographics teach kids even more interesting facts about the universe, and timelines enhance learning by teaching children about various cosmic events and when they occurred. The book also highlights space travel, radio astronomy and optical telescope astronomy. The reference section makes it easy to look up specific data. You will even find star charts to help locate objects in the sky by star-hopping from Northern to Southern hemispheres. It’s recommended for children ages 7 to 10 years old.

With stunning imagery, this book allows kids to get a closer look at their favorite planets. The clear and concise content teaches the basic concepts of space and is easy for young children to read aloud. Multiple facts about each planet help children learn the temperature, size, terrain and moons of different planets. Additional pages are devoted to other topics such as asteroids, dwarf planets, nebulas and comets, and the book finishes with explanations of human space travel that will have kids imagining what life might be like on the International Space Station. The illustrations are realistic and some images are actual pictures captured by probes and telescopes. It’s recommended for children ages 4 to 8.

Most Fact-Packed

Smart Kids: Space: For Kids Who Really Love Space! (Hardcover)

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“Space” teaches young readers about space shuttles, planets and even UFOs through simple text and a colorful layout. Kids will learn about various mysteries in astronomy with informative text that is easy to comprehend despite the complex subject matter. One of the main highlights of this book is the large, full-size photography, which helps children stay engaged. The font included is similar to a child’s handwriting and makes the book less intimidating. Additional graphics are included to ensure it’s a fun and interesting read from beginning to end. Specific vocabulary words related to astronomy are also highlighted to ensure readers have a truly educational experience.

Most Interactive

Astronomy for Kids: How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes! (Paperback)

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Appreciating the night sky doesn’t require expensive equipment — all kids have to do is look up! “Astronomy for Kids” teaches readers ages 7 to 13 how to get the most out of their observations of the stars above with oversized illustrations and fun facts that help them spot not just stars but planets and constellations. These pages also give readers plenty of fun facts about what they’re seeing, plus the events that can be harder to spot, like shooting stars and meteor showers. The book’s clear illustrations provide a good guide for kids who are just starting to identify what they see in the sky, and the information is well-organized and easy to follow.

Most Interesting

Space: A Visual Encyclopedia (Hardcover)

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Budding astronomers and astronauts alike will love the big, beautiful visuals in this book, including the amazing terrain of Saturn and the rocky landscape of Mars. Interviews and facts in the large photographic spreads will keep the learning going as kids peruse the detailed photographs and illustrations of space phenomenon like black holes and the Big Bang, as well as the rovers and space suits that have let humans explore parts of our galaxy. The images are detailed with sharply reproduced black backgrounds and additional fact boxes help reinforce new concepts. This book is ideal for children ages 7 to 10.

Expert Commentary

“Outer space, perhaps more than anything else, can truly spur the imagination of a child or young student. Whether through images or only words, the vastness of outer space amazed me in my own childhood, and I see the same awe in children I teach time after time. Ensuring the child learns about this vastness with relation to real-world events is a helpful way to make the learning resonate on a personal level.”

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.