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The Skies Above My Eyes

by Charlotte Gullain

Have you ever looked up and wondered what's going on high up in the skies above your eyes? Take a journey up into the air, through the atmosphere, way out into space and back down to Earth in this richly illustrated concertina book.

A Cat's Guide to the Night Sky

by Stuart Atkinson 

If you look up at the sky on a dark night, what do you see? In the company of Felicity the cat discover the phases of the moon, the constellations and how to spot the Northern Lights and the Milky Way. This beautiful book will introduce you to the beauty of the night sky.

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Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum

Discover the incredible story of the search for life on Mars, told from the unique perspective of Curiosity, the Mars Rover sent to explore the red planet. Stylish illustrations and diagrams reveal how a robot travelled 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet where no human has ever been.

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Professor Astro Cats Frontiers of Space by Ben Newman

Professor Astro Cat is the smartest cat in the alley. He's got a degree in just about every discipline under the sun! Speaking of the sun, he happens to be specialist on that too! Take a journey to the very frontiers of space and find out everything there is to know about Space!

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Laika the Astronaut Dog

by Owen Davey

Laika is a stray dog living on the streets of Moscow when she is chosen to be the first ever animal launched into orbit. But her rocket disappears, and everyone thinks Laika is lost forever. In this imaginative take on a true story, Laika is rescued by new owners and finds the perfect home on a planet far, far away.

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Beegu 

by Alexis Deacon

Beegu is not supposed to be on Earth. She is lost. She is a friendly little creature, but the Earth People don't seem very welcoming at all. However, so far she has only met the BIG ones. The little ones are a different matter . . .

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Man On The Moon 

by Simon Bartram

Bob is everyone's favourite man on the moon; follow him on his daily adventures. Bob has a special job - looking after the moon. He keeps it clean and entertains passing space tourists as well as giving guided tours. He knows everything about the moon and that there is definitely no such thing as aliens!...

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The Usborne Book of the Moon by Laura Cowan

Welcome to the story of our Moon - a story of Moon dust and Moon rabbits, cheese and astronauts, deep thoughts and bold plans. Read, dream and wonder as you discover ancient legends about the Moon's creation, meet the very first astronomers and learn about the Space Race.

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The Way Back Home 

by Oliver Jeffers

Once there as a boy, and one day, he found an aeroplane in his cupboard. He thought he’d take it out for a go right away. At first, all went well and the plane flew higher and higher and higher until suddenly, with a splutter, it ran out of petrol. The boy was stuck on the moon and he was not alone.

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Mae Among the Stars

by Roda Ahmed

When Mae was a child, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Mae's curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

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Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly 

In this beautifully illustrated picture book, we explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging career and help launch astronauts into Space.

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Star in the Jar by Sam Hay

When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. Together with his big sister, he takes his special treasure with him everywhere. But the poor star is sad and misses its home...Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back?

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Space Tortoise by Ross Montgomery

Tortoise is lonely - he's never seen any other tortoises. Then, one day, he looks up and the night sky, and sees a million blinking lights winking at him. "That must be where the other tortoises are!" But how can a little tortoise get to the top of the sky? And so a magical journey begins...

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Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Our world can be a bewildering place. So let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind. Here We Are is the utterly heartfelt new book from Oliver Jeffers.

Life on Earth: Space 

by Heather Alexander 

How old is the universe? What was the Big Bang? How does space travel work? Find out in this interactive book with 100 questions and answers and 70 flaps to lift. 

Once Upon a Star

by James Carter

Discover the origins of the universe and how our solar system was formed. The poetic verse takes the reader on an immersive journey through space and time, illuminated by striking illustrations. The worlds of poetry and non-fiction collide to create a beautiful book about our Sun.

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How To Catch a Star 

by Oliver Jeffers

There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend. So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…

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Sidney, Stella and the Moon 

by Emma Yarlett

When twins Sidney and Stella argue over a ball, it bounces out of the window and knocks down the Moon! The siblings search for a replacement until Sidney stumbles on a glowing wheel of cheese. After a brief struggle, the children successfully launch the new "Moon" into the sky. Will anybody notice?

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A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade

Pluto got the shock of his life when his planet status was stripped away. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids and meteoroids. He doesn't fit in anywhere! Will he ever find his place? This feel-good picture book combines facts with themes of self discovery, acceptance, and friendship.

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Spectacular Space

by James Olstein

Odd Science: Spectacular Space is filled with weird and wacky facts that you've never heard before. Read about the first flower grown in space, wonder at the tallest mountain in the solar system and tell your friends that Saturn could float in water! Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn. 

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The Big Beyond: A Story of Space Travel

by James Carter

Get ready for blast-off with this fast-paced poem that’s all about space travel. From the early humans who dreamt of wings to the Moon landing, and from spacecraft exploring Mars to the future beyond… 

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Star Seeker

by Theresa Heine

Journey through the night sky on a poetic journey that blends adventure, imagination and science to teach the basics of our solar system. Includes endnotes about the planets, stars, moons and constellations - and even a little mythology!

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What Miss Mitchell Saw

by Hayley Barrett

Every evening, Maria Mitchell stood on her rooftop with her telescope and swept the sky. And then one night she saw something unusual - a comet no one had ever seen before! Miss Mitchell’s discovery made her famous and paved the way for her to become America’s first professional female astronomer.

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A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars by Seth Fishman

The playful illustrations and friendly, straightforward voice illuminate some of the biggest numbers in the universe--a hundred billion trillion stars--and the smallest--one unique and special YOU. Here is a book for story time, for science time, for math time, and all the times in between.

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