STARS, SPACE & BEYOND BOOKS

Topic Books about Space and Space Travel for Children in KS2

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.

Seeing Stars

by Sara Gillingham 

This artful introduction to constellations equips children with the information they need to locate, name, and explain all 88 recognised constellations. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside information such as the 'story' (mythological or historical) behind its naming, tips on how to find it and when it is visible to view.

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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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How To Be a Space Explorer

by Lonely Planet Kids

Everything explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the important question of how to pee in a spacesuit! Unique illustrations and amazing photos show what the universe is really like.

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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.

The Story of Space 

by Catherine Barr 

This beautiful book brings to life the story of our universe for younger children. Travel back in time to the Big Bang, see galaxies and stars form, watch the birth of our planet and how life begins, join the first man on the moon, and wonder what mysteries are still waiting to be discovered.

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The Jamie Drake Equation

by Christopher Edge

Jamie Drake's dad is an astronaut and he ought to think it's cool, but he just really misses him. Hanging out at his local observatory, Jamie picks up a strange signal. It looks like it's alien life! But space is a dangerous place and when his dad's mission goes wrong, can Jamie prove that he's a hero too?

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The Moon

by Hannah Pang

For centuries, mankind has gazed up at the Moon in wonder. But how much do we know about our closest neighbour?  Discover the history of man's relationship with the Moon – the science, the myths, the facts and the fiction – and how it affects our everyday lives and the world around us.

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A Galaxy of Her Own

by Libby Jackson 

From small steps to giant leaps, A Galaxy of Her Own tells fifty stories of inspirational women who have been fundamental to the story of humans in space, from scientists to astronauts to some surprising roles in between.

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Neil Armstrong and the Moon Landings

by Izzi Howell 

Neil Armstrong & the Moon Landings brings the heady days of the space race to life, describing the exciting events that led to the great astronaut Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to set foot on the Moon.

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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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Destination: Space 

by Christoph Englert 

This journey of discovery takes you through our local solar system and beyond. With every encounter learn more about the science behind the stars, planets, meteors and comets in our sky, and the history of our universe. This Blue Peter Prize 2017 shortlisted book is the perfect introduction to space.

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See You in the Cosmos

by Jack Cheng

With a series of audio recordings, Alex will show other lifeforms what life on Earth is like. But when Alex struggles with life's big questions he is determined to find the answers. So Alex sets out on a remarkable road trip that will turn his whole world upside down ...

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Cosmic: It's One Giant Leap for all Boykind

by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up.

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The Sea of Tranquility

by Mark Haddon 

Years ago, a boy read about how astronauts had orbited the earth and walked in space. And every night he hoped that they would find a way to land on the moon. Relive the excitement of the momentous event captured through the eyes of a child in this glorious picture book. 

Space Atlas

by Tom Jackson 

What is life like on the Space Station? Can we survive on Mars? Just how big is the universe anyway? This ultimate guide to our galaxy answers all these questions and more while exploring the far reaches of space, from our own planet to neutron stars, thousands of light years away.

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The Science of Spacecraft

by Alex Woolf

This fascinating guide explores the many different kinds of spacecraft in use today, from the artificial satellites that orbit Earth to the probes that explore the furthest reaches of our solar system. It covers how they are built, how they navigate and communicate, and what operations they perform as they travel.

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Hello, is this Planet Earth?

by Tim Peake

Based on over 150 of Tim’s stunning photographs that he took on board the international space station, this lavish collection showcases the beauty of earth from above, and is the perfect visual time capsule of Tim’s remarkable trip, which captured the imaginations of millions of children across the world.

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Astronaut's Handbook

by Louie Stowell

Discover how you become an astronaut, the training you must undertake, how you travel into space and what you do when you're up there. With a foreword from ESA astronaut Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station.

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Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

by Dara O Briain

Comedian Dara O Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space in this hilarious, interesting and captivating exploration of space.

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Work It, Girl: Mae Jemison

by Caroline Moss 

When Mae Jemison was a little girl, she watched the Apollo moon landings and wondered why none of the astronauts were women – and she just didn't buy the answers she was given... Discover how Mae Jemison became the first African American woman in space, in this true story of her life. 

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When We Walked the Moon 

by David Long

When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the surface of the Moon, I cried. This book tells the story of the Apollo Missions, when incredible intelligence, engineering and bravery allowed humans to stand on the surface of something other than Earth for the very first time.

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The Space Race

by Sarah Cruddas

How did we land on the Moon? What will the space jobs of the future look like? And why did we send a car to space? The Space Race answers all of thees questions and more. Explore the hidden stories behind the most famous space missions, before taking a journey through our space future.

The Universe as You've Never Seen it Before by DK

This space encyclopedia is packed with amazing facts and mind-blowing images of the wonders of the solar system. Incredible cross-sections and lifelike cutaways created with CGI imagery reveal the inner workings of moons, planets, stars, space stations, rockets, and space suits.

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