There are lots of fun books for future space explorers. Here are two that fell into my book basket recently.
by Raman Prinja; illus. by John Hersey
36 pages; 8-12 years
Carlton Kids, 2016
theme: nonfiction, space
Look around you. Wherever you are, whoever you are, you are on planet Earth.
Above earth is an atmosphere, and beyond that the space station and the moon, the sun, 8 planets, an asteroid belt, supernovas, more galaxies until you reach... the edge of the known universe.
What I like about this book: The pages are connected in a long, long, long (14-foot long) mural that takes you from the earth's surface to the edge of the universe. On the reverse side are facts, graphs, charts, constellations... answers to the questions you'll be asking as you explore the universe.
I also love the interaction required for this book. You can unfold the entire mural - indeed, you could (if you want to) cut it off the cover and tape it to the wall. It's just plain fun.
by Carron Brown; illus. by Bee Johnson
36 pages, ages 4-8
Kane Miller, 2016
Take a trip in a rocket and zoom far from our planet to visit the astronauts who live and work in a space station.
This book begins with the astronauts boarding the rocket that will take them to the space station. Once there they are busy with work and eating, exercising, and sleeping. After six months, they return to earth.
What I like: This book is also interactive; each page holds a secret. Hold the page up to the light, or shine a flashlight behind the page and the secret is revealed. It might be something simple, like what happens to a bag of candy when it's opened. Turn the page to read more.
Beyond the books:
Make a map ~ get a large piece of paper and make a map of the universe. Maybe it will be the sort of map you can use to help you find your way when you take off on an adventure.
Check out what's at the edge of the universe in this PBS video and what happens if you go there.
Explore the planets at this NASA page.
Learn how astronauts sleep in space with this video by Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Now create your very own space station sleeping pod.
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resources. Review copies provided by publishers.