Out of This World Reads: Great Books about Outer Space

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In honor of the 55th anniversary of the creation of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), we've compiled a few of our favorite books for kiddos about outer space.

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

If You Decide To Go To The Moon
by Faith McNulty, Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

"If you decide to go to the moon in your own rocket ship, read this book before you start." So begins a resplendent you-are-there nonfiction picture book, narrated in second person, with sensational full-page paintings.

The Mighty Mars Rover

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
by Elizabeth Rusch

This stunning book, beautifully designed and chock-full of incredible images, outlines the conception, development, and implementation of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

A Black Hole is Not a Hole

A Black Hole is NOT a Hole
by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano

The book playfully explodes the misinformation that surrounds black holes, from the myth that they "feed" on galaxies to their very name – because they are not holes at all! With this premise in place, the author sheds light on one of the biggest mysteries of the universe.

Mission Control, This is Apollo

Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
by Andrew Chaikin, Illustrated by Alan Bean

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this substantial-sized volume is filled with conversational and quote-filled accounts of all 12 of the piloted Apollo missions.

Team Moon

Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon 
by Catherine Thimmesh

In a large-format scrapbook of dramatic black and white and color photographs and white text set against a glossy black background, we read the gripping story firsthand from the (mostly) men who reveal the many challenges and problems they faced getting ready for the flight and in the mission itself.

You Are the First Kid on Mars

You Are the First Kid on Mars 
by Patrick O'Brien

This book will tell you what would happen, and what you would do, if you were the first kid on Mars.  The author posits that someday, scientists, engineers, astronauts, and their families might set up a colony on Mars

Astronaut Academy

Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity
by Dave Roman

In this graphic novel, Hakata Soy leaves his past as the leader of a superhero team to attend Astronaut Academy, a school on a space station orbiting Earth.