Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola (2019)

Look Up! sees future astronaut and space-obsessed chatterbox Rocket get her whole town out to watch a meteor shower—but her big brother Jamal is only interested in looking down at his phone. Can she persuade him to look up at the stars? This is a heartwarming and inspirational story that will get even the most die-hard screen addicts switching off and looking up.

Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson & Nick East (2016)

Inspired by Tim Peake, the first official British ESA astronaut, Goodnight Spaceman sees two little boys rocket out of bed and away on an intergalactic journey to visit their dad up in space. Beautiful illustrations by Nick East, fun rhymes throughout and an out-of-this-world adventure make this picture book perfect for an astronomical bedtime.

Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

Unlocking the Universe by Stephen Hawking & Lucy Hawking (2020)

Scientist Stephen Hawking and his daughter Lucy are offering you the key to unlock the mysteries of the universe. This beautifully-illustrated non-fiction guide gives answers to questions from 'is there life on Mars?' to 'what’s inside a black hole?' to 'what should you do if robots take over the world?' Providing you with real-life facts on climate change, conspiracy theories and walking on the Moon, don’t ever travel through space and time without it.

Recommended reading age: 9-17 years old

There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher & Greg Abbott (2019)

Help! An alien has crash-landed in your book and you’re the only one who can help. It’s up to you to blow away the smoke from the crash, jiggle the pages and even turn the book upside down to get him back on his way—because after all, aliens don’t belong here. Or do they? The latest in Tom Fletcher’s Who’s in Your Book series, this is an interactive rocket ship ride with a message of acceptance at its heart.

Recommended reading age: 2-5 years old

The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Johnson by Devika Jina & Maggie Cole (2019)

The biography of real-life NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson will inspire and amaze. Featured in the recent film Hidden Voices, Johnson was one of the most important people in the history of space travel. Without her calculations, Neil Armstrong never would have walked on the Moon. Bursting at the seams with incredible facts and gorgeous illustrations, Johnson’s amazing achievements will fill any aspiring maths geniuses with the determination to create history.

Recommended reading age: 7-12 years old

The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet! by Tom FletcherDougie Poynter  & Garry Parsons (2013)

McFly band members Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter’s picture book series The Dinosaur that Pooped has delighted and disgusted readers around the world, but now the Earth’s greediest dinosaur is taking his overactive sphincter into the stratosphere. In The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet!, Danny and Dinosaur travel to the Moon—but when Dinosaur gets so hungry he eats the rocket, they have to hatch a pooptastic plan to get back to Earth.

Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

You Choose In Space by Pippa Goodhart & Nick Sharratt (2017)

Grab your spacesuit and put your helmet on – you’re going on an adventure in space. From what alien to be friends with, to what space clothes to wear, to what freaky food you’ll have for lunch, the decisions are all yours – and the possibilities are endless! The sequel to the bestselling You Choose will send every kid’s imagination into orbit.

Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng (2017)

11-year-old Alex has a plan: to record on his iPod what life is like on Earth and send it into space to show other lifeforms. But on his journey to sum up the planet, he has no idea how much he’ll learn about himself – and the secrets he’ll uncover about his family. Fans of Wonder will fall in love with Alex and his view of our beautiful, complicated world from the first page.

Recommended reading age: 9-16 years old

Toys in Space by Mini Grey (2012)

The toys have been left out in the garden at night – and beamed into outer space! The Cowboy, the Wonderdoll, the Dinosaur and all their friends will take you on a magical galactic adventure, travelling the stars and meeting aliens along the way. Author Mini Grey’s playful illustrations will make you wonder just exactly how far your teddy bear has travelled.

Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old

Space Race by Malorie Blackman (1997)

In award-winning author Malorie Blackman’s Space Race, the race to Pluto is on! Lizzie is determined to beat big-headed Jake after he challenges her to a race across the solar system, but he’s got a swanky new spaceship that runs on a special fuel – what can she do to win? New readers will get rocketed away in this thrilling adventure.

Recommended reading age: 5-7 years old

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