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Space Picture Books

The United Nations is celebrating 2016's World Space Week from Oct. 4-10th. Check out some of these picture books dealing with the moon, the stars, aliens, and astronauts.

A young child thinks about what it would be like to be an astronaut and go out on a mission into space. The book uses actual terminology, such as gravity, orbit, and satellite, in easy to read, simple sentences paired with colorful drawings.

Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

Written by an astronaut, a small but plucky mouse named Mike is sure that he can help the Space Shuttle astronauts, and ends up saving the whole mission. Includes facts about NASA and space travel. His adventures continue in the sequel Mousetronaut Goes to Mars.

A long time ago a mouse learned to fly... and crossed the Atlantic. But what happened next? Torben Kuhlmann's stunning new book transports readers to the moon and beyond! On the heels of Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse comes Armstrong: A Mouse on the Moon--where dreams are determined only by the size of your imagination and the biggest innovators are the smallest of all. The book ends with a brief non-fiction history of human space travel--from Galileo's observations concerning the nature of the universe to man's first steps on the moon.

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli's wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier?.

Space Boy and his dog by Dian Curtis Regan

Niko builds himself a spaceship to take his dog, Tag, and his robot copilot, Radar, to the Moon, but his plans go awry when his sister stows aboard.

Zoo zoom! by Candace Ryan

The animals at the zoo have a great idea--to take a rocket into outer space! But this flight of fancy goes awry when the hippo falls asleep on the job. Will they be able to return safely to Earth? Zoo Zoom, Zoo Moon!

Your alien returns by Tammi Sauer

When you least expect it, something special will get your attention. Your alien will be back. He will invite you over for a play date. Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien , it's the human boy's turn to visit the extraterrestrial's home planet--and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives.

Sheep blast off! by Nancy Shaw

Upon finding a spaceship, sheep climb aboard and bumble around until they blast off into orbit.

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

In this outer space adaptation of the fairy tale in rhyme, Cinderella dreams of becoming a spaceship mechanic.

Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book. In this nearly wordless book, Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs.

A boy gets in a spaceship and takes a dangerous but exciting trip to the moon.