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List of Reviewed Children’s Books

Most recently added reviews listed first

  • Miguel and Michelle Visit Spaceport America by Loretta Hall (2017). This book captures the experience of two children on a school field trip to New Mexico’s Spaceport America.

  • Mission to Pluto by Mary Kay Carson (2017). Outstanding “group biography” including profiles of the New Horizons mission team members and the dwarf planet itself.
  • The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield with Kate Fillion (2016). Inspired by the childhood of a real-life astronaut, this book encourages readers to dream the impossible.
  • Saving Mars by Cidney Swanson (2012). A fast-paced story of a young pilot and her autistic brother who must travel from Mars to Earth to obtain the food they need to survive on the red planet.
  • Blast Off Doodle Book by Karen Romano Young (2015). A perfect activity book for future space artists and engineers that will engage kids in imagining their future in aviation and space.
  • Space Boy and His Dog by Diane Curtis Regan (2015). A young boy and his dog and robot “fly” their cardboard spaceship to the Moon on an imaginative “mission” to rescue a lost cat.
  • Explore the Cosmos Like Neil deGrasse Tyson by C.A.P. Saucier (2015). Part of the book series “A Space Science Jouney,” this book intertwines space science with biographical information about astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
  • The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars by Ben Bova, Michael Carroll, Jim Denney, Marianne Dyson, Brian Enke, Tom Hill, Rebecca Rowe (2013). Ten short stories about three teen/tweens who get into all sorts of mischief at a near-future Mars settlement.
  • Mission: Mars by Pascal Lee (2013). This wonderfully-illustrated children’s book is packed with clear explanations, fun-to-know facts about Mars, and personal tips about exploration from one of NASA’s top planetary scientists.
  • Skye Object 3270A by Linda Nagata (2010). Teens bungee jumping from a space elevator, exploring a planet with hostile alien animals, and solving the mystery of how one girl became the sole survivor of an alien attack are all part of this book.
  • Crater by Homer Hickam (2013). Crater is the name of a 16-year-old miner who must trek a thousand miles across the Moon in the company of his boss’s granddaughter.
  • The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos (2013). A fast-paced space adventure with characters designed to appeal to teen readers.
  • Ringworld: A Graphic Novel, Part 1 by Robert Mandell and Larry Niven, illustrated by Sean Lam (2014). A young adults graphic novel adaptation of the first half of Larry Niven’s award-winning novel, Ringworld.
  • Life on Earth – and Beyond by Pamela S. Turner (2008). Inspiring account of scientist Chris McKay's search for life in extreme environments.
  • LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard (2013). A combination coffee table book and picture story book that tells a tale of humanity's future spaceward expansion using only LEGO blocks. LEGO building instructions are included.
  • The Seven Stars of Matariki by Toni Rollerston-Cummins (2008). This picture book is excellent for sharing another culture and also the wonder of the night sky with children.
  • Apollo's Outcasts by Allen Steele (2012). A book for young adults about living on the Moon that gets the science right and includes an engrossing, well-crafted story.
  • A Black Hole Is Not a Hole, by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano (2012). Excellent factual book about these mysterious objects, beautifully illustrated by Michael Carroll.
  • Meet the Planets, by John McGranaghan (2011). Enjoy a Favorite Planet Competition with captivating illustrations and lively and accurate text for ages 5 and up.
  • Taking Off, by Jenny Moss (2011). A teenage girl meets Christa McAuliffe in a novel for all young adults interested in history, space, or who are just trying to decide what to do with their lives.
  • In the Shadow of Ares, by Thomas L. James and Carl C. Carlsson (2010). A Kindle e-book about the first child born on Mars who, at age 14, tries to uncover a mystery.
  • The Cassini Code (Galahad Series Book 3), by Dom Testa (2010). An enjoyable episode in the continuing saga of the teen crew of the Galahad on their way through space to find a new home for humanity.
  • Astroblast: Moon Stone Mystery, by Bob Kolar (2010). Uses a cute space setting to encourage children to read and engage them in activities that help build observational skills.
  • Older than the Stars, by Karen C. Fox and Nancy Davis (2010). Illustrates on several levels how your child is made of stuff that has existed since the beginning of the Universe.
  • Exploring the Solar System, by Mary Kay Carson (2008). A solid history, full of information, stories of scientists, lovely photographs, and some worthwhile activities.
  • Galileo's Universe, by J. Patrick Lewis (2005). An amazing "pop-up" biography of one of humanity's most important scientists.
  • Look to the Stars, by Buzz Aldrin (2009). Aldrin puts the accomplishments of Apollo into the personal and historical context of the human quest to reach the stars.
  • Mars (Updated Edition), by Melanie Chrismer (2008). A great first introduction to the red planet for new readers.
  • Saturn for My Birthday, by John McGranaghan (2008). A playful and engaging book about the planet Saturn for young children and their parents to enjoy together.
  • Astrobiology, by Fred Bortz (2007). This informative introduction to the fascinating topic of possible life on other worlds provides an appropriate level of background and detail.
  • Spacer and Rat, by Margaret Bechard (2005). Engaging story of two young people on a space colony in the asteroid belt; impressive job of creating a complete fictional world.
  • Sky Horizon, by David Brin (2007). A back story for an upcoming series, Colony High, about teenagers struggling to survive on another world.
  • Engineering for Every Kid, by Janice Van Cleave (2007). "Should be a required textbook at every elementary school in the country."
  • The City of Ember, by Jeanne DuPrau (2004). Two preteens struggle to find a way past the unbroken blackness that surrounds their self-contained city before the generator that sustains them fails.
  • Darok 9, by H. J. Ralles (2002). In a future where the human survivors of a devastated Earth live in “Daroks" on the Moon, a scientist holds the key to survival.
  • Faraway Worlds, by Paul Halpern, PhD (2004). Explore and imagine living on worlds around distant stars through this fantastically illustrated and superbly written book.
  • Home on the Moon, by Marianne Dyson (2003). Describes the resources on the Moon and walks students through what it would take to establish a lunar settlement, while adeptly providing young readers the technical information required in real-life terms they can easily understand.
  • Greetings from Planet Earth, by Barbara Kerley (2007). This excellent novel about life, war, and space is full of great science detail and important issues for young people to consider.
  • Space Station Science, by Marianne Dyson (2004). A must for families with space-happy kids. With easy-to-understand explanations and wonderful illustrations, it covers getting there, coming home, and everything in between.
  • Shanghaied to the Moon, by Michael J. Daley (2007). An excellent science fiction adventure appropriate for middle grade and young adult readers.
  • Kids to Space, by Lonnie Jones Schorer (2006). What is the recipe for the ultimate space reference book? Take 6,000 students, 18,000 of their questions, and 83 experts to answer them.
  • NASA Planetary Spacecraft, by Carmen Bredeson (2000). Provides kids a great introduction to the planets and moons in our solar system via images returned by spacecraft.
  • Reaching for the Moon, by Buzz Aldrin (2005). Captures the spirit of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, a genuine American hero who shows how to pursue dreams with determination, strength, and persistence.
  • First on the Moon, by Barbara Hehner (2000). This book provides an up-close look at what an astronaut would see from the surface of the Moon, and also an excellent source of historical information for young students.
  • Max Goes to Mars, by Jeffrey Bennett (2006). Max the dog joins a crew searching for life on Mars, making for a fun and educational story that all future Martians are sure to enjoy.
  • Man on the Moon, by Anastasia Suen (2002 reprint). In this illustrated book, young readers learn about the exciting Apollo 11 voyage to the Moon by three brave astronauts.
  • Team Moon, by Catherine Thimmesh (2006). With breathtaking photos and a lively text, Team Moon will hold the attention of even the most reluctant reader as it relates behind-the-scene stories of Apollo 11. For ages 10+.
  • Earth to Stella, by Simon Puttock (2006). Who wants to go to bed when there is a universe to explore?
  • Pieces of Another World, by Mara Rockcliff (2005). A heart-warming story that will educate and excite children to watch the sky for meteors and encourage parents to observe with their children.
  • Robots Slither, by Ryan Ann Hunter (2005). A rhyming picture book that provides an overview of the types of modern robots and is fun to read, with sidebars that provide plenty of facts that should entice kids to embrace a future full of friendly robots.
  • Max Goes to the Moon, by Jeffrey Bennett (2003). Max the dog visits the Moon in a scientifically-accurate and a wonderfully-illustrated book for young children.

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