12 Outstanding Children's Books About Astronauts

12 Outstanding Children's Books About Astronauts


Goodnight Astronaut

 Luminescent illustrations add a certain magic to this astronaut bedtime story. Little children will love learning about the experiences of the author, famous astronaut Scott Kelly. The lyrical text will lull little ones into a sleep filled with adventurous dreams into outer space. Older children will appreciate the technical aspects of the story as well as the inspirational message about reaching for the stars.




Astronaut Books for Kids Are Out of this World
Spark your little one's interest in outer space through reading children's books about astronauts. These stories will inspire kids to think about the vast universe and all the possibilities that exist within and even beyond our solar system. 

One of the best ways to expand a child's mind is by building a home library with a wide selection of topics and book genres. Your child may be the next astronaut to fly to the moon and beyond, or perhaps even the engineer who designs a new rocket ship or space station. Their dreams for the future will be ignited by the books you read to them today! Next, read the best children's books about rocket ships that explain the way these awesome machines work and introduce basic terminology for curious future space explorers.



Where's the Astronaut?

 It's never too soon to spark a baby's interest in outer space. This adorable toddler book about astronauts has fun, interactive elements like lifting flaps and peaking into a mirror. Little ones will have fun finding hidden people and objects under the sturdy flaps. Pair this with a plush astronaut or spaceship for a cute baby shower gift!




Astrid the Astronaut: The Astronomically Grand Plan

 Meet Astrid, the star of an easy reader chapter book series, who eager to start the new school year. She and her best friend make plans to join the Shooting Stars club, an organization for kids who are fascinated with outer space. But Hallie changes course and decides to do the art club instead, Astrid is left wondering if she can have any fun without the comfort of her friend at her side. Will Astrid muster up the courage to find her own way, which includes a trip to an actual space camp? An appealing and accessible book for kids learning how to navigate friendships and staying true to their own interests.




Astronauts on the Space Station

 José is leading a team of astronauts on a mission to the International Space Station. The group has very important research to conduct once they arrive. They are tasked with studying the effects of outer space on plant life and the human body. Unfortunately, they encounter a problem when some floating debris that damages their space ship and the astronauts must work quickly to come up with a solution. 




Astronaut Handbook

Aspiring astronauts will learn a lot in this humorous book about a group of googly-eyed adventurers. They hop aboard the Vomit Comet for the trip of a lifetime to the moon! This gang also endures tedious measurements as they are fitted for spaces suits. They learn about a weightless, zero-gravity environment and sample all kinds of food in space. Non-fiction books about astronauts have never been so funny!

Ultimate Spotlight: Astronauts

A fun book full of interactive features like tabs to pull and flaps to lift. Preschoolers will love learning about what astronauts wear in outer space and how they train for their missions. Colorful pictures and age-appropriate content will keep the attention of little readers ready to blast off on an adventure. They will have fun sending a rocket ship into space and moving the astronauts around on each of the pages.



Space for Smart Kids: A Little Scientist's Guide to Astronauts, Gravity, Rockets, and the Atmosphere

A sturdy board book about outer space, just right for babies and toddlers, is a unique choice for baby showers and birthday parties. Animated rockets and lively, expressive planets teach little tots interesting terms like ozone layer and gravity. Kids will also learn the names for different parts of a rocket as they travel with a little astronaut on a trip to Mars. Simple text and colorful pictures teach young readers all about exploring the big universe.




Mousetronaut Goes to Mars

An astronaut mouse, who bears the mighty name Meteor, is off on a exciting mission to Mars. Author Mark Kelly, United States Navy captain and commandeer of space shuttle Endeavour, brings his own experiences to life in this picture book. Children will be inspired by the tiny rodent's courage when he boards a rocket ship and blasts into outer space to save the day. The award-winning illustrator, C.F. Payne, creates an out-of-this-world pictorial that matches the excitement of this journey. Backmatter includes fascinating details about space travel for kids who want an in-depth tutorial.




I Want to Be an Astronaut

Byron Barton's signature graphics work especially well in this astronaut book for toddlers. Little tots will love learning about what astronauts eat, how they move around in zero gravity, and what happens when a spaceship needs to be fixed. Short, simple, and easy-to-understand text is just right for young audiences with curious minds but short attention spans!




Mousetronaut: Based on a (Partially) True Story

Astronaut Mark Kelly found inspiration for this book based on his own experiences taking mice on a journey into space. In a story about hard work and perseverance, kids will learn that these traits are far more important than size. A tiny mouse with big ambitions earns a place on the rocket ship over larger mice. When an unforeseen disaster occurs, the astronauts have to rely on the smallest crew member, Meteor, to save them from catastrophe.





Can Princesses Become Astronauts?

Short rhyming verse and charming illustrations depict a little princess in a variety of occupations. Teachers, builders, veterinarians and, of course, astronauts are all amazing professions for princesses everywhere to pursue! A wonderful message to inspire little girls to dream big, reach for the stars, and never quit. The message strikes just the right tone for girls who can achieve whatever they want in life. This book is perfect to give girls of any stage and approaching any big milestone on their journey. 




If You Had Your Birthday Party on the Moon

Quite easily the best birthday book for kids who love outer space, this exciting picture book features a group of astronaut partygoers. They hop onto a rocket and blast off for a an epic celebration on the moon. Lots of lessons about the atmosphere are embedded in a story with kids observing what happens to birthday candles and balloons on th moon. Sidebars provide extra information for kids interested in more facts. Be sure to check out the back of this entertaining children's astronaut book for additional terminology and lessons about outer space.


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 The Best Astronaut Toys and Gifts for Kids Who Love Outer Space

Looking for a creative gift to give a science-minded child? Grab a few books about astronauts and add a toy rocket ship to the package. Birthday gifts that stick with a theme elevate the fun factor to a whole new level. Below you will find some favorite space-related gifts that will stir up the imagination and inspire children to dream about their own trip to the moon one day! 



NASA Space Shuttle With Astronaut

Imaginations will soar with this realistic space shuttle. The light and sounds and mechanical doors that open and close provide extra entertainment. The set comes with an astronaut figurine as well. 


Astronaut Costume

Not just for Halloween! This costume will encourage endless hours of pretend play all year long. Kids will feel like they are real-life astronauts in this space suit with a NASA patch, as well as zippers and pockets. The set comes with a backpack with a place to personalize it and a NASA cap. Suitable for ages 3-7.



Lego Astronaut Mission Set

A fun lego set that includes a space craft, a couple of asteroids, and astronaut figurines ready to explore Mars. Hours of imaginary play are guaranteed with this lego kit designed for children who love outer space and adventure. Geared toward kids 6 and older, this toy would make a perfect birthday gift along with some books about astronauts!


Plush Astronaut and Space Shuttle

Pair this soft and cuddly stuffed set with a few children's astronaut books for a fun birthday gift idea. A perfect way to inspire toddlers and encourage imaginary play. The shuttle, which is about 10 inches tall, is the perfect size for little hands to explore and play.

 astronaut on the moon


Out-of-this-World Astronaut Trivia 

Know a kid who is fascinated with astronauts? After story time is over, you will want to share these cool facts about the life and history of astronauts and everything we have learned from their explorations.


  • The term ASTRONAUT literally means star sailor. It's a Greek term formed from the words astron and nautes. Sailors are typically considered explorers at sea, but it makes total sense to use this word for those who navigate outer space.
  • Have you always wanted to be a little bit taller? Then consider becoming an astronaut. When in microgravity, astronauts grow by about 3% , but unfortunately this is only temporary. As soon as they return to earth, their bodies shrink back to original size.
  • A trip to the International Space Station sounds pretty interesting. But in addition to becoming a highly skilled astronaut, all individuals must learn Russian before they go. It is essential so they can read and understand manuals on the Russian side of the station.
  • One dirty little secret about being an astronaut is the need to wear diapers when on a space mission. Called Maximum Absorbency Garments, they come in handy during long missions when using a proper bathroom is just not convenient or even possible.
  • Sally Ride is a famous for two good reasons. She was the first American female to travel to outer space, and she was also the youngest astronaut from the US to travel to the moon.


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