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Astronaut Adventures









We keep returning to different variations and offshoots from our original space unit, “Our Place in Space.” We’ve also done “Earth, Moon, and Stars,” but this time we focused on the folks who make space travel possible. There’s science and biography here as well as some science fiction—all with a focus on astronauts and spaceships. The image above shows the LEGO set my elder daughter got for Christmas: Women of NASA. It’s incredibly inspiring to read about the work required to make these characters’ dreams of space possible, and I have a feeling we’ll be looking to the stars in another list soon.

  1. ABC’s from Space by Adam Voiland
  2. Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann
  3. Astronaut Handbook Meghan McCarthy
  4. Astronaut Scott Kelly: My Journey to the Stars by Scott Kelly and André Ceolin
  5. The Best Book of Spaceships by Ian Graham
  6. Black Stars in Orbit: NASA’s African American Astronauts by Khephra Burns and William Miles
  7. Buzz Aldrin: Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin and Wendell Minor
  8. Catstronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
  9. Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds and Ryan O’Rourke
  10. Footprints on the Moon by Alexandra Siy
  11. Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly
  12. National Geographic Little Kids’ First Big Book of Space by Catherine Hughes and David Aguilar
  13. Look to the Stars by Buzz Aldrin and Wendell Minor
  14. Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed and Stasia Burrington
  15. Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly and C.F. Payne
  16. Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by Astronaut Mark Kelly and C.F. Payne
  17. My First Book of Space, Developed in Conjunction with NASA by Rosanna Hansen and Robert Bell
  18. Sally Ride: Life on a Mission by Sue Macy
  19. This Is the Way to the Moon by M. Sasek
  20. To the Stars! The First American Woman to Walk in Space by Carmella Van Vleet, Dr. Kathy Sullivan, and Nicole Wong
  21. Who Was Sally Ride? by Megan Stine
  22. Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Adventures by Chris Barton and Don Tate


Our Place in Space







One of the coolest things about our unit on space was seeing how the content is always being revised. We read older books that still counted Pluto as a planet and newer books that explained its new status; the changing discoveries displayed in the texts reminded us how much more there is to explore! In this list, I’ve tried to only include the most updated texts, though there may be some exceptions where the rest of the content is strong. And I’m sure in a few years, the content in even the best of these will require updating. That’s part of the pleasure of learning and recognizing that our place in space is always open to new knowledge.

  1. Watch The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about that: Space is the Place!
  2. Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  3. Watch Eyewitness: Planets
  4. If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty and Steven Kellogg
  5. The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons
  6. Mousetronaut by Astronaut Mark Kelly, illustrated by C. F. Payne
  7. Planets by Elizabeth Carney
  8. Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, paintings by Wendell Minor
  9. Watch The Magic School Bus Space Adventures
  10. The Magic School Bus Super Star Power
  11. Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca
  12. National Geographic Little Kids’ First Big Book of Space by Catherine Hughes and David Aguilar
  13. Our Solar System by Seymour Simon
  14. There’s No Place like Space! All about Our Solar System by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz