Space Books for Preschool or Kindergarten
One of my favorite themes to teach in preschool and kindergarten is SPACE. And, no space unit is complete without some amazing books! I’ve put together a list of the Ten Best books about Space for Preschool or Kindergarten. For your convenience, I’ve added affiliate links you can click on to purchase each book. If you choose to purchase a book through one of these links, I’ll earn a small commission. However, you won’t pay anything extra buy purchasing through the links! Be sure to let me know which books are your favorites for a space theme.
Ten Best Books About Space for Preschool or Kindergarten
1. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space
These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.
2. Our Solar System
The youngest astronomers can go forth and journey into outer space in this fun, basic introduction to the solar system. The unique format presents our sun and each planet in order with graduated flaps—turn each flap to reveal fascinating facts on each celestial body, and even the Milky Way!
3. Hello, World! Solar System
This beautifully illustrated book gives lots of simple facts about the solar system for little learners. This is a great starting point for mixed media art projects during your space theme!
4. My Best Pop-Up Space Book
My Best Pop-Up Space Book is a child’s first guide to the universe. Starting with a blast-off sound button featured on the cover — and embedded on each spread throughout the book — youngsters will dive into the pages to find large pop-up surprises on every page. All key subjects are covered including Earth, the sun, the moon and stars, space travel, and astronauts, all with fun novelty elements including glittery stars and a full-page gatefold of the solar system.
All text is age-appropriate to provide strong educational value, and photographs are clearly labeled and annotated, giving My Best Pop-Up Space Book a level of play and activity that holds the attention of younger readers.
5. ABC Universe
From an astronaut in space to Voyager, yellow dwarf, and zenith, this ABC board book opens up the entire universe to children! Created in tandem with the American Museum of Natural History, it takes kids on a photographic journey through comets, flares, and planets like Jupiter, and introduces them to black holes, supernovas, telescopes, and more. Perfect for the youngest astronomers.
6. Astronauts (First Explorers)
Blast off on an adventure to the International Space Station! Join the astronauts on their long journey and learn how they work, eat, and sleep in this zero-gravity atmosphere. With the fun interactive features, kids can make the rocket take off, go on a space walk, watch the sun rise and set 16 times a day, and more. Simple science facts will fascinate budding astronauts and astronomers.
7. Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon shines down on creatures around the world. Children will love discovering how it changes from day to day as the lunar cycle is shown through clever peek-through holes, each revealing the moon in a different size and shape.
It’s the perfect light nonfiction book for young stargazers—and an ideal bedtime book, ending with a giant moon hovering over a sleepy town hunkered down for bed.
8. Our Stars
Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they’re far away, stars are part of your world, too! Just lift up your eyes to see. Anne Rockwell explains the universe with bright pictures and simple text in a book that will delight any curious child’s mind!
9. The Moon
This book uses beautiful photographs and simple text to engage and delight little learners as they explore the moon. It’s the perfect nonfiction book for preschool and kindergarten.
10. Jump Into Science: Sun
Jump in and follow our brightest star to learn all about the sun — what it is, how it works, and why we all depend upon it. Adorable illustrations and kid-friendly text make complex science fun and easy to understand.
I hope you were inspired by my list of the ten best books about space for preschool or kindergarten. What books would you add to this list?