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5 Picture Books about Astronauts and Space (and a rocket craft!)

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The world is a place to be explored. And that include the places way, way, way high in the sky! Here are 5 Out-of-the-World Picture Books about Astronauts for young readers. Let the pretend play begin!

Picture Books about Astronauts and Space Travel

Finn’s Rocket by Serena Schreiber

Finn's Rocket

In Finn’s Rocket, Finn and his little Sister Gabriella go beyond the bounds of earth into the little-explored realm of space. But this was not exactly in the plans for these two siblings.

Both Gabi and Finn are very intelligent, which wins them both spots at a space camp at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Gabi gets to learn all about being an astronaut, while Finn gets to play with rocket fuel and explore the mechanics of space travel. However, neither of them are able to see the evil plot that the camp’s commander, Commander Morton, has been planning.

Finn’s summer vacation plans didn’t include leaving the planet. Whether surfing or snowboarding, Finn’s up for any challenge. He loves racing and engineering for speed. Little sister Gabi dreams of becoming an astronaut and being hard-of-hearing never slows her down. So both kids head to Kennedy Space Camp where Finn can design rockets and Gabi learns to pilot them. But a shocking countdown is ticking behind the scenes, and Gabi goes missing. Finn is determined to find her. As always, friends Axel and Burrito jump in to help him on his mission, out of the country and beyond. Lucky for Gabi, Finn will do anything and go anywhere to get her back–even the International Space Station. Don’t miss the action of another high-velocity Finn adventure!

Gravity by Jason Chin

picture books about astronauts

What keeps objects from floating out of your hand?

What if your feet drifted away from the ground?

What stops everything from floating into space …

Jason Chin has taken a complex subject and made it brilliantly accessible to young readers in this unusual, innovative, and very beautiful book.

Chin’s approach makes this book a must-have common core tool for teachers and librarians introducing scientific principals to young students.

Curious George Gets a Medal.

roscoe rocket

In this classic story, George tries to write a letter—but, when he spills ink everywhere, his cleanup efforts fill the room with soap bubbles.

Curious George Gets a Medal

He also frees a pen full of pigs, rides a cow, hitches a ride on a pickup truck and crashes into a dinosaur! After repeatedly disastrous efforts to get himself out of trouble, George ends up being the first monkey in space which results in the happiest day of his life—he gets a medal, of course!

Graphic Designer and devoted daddy, Roscoe Welply, created a very special DIY Curious George rocket craft for his boys and we know you will love it too! Details below under “Something To Do.”

Mission to Space by John Herrington

A Chickasaw Astronaut Shares Passion for Space in a Diverse Picture Book!

Blast off into space with Chickasaw astronaut Commander John Herrington in his new children’s book Mission to Space.

“My space journey started when I was a boy launching rockets with my dad and older brother. Like lots of children, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut someday. That dream came true for me,” Herrington said. “Flying in space takes a lot of training. It takes a lot of hard work to do something well.”

In the book, Herrington shares his passion for space travel and provides a glimpse into his astronaut training and mission to the International Space Station. The book includes an English to Chickasaw vocabulary list with space-related terms.


Time Magazine for Kids Book of What: Everything Space

picture books about space travel

TIME For Kids The Book of What: Everything Space presents kids 8-12 years old with answers to the kinds of intriguing questions that appeal to their sense of curiosity. Colorful graphics, spectacular photos, and clear, engaging diagrams will help answer questions such as: What is acid rain? What is the biggest star in the universe? What is the driest place on Earth? What is the difference between a comet and an asteroid?

TIME For Kids The Book of What: Everything Space is a must-have book to satisfy the most curious of kids.

Picture Books about Astronauts and Space

Something To Do:

Curious George Gets a Medal DIY Rocket Craft! Bring Curious George Gets a Medal and the other Picture Books about Astronauts and Space Travel to life with this in-depth rocket making tutorial.

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Click HERE to get the full instructions for this craft.

Build your own soda rocket (from Lemon Lime Adventures)

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Fun Facts about Space Travel:

  • ~It takes 3 to 5 days for a spacecraft to reach the moon.
  • ~A space suit can weigh between 50 and 350 pounds—on Earth, that is.
  • ~There is no sound in space because of the lack of air.
  • ~Recent technology allows the use of phones in space.
  • ~Since 2000, permanent crews have been living and working in space at the International Space Station.
  • ~You become taller in Space.
  • ~In space, the skin on your feet peels off!
  • ~The word astronaut comes from the Greek word “Astron” which means star and “nautes” which means sailor.
  • The Russian cosmonaut has a similar meaning from ‘kosmos’ meaning universe and again “nautes” sailor.

Blast off!