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Amazing Kids Books About Aliens

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Have you been searching for alien life out there? We can confirm it does exist. At least in these amazing alien books for kids. We’ve scoured the universe and been to the edge of the galaxy to create this list of the best children’s stories about strange life from space (or from next door!).

Our list includes board, picture, and chapter books. Our board books will delight the youngest human life forms on planet earth (known to us as babies and toddlers). Be prepared for an out-of-this-world storytime with the picture books on our list, which are perfect for reading aloud with early elementary school age children. Have a more advanced galactic reader? Try our chapter book list, full of alien stories that will thrill kids late elementary through early middle school age.

Set phasers to stun and enjoy our collection of alien stories. Then let us know what you would add to the list. There’s always “space” for more!

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Top 10 Books About Aliens

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Even Aliens Need Snacks
Written & illustrated by Matthew McElligott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
In the follow up to his breakout picture book, Even Monsters Need Haircuts, Matthew McElligott brings back the young monster barber in a new tale where his culinary concoctions bring him galaxy-wide fame. Creating snacks that make most humans queasy, this chef has found a new clientele--aliens. Readers will delight in McElligott's gently offbeat humor and unique artistry as spaceships full of hilarious creatures line up for a taste of the intergalactic cuisine.
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The Way Back Home
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes an imaginative tale of friendship in a world where what makes us different isn’t nearly as important as what makes us the same. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies it into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake, its fuel tank on empty. The boy executes a daring landing on the moon . . . but there’s no telling what kind of slimy, slithering, tentacled, fangtoothed monsters lurk in the darkness! (Plus, it’s dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and he’s just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthling—it’s all the same when you’re in need of a friend.
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Hush, Little Alien
Written & illustrated by Daniel Kirk
Thoughts from The Goodfather
A creative take on the Hush, Little Baby lullaby, Hush, Little Alien takes the lullaby to a whole new world. Literally. I really enjoyed the unique ideas of what an alien father might choose to get his little alien. Some are very clever and made me laugh out loud. I mean, why wouldn't a laser beam be a good idea for baby alien?
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Recommend Ages: 0-18
Based on the bedtime favorite Hush, Little Baby, this adorable board-book edition takes a trip complete with goonie birds and shooting stars as an alien dad sings his little alien a good-night lullaby.
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Your Alien
Written by Tammi Sauer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
One day, you'll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him. When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. They go to school, explore the neighborhood, and have lots of fun. But at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very, very sad. Can the boy figure out what his new buddy needs most of all? This funny, heartwarming story proves that friends and family are the most important things in the universe . . . no matter who or where you are. An NPR Best Book of 2015
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The Night the Stars Went Out
Written & illustrated by Suz Hughes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Alien is very small, but it is his job to shine all the stars and make sure they keep shining, and he has no time for anything else--so when the stars go out one night he is desperate to find the solution, a quest that takes him to Earth.
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My Sister is an Alien!
Written & illustrated by Rachel Bright
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Alfie is crazy about space. His favourite things are: 1. aliens, 2. rockets, 3. the moon - in that exact order. He doesn't really think much about anything else, until his new baby sister comes along. Then he notices that she looks a bit funny, she talks funny and sometimes she smells funny and he realizes . . . she MUST BE AN ALIEN! Alfie knows he needs to be brave and take her back to the moon where she belongs - after all, she often cries for home - and that's when the adventure really starts. . . A positive, funny and charming take on the joys of a new sibling with gorgeous etched illustrations from a rising picture book star.
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Earth Space Moon Base
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.
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Monster ABC
Written by Kyle Sullivan & illustrated by Derek Sullivan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-7
Whimsical illustrations combine with cheeky verses in this quirky, hilarious alphabet board book featuring monsters from all over the world.Featuring tongue-in-cheek humor for adults and unhinged delight for kids, this alphabet book is full of silly monster fun from Alien to Zombie. Whimsical illustrations combined with winky verses add levity throughout, making this the perfect book to make you the coolest mom, dad, aunt or uncle ever. Monster ABC covers the full monster spectrum: Some are well-known (e.g., Alien, Ghost, Zombie), some are regional favorites (e.g., Jersey Devil, Sasquatch) and some come with a passport (e.g., Banshee, Krampus, Quetzalcoatl). These gorgeously quirky monsters and silly verses will prove there's nothing to fear.
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Alien Opposites
Written & illustrated by Matthew Van Fleet
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
When an unruly gang of aliens visits the home of a little boy, what follows is a night of fun, mischief, and opposites. Each cleverly-illustrated page shows a host of characters big and small, whispering and shouting, silly and scary--just pull the tab and the opposite appears!
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The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys
Written & illustrated by Aaron Blabey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
"First published by Scholastic Australia Pty Limited in 2017"--Colophon. The Bad Guys are vanishing! A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will!
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Books About Aliens and Family

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Your Alien
Written by Tammi Sauer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
One day, you'll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him. When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. They go to school, explore the neighborhood, and have lots of fun. But at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very, very sad. Can the boy figure out what his new buddy needs most of all? This funny, heartwarming story proves that friends and family are the most important things in the universe . . . no matter who or where you are. An NPR Best Book of 2015
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My Sister is an Alien!
Written & illustrated by Rachel Bright
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Alfie is crazy about space. His favourite things are: 1. aliens, 2. rockets, 3. the moon - in that exact order. He doesn't really think much about anything else, until his new baby sister comes along. Then he notices that she looks a bit funny, she talks funny and sometimes she smells funny and he realizes . . . she MUST BE AN ALIEN! Alfie knows he needs to be brave and take her back to the moon where she belongs - after all, she often cries for home - and that's when the adventure really starts. . . A positive, funny and charming take on the joys of a new sibling with gorgeous etched illustrations from a rising picture book star.
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How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens
Written by Paul Noth
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
This is an out-of-this-world funny first book in a madcap, illustrated adventure series from New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth. Happy Conklin Jr. is the only 10-year-old who has to shave three times a day. Hap's dad is a brilliant inventor of screwball products, and being a Conklin kid means sometimes being experimented on. So Hap has his beard, and his five sisters each have their own unique--and often problematic--qualities too. And although Hap's dad has made a fortune with his wacky inventions sold via nonstop TV infomercials, all of that money has gone to Hap's tyrannical Grandma. While she lives in an enormous mansion, the rest of the family lives in two rooms in the basement. All Hap has ever wanted is to have a normal life, so when he sees a chance to get rid of Grandma, he takes it! He only means to swap out Grandma, but when he--oops!--sells his whole family to the aliens, he wants nothing more than to get them back. He just has to figure out . . . how?
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Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat book
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Lights on Wonder Rock book
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How to Win the Science Fair When You're Dead book
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How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth book
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  1. Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat - Klawde is not your average cat. He’s an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He’s cruel. He’s cunning. He’s brilliant… and he’s about to become Raj Banerjee’s best friend. Whether he likes it or not. Klawde had everything. Sharp claws. Fine fur. And, being the High Commander of the planet Lyttyrboks, an entire world of warlike cats at his command. But when he is stripped of his feline throne, he is sentenced to the worst possible punishment: exile to a small planet in a quiet corner of the universe… named Earth. Raj had everything. A cool apartment in Brooklyn. Three friends who lived in his building. And pizza and comics within walking distance. But when his mom gets a job in Elba, Oregon, and he is forced to move, all of that changes. It’s now the beginning of summer, he has no friends, and because of his mother’s urgings, he has joined a nature camp. It’s only when his doorbell rings and he meets a furball of a cat that Raj begins to think maybe his luck is turning around… Heavily illustrated, with a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj and Klawde’s perspectives, Klawde is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges as two fish out of water begin to find their footing in strange new worlds.

  2. Lights on Wonder Rock - E.T._ meets _The Giving Tree in this stunningly illustrated picture book about friendship, family, wonder, and magic that shows how, sometimes, the things we’re searching for have been right in front of us all along. From the award-winning creator of _The Bear and the Piano._  Heather wants more than anything to go to outer space, where the stars sparkle with magic and wonder. When a UFO lands behind her house and she meets a friendly alien, it seems that all of her dreams have come true. But soon her new friend has to return home. Will the spaceship ever come back for her? And if it does, is Heather ready to leave everything on Earth behind? In this tale about dreaming big while appreciating what you have, best-selling picture book creator David Litchfield’s innovative visual storytelling uses wordless, light-filled spreads and graphic novel style layouts to transport readers through space and time and celebrate the power of family and human connection.

  3. How to Win the Science Fair When You're Dead - It’s safe to say Happy Conklin Jr. is the only 10-year-old who accidentally sold his entire family to aliens. And he might have opened a black hole in the middle of class when trying to impress his lab partner. But now he faces the biggest threat of all—Grandma. Hap’s Grandma isn’t like normal grandmas—she’s trying to overthrow the Galactic Emperor to rule over all, and she thinks Hap is her perfect partner in crime. Hap knows he has to stop her to save the universe. But that’s easier said than done, what with giant robots and the like coming after him, and he’ll need the help of his family, friends, and some very unlikely allies to do it.

  4. How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth - Popular New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth continues his illustrated middle grade series about a boy, his wacky family, and an out-of-this-world adventure in this laugh-out-loud sequel to How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens. Happy Conklin Jr. is still the only 10-year-old who has to shave three times a day, thanks to being tested on by his inventor father. And it’s safe to say Hap is the only 10-year-old who accidentally sold his entire family to aliens. The good news is that Hap managed to save his family—including his tyrannical Grandma—but now the Conklins face a problem that might put the whole world in danger . . . Hap wants a girl in his sixth-grade science class to be his lab partner but lacks the courage to even talk to her. Through the mysterious powers of Squeep! the lizard, he finds a way to overcome this fear but also, unfortunately, opens a black hole in his middle school that will swallow the solar system unless he’s able to stop it. In his race against time to save everything, he’s helped by his sister Kayla, greatly hindered by his sister Alice, and uncovers the truth about Grandma’s plan to take over the Galaxy.

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Books About Aliens and Friendship

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The Night the Stars Went Out
Written & illustrated by Suz Hughes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
Alien is very small, but it is his job to shine all the stars and make sure they keep shining, and he has no time for anything else--so when the stars go out one night he is desperate to find the solution, a quest that takes him to Earth.
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E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Written by Kim Smith & illustrated by Melissa Mathison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Released in theaters in 1982, this beloved film, written by Melissa Mathison and directed by Steven Spielberg, has enchanted generations of kids. Now the blockbuster movie is an illustrated storybook, with colorful retro-style illustrations courtesy of Smith. Full color.
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Earth to Clunk
Written by Pam Smallcomb & illustrated by Joe Berger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
For a school assignment, a boy reluctantly writes a letter to Clunk of the planet Quazar, sending his older sister with it, but as more letters and packages are exchanged, he realizes that having an alien pen pal can be fun.
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Alien Nate book
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The Alien Next Door 3: Alien Scout book
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The Alien Next Door 5: Baseball Blues book
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Margot and Mateo Save the World book
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  1. Alien Nate - Nate’s on a mission to Earth from the planet Vega. His goal: eat pizza! Luckily, soon after he crash-lands on Earth he meets Fazel, who helps him create a disguise, learn the ways of Earthlings and, most importantly, stuff himself with pizza! Nate quickly discovers there are lots of things to love about Earth and Earthlings besides pizza. He’s having a blast! There’s only one problem. Two Men in Beige (government agents) are desperate to capture him and bring him to their lab - and they’re starting to close in. Will Fazel and Nate manage to elude the Men in Beige while they find fuel for Nate’s spacecraft so he can head home? And will Nate have had his fill of pizza by then? Here’s a sidesplittingly funny graphic novel from multiple-award-winning writer, illustrator and cartoonist Dave Whamond. With its irreverent humor and high energy, it’s a perfect pick for emerging readers. Along with the fun, the lovable main character models an eagerness to learn new things and broaden his horizons and, together with Fazel, is able to look past surface differences to find friendship and a shared sense of adventure. There are terrific character education lessons here on adaptability, inclusiveness (even of “aliens”) and teamwork. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Verdana} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 10.0px Verdana; min-height: 12.0px}

  2. The Alien Next Door 3: Alien Scout - In the third book of the Alien Next Door series, Harris knows Zeke is an alien, and they go away for a weekend trip as Beaver Scouts. Will Harris be able to help Zeke keep his secret when another scout starts suspecting something? Zeke has revealed to Harris that he’s an alien and Harris is thrilled to have an alien best friend! This weekend, Harris has a Beaver Scout outing in the wilderness, so he invites Zeke to join in on the fun. Zeke doesn’t quite understand all the activities, like sleeping outside and telling ghost stories, and he is a little careless with using his powers, which leads one scout to become a little suspicious. Will Harris be able to help Zeke hide his identity from everyone?

  3. The Alien Next Door 5: Baseball Blues - In the fifth book of the Alien Next Door series, Zeke, Harris, and Roxy all try out for the baseball team, but Zeke can’t resist using his powers to help him play better than everyone else. It’s baseball season, and Zeke, Harris, and Roxy all decide to try out for the team. Zeke doesn’t quite know how to play baseball, but his powers allow him to pitch and hit better than anyone else! But Harris thinks that what Zeke is doing is cheating, since none of the other players have his powers, and he’s also concerned that someone might discover Zeke’s an alien. But Zeke doesn’t see a problem with this, causing tension in their friendship. Can Zeke and Harris save their friendship, or will they strike out?

  4. Margot and Mateo Save the World - A hilarious—and slimy—alien adventure (set on Earth) that the bestselling author of Zombie Chasers, John Kloepfer, calls “fast paced, out-of-this-world fun!” When Margot Blumenthal removes a bright blue slug alien attached to Mateo Flores’s back, the school play co-stars know it’s definitely not going to be a regular day at West Cove Middle School. They reluctantly team up and soon discover that the mayor and countless other adults, including Mateo’s dad, are infected—which means that West Cove, and possibly all of Earth, is in danger. What will they (and their new scientist friend) do? Ditch class and protect humankind, of course—because one unexcused absence doesn’t matter when the world is at stake! This stand-alone middle grade novel is fun, silly, and full of adventure. Young readers will speed through it…if they can stop laughing long enough to turn the page.

Books About Aliens and Robots

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The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
Written by Margaret McNamara & illustrated by Mark Fearing
Thoughts from Mr. Staccato
If you love space, robots, and the story of the three little pigs, this is your book. If that's not the exact combination you're looking for, there are better books.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
Ejected from their new homes by a Big Bad Robot who pursues them into space, three little aliens engage in a noisy interplanetary chase that introduces youngsters to the solar system. By the award-winning author of The Pumpkin Patch.
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Earth Space Moon Base
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.
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Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader
Written by Emily Calandrelli & illustrated by Tamson Weston
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
From Emily Calandrelli—host of Xploration Outer Space, correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World, and graduate of MIT—comes the third novel in a fun illustrated chapter book series about an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solving mysteries with technology.Third grader and inventor extraordinaire Ada Lace likes nothing more than to tinker with mechanics like her robot, George. Her latest project is to fix up a ham radio, something that she could use to contact people on this planet...and beyond. The only problem is that she just can’t get it to work properly.During a sleepover, Ada’s best friend Nina hears something strange coming from the radio in the middle of the night. A distant voice says, “Release the swarm!” convincing Nina that aliens are about to invade planet Earth.Could Ada and Nina have stumbled upon something...extraterrestrial?
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One Trick Pony book
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Revenge Of The Enginerds book
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Spacebot book
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Poof! A Bot! book
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  1. One Trick Pony - The aliens have arrived. And they’re hungry for electricity. In the Earth of the future, humans are on the run from an alien force—giant blobs who suck up electrical devices wherever they can find them. Strata and her family are part of a caravan of digital rescuers, hoping to keep the memory of civilization alive by saving electronics wherever they can. Many humans have reverted to a pre-electrical age, and others have taken advantage of the invasion to become dangerous bandits and outlaws. When Strata and her brother are separated from the caravan, they must rely on a particularly beautiful and rare robot pony to escape the outlaws and aliens—and defeat the invaders once and for all.

  2. Revenge Of The Enginerds - Ken and his EngiNerds crew return in a new, nutty and nerdy adventure that’s the perfect follow-up to EngiNerds. When last we met, the EngiNerds were battling a horde of ravenous robots, but in this latest caper, they’re on the hunt for just one rogue robot. But who knows what kind of mayhem one mechanical creature can cause? And why is Ken the only EngiNerd who’s worried about the runaway robot? The rest of the crew seems be missing in action and Ken fears it’s because of Mikaela Harrington. She’s the new girl in town who’s UFO and alien-obsessed and wants to join the EngiNerds. But as far as Ken is concerned, the EngiNerds are Y-chromosome only, no X’s allowed! Will Ken allow a rogue robot and a know-it-all, genius girl to wreak havoc on the entire universe? He just might not have a choice!

  3. Spacebot - When a mysterious visitor arrives in the night from outer space, it’s up to the family dog to determine if they’re friend or foe. This rhyming read-aloud by award-winning author-illustrator Mike Twohy will surprise and delight young readers. One quiet evening, a dog is settling down inside his family’s house when a strange rumbling emerges from the sky. Electric energy surges and makes everything start to vibrate, including the family dog. When he darts outside to investigate, a UFO appears. Beep! Beep! Is it friend or foe? Over the course of the night, the dog might just make an unexpected friend in this story about seeing things from others’ points of view and unlikely friendship.

  4. Poof! A Bot! - Zip the unlucky magician gets into another hilarious (and sticky) situation in the second book in the Adventures of Zip Ready-to-Go! series from author-illustrator David Milgrim, who was awarded a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for his Ready-to-Read, Go, Otto, Go! Zip has zapped a bot. Zip tells the bot what to do. Will the bot listen? (Spoiler alert: The bot does not listen and Zip learns an important lesson, complete with a pie being thrown in his face!) Perfect for kids at the beginning of their reading journeys, Poof! A Bot! was written for children who have learned the alphabet and are ready to start reading! And what better way to get kids excited than with a hilarious out-of-this-world adventure featuring words they can actually read and starring a zany magician? Each Ready-to-Go! Ready-to-Read includes a note to parents explaining what their child can expect, a guide at the beginning for readers to become familiar with the words they will encounter in the story, and reading comprehension questions at the end. Each Ready-to-Go! story contains no more than 100 words and features sight words, rhyming words, and repetition to help children reinforce their new reading skills. In this book, readers will learn thirty-five sight words and six words from one word family. So come on and get reading with Zip!

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Books About Aliens and The Moon

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The Way Back Home
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes an imaginative tale of friendship in a world where what makes us different isn’t nearly as important as what makes us the same. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies it into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake, its fuel tank on empty. The boy executes a daring landing on the moon . . . but there’s no telling what kind of slimy, slithering, tentacled, fangtoothed monsters lurk in the darkness! (Plus, it’s dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and he’s just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthling—it’s all the same when you’re in need of a friend.
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Bizzy Bear: Space Rocket
Written by Nosy Crow & illustrated by Benji Davies
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
Bizzy Bear: Space Rocket has some clever sliders and hands-on features for little readers. The illustrations are cartoon-y and colorful. The book has some amusing parts--how did Bizzy Bear's sandwich end up floating outside the spaceship? Bizzy Bear and his friends even encounter some crazy-looking aliens on their space adventure.
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Recommend Ages: 0-3
Bizzy Bear is exploring space! With sliders and tabs to push and pull, there’s lots of interactivity for toddlers as Bizzy blasts off, glides past aliens, and jumps around on the moon. The perfect book for little ones who dream of being astronauts!
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Waste Of Space
Written by Stuart Gibbs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
A New York Times bestselling series. Tensions are running high when multi-billionaire Lars Sjoburg is poisoned and everyone is looking to Dash Gibson to solve the case in this third and final book in the New York Times bestselling Moon Base Alpha series. Moon Base Alpha was supposed to be an exciting place to live, but Dashiell Gibson didn’t expect for it to be this exciting. He’s already had to solve a murder and locate a missing moon base commander. Now, he just wants to have a calm, quiet thirteenth birthday. But, of course, trillionaire (and total pain) Lars Sjoburg ruins it—by being poisoned. Now there’s another potential killer loose on Moon Base Alpha, and Dash is forced to identify the most likely suspects. Suddenly Dash finds himself with a target on his back. Whoever poisoned Lars will stop at nothing to keep his—or her—identity a secret.
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Space Case (Moon Base Alpha) book
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Nomad book
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Crash Course book
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  1. Space Case (Moon Base Alpha) - “Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon’s most prominent doctors”—

  2. Nomad - Gabe Fuentes is in a race against time—and aliens—in this intergalactic sequel to Ambassador, which Booklist called “an exciting sci-fi adventure, perceptively exploring what it means to be alien,” from National Book Award winner William Alexander. When we last left Earth’s Ambassador, Gabe Fuentes, he was stranded on the moon. And when he’s rescued by Kaen, another Ambassador, things don’t get better: It turns out that the Outlast— a race of aliens that has been systematically wiping out all other creatures—are coming. And they’ve set their sights on Earth.

  3. Crash Course - Guardians of the Galaxymeets Minecraft in this hilarious sci-fi series for middle grade readers.a TERRAFORMING 101 - Learn the basics of FARMING IN SPACE!! Open to first year students.a For eleven-year-old Elara, life at the Academy of Terraforming Arts is a lot tougher-and stranger-than she expected. Her latest experiment accidentally blew up the moon. Her roommate, Clare, is a mute intergalactic sponge. And no one at her new school knows what it’s like to grow up on a planet called “Nowhere.” But if the greatest Planetary Designers in the galaxy made it through their first year, then so can she. Based on the real science behind terraforming, this action-packed story mixes world-building adventures with side-splitting humor, plus a dash of intergalactic madness.

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Books About Aliens and Action And Adventure

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The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys
Written & illustrated by Aaron Blabey
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
"First published by Scholastic Australia Pty Limited in 2017"--Colophon. The Bad Guys are vanishing! A creature with TONS of teeth and WAY too many butts is stealing them, one by one. Is this the end for the Bad Guys? Maybe. Will it be funny? You bet your butts it will!
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Aliens for Breakfast
Written by Stephanie Spinner and Jonathan Etra & illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in Richard's class. Simultaneous.
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Space Camp
Written by Ray O’Ryan & illustrated by Jason Kraft
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-9
Zack and his friends are off to space camp on a new planet in the fourteenth Galaxy Zack adventure. Camp Among the Stars! Summer vacation is finally here and Zack is pumped for space camp! He can’t wait to play galactic games, tell scary stories, and go on crazy camping adventures with new friends. But when there’s trouble between his cabin mates, it’s up to Zack to bring everyone together. Will he be able to find a solution before the entire summer is ruined? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Galaxy Zack chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.
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Ambassador book
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We're Off to Look for Aliens book
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Eternity's Wheel book
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  1. Ambassador - Gabe Fuentes is in for the ride of his life when he becomes Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy in this otherworldly adventure from the National Book Award–winning author of Goblin Secrets. Gabe Fuentes is reading under the covers one summer night when he is interrupted by a creature who looks like a purple sock puppet. The sock puppet introduces himself as the Envoy and asks if Gabe wants to be Earth’s ambassador to the galaxy. What sane eleven-year-old could refuse? Some ingenious tinkering with the washing machine sends Gabe’s “entangled” self out to the center of the galaxy. There he finds that Earth is in the path of a destructive alien force—and Gabe himself is the target of an assassination.

  2. We're Off to Look for Aliens - It’s a book within a book! Wonderfully wacky as ever, Colin McNaughton sets off in search of strange and silly aliens. When an author gets his book in the mail, he’s nervous to have his family read it. And no wonder! It stars a guy who takes off in a rocket ship and meets a ghastly array of alien creatures — some smelly, some with eyes in their belly — and one lovely alien who steals his heart. Madcap rhymes and zany illustrations will tickle kids’ funny bones, while a book within a book drives home a final twist.

  3. Eternity's Wheel - The heart-pounding conclusion to the bestselling InterWorld series, from Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, and Mallory Reaves! Eternity’s Wheel is full of time and space travel, magic, science, and the bravery of a young boy who must now face his destiny as a young man. Joey Harker never wanted to be a leader. But he’s the one everyone is looking to now that FrostNight looms, and he’ll have to step up if he has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Multiverse, and everything in between.

  4. Bad Order - A Wrinkle in Time meets Stranger Things in an out-of-this-world fast-paced middle grade story about a sister and her special little brother fighting to save the world from an interdimensional catastrophe. Mary Day’s life has always been different, because her little brother, Albie, is different. He doesn’t speak, but he can communicate with Mary via mental telepathy, sending her—and her alone—“mind memos.” To Albie, Mary is Pearl, the person he holds most precious. Then, one snowy day, Albie transmits an alarming two-word message: Bad order. Soon after, Mary and her best friend, Brit, discover a mysterious red mist in the woods that seems to draw them in . . . and turn all their feelings negative. A visit from three extraterrestrials (hilariously trying to pass as human) reveals the truth: there’s a disastrous leak in the dimensional universe—and if Albie can’t repair it, angry, evil thoughts will overtake the entire population. Can Mary, Brit, Brit’s brother Lars, and Albie save the world? And will Mary finally realize that she, like Albie, has something special inside herself?

Books About Aliens and School

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The Alien Next Door 1: The New Kid
Written by A.I. Newton & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
In the first book of the Alien Next Door series, an alien boy named Zeke tries to fit in and adjust to life on Earth, while a classmate, Harris, suspects that Zeke might not be quite what he claims to be. Zeke the alien is on his way to his first day of school, feeling down because he has to start over again on a new planet, as his scientist parents constantly move to wherever their research takes them. When he gets to school, no one seems to notice anything strange or different about him except Harris, a kid obsessed with science fiction and aliens. Harris sees Zeke doing extraordinary things but can't convince anyone, least of all his best friend, Roxy, that Zeke might be an alien. Roxy just thinks Harris is jealous that she's becoming friends with Zeke. But when Roxy invites Zeke over to Harris's house, will Harris find a way to prove that he's right?
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Dragons from Mars Go to School
Written by Deborah Aronson & illustrated by Colin Jack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A funny and rhythmic picture book about two unexpected schoolmates from outer space—perfect for fans of Dragons Love Tacos The dragons from Mars are headed to school. But when Molly and Fred arrive at the classroom door, they realize life at school might come with some challenges. Will Nathaniel’s larger-than-most pals fit in with the rest of his class? This Seussian tale about dragons who settle on Earth to join their human friend at school is a pure delight. Don’t miss Molly, Fred, and Nathaniel’s first adventure: Dragons from Mars!
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The Alien Next Door 4: Trick or Cheat?
Written by A.I. Newton & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
In the fourth book of the Alien Next Door series, Halloween is just around the corner, and Harris is excited to share the holiday with Zeke, who doesn't even need a costume! Harris is ready for Halloween and is very excited when he sees Zeke's "costume," which is just his true alien form. Harris is sure Zeke will win the costume contest at school! Zeke also uses his powers to help Harris make the best costume he's ever had, but Roxy feels left out, as she and Harris usually make costumes together every year. On Halloween, one of the other kids at school is jealous of Zeke's amazing costume and plots to sabotage it. Will Harris and Roxy be able to stop him and help Zeke win the costume contest?
Honorable Mentions
Mr. Cooper Is Super! book
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Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (And the ... the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) book
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Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies book
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Double Trouble book
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  1. Mr. Cooper Is Super! - With more than 12 million books sold, My Weird School really gets kids reading! This chapter book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 5 to 7 who are ready to read independently. It’s a fun way to keep your child engaged and as a supplement for activity books for children. In the very first book in the laugh-out-loud My Weirdest School series, A.J.’s third-grade teacher, Mr. Granite, is retiring after a million hundred years. It turns out the new teacher, Mr. Cooper, is even weirder than Mr. Granite! One day he’s Rat Man and he teaches about rodents. The next day he’s Lava Man and he teaches about volcanoes. But what happens when a real superhero is needed? Will Mr. Cooper protect the school from evil, or just embarrass it to death? Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  2. Captain Underpants and the Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies From Outer Space (And the ... the Equally Evil Lunchroom Zombie Nerds) - Alien lunch ladies attack in the third book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by Dav Pilkey, the creator of Dog Man!George and Harold have played a trick or two on nearly everyone at Jerome Horwitz Elementary. When their latest prank causes the school’s cranky cafeteria ladies to quit, Mr. Krupp hires a trio of unusual replacements — who happen to look an awful lot like aliens! Will that curtain-caped crusader, Captain Underpants, save the day once more? Or will those outer-space cafeteria ladies have him for lunch?

  3. Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat: Enemies - Klawde is not your basic cat. He’s an emperor from another planet, exiled to Earth. He’s cruel. He’s cunning. He’s brilliant… and he’s also Raj Banerjee’s best friend. Klawde and Raj are back! As summer turns to fall, our favorite warlord cat remains in his pitiful exiled existence. But Raj has an even scarier prospect than cosmic exile: starting at a new school. And if things didn’t seem complicated enough, both cat and human are confronted with two figures from their past they did not expect to pop up in Elba, Oregon… Heavily illustrated, with a hilarious, biting voice that switches between Raj’s and Klawde’s perspectives, Klawde #2 is the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges as two fish out of water continue to find their footing in strange new worlds.

  4. Double Trouble - Beep and Bob accidentally clone themselves for the school science fair in this fourth book in the hilarious, action-packed Beep and Bob series! What’s twice as fun as Beep and Bob? Two Beeps and Bobs! While up too late working on his science fair project, Bob accidentally points a duplication ray at Beep. To his shock, another Beep appears! Beep decides the more, the better, so he points the ray at Bob and PRESTO: it’s Bob 2 (or Backwards Bob). At first Bob thinks their clones are creepy, but it doesn’t take long to realize that having duplicates comes with perks: they can sleep in while their clones go to class! Then the real Beep and Bob discover a hitch: the Beep and Bob clones are EVIL, and are planning to duplicate an EVIL Earth to rule! How will they possibly get themselves (and themselves!) out of this one?

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