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Amazing Kids Books About Aliens

Searching for the best children's books about aliens?

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 And Extraterrestrial Beings

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Even Aliens Need Snacks
Written & illustrated by Matthew McElligott
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Earth Space Moon Base
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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
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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
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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
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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 Extraterrestrial Beings and Family

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Your Alien
Written by Tammi Sauer
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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
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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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  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. 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.

  3. Aliens for Dinner?! - In the second book of the Alien Next Door series, Harris and Roxy go over to Zeke’s house and meet his strange family. Will Harris be able to prove to Roxy that Zeke and his family are aliens? <p/>Harris has his suspicions that the new kid at school, Zeke, is an alien, but he hasn’t been able to prove it to his best friend, Roxy. When they’re both invited over to Zeke’s house, Harris thinks this is the perfect opportunity for him to research Zeke’s alien family and show Roxy that they’re all from another planet. But Roxy is perfectly fine playing with all of Zeke’s alien technology which she just thinks is “hi-tech,” and as a thank you, Harris’s parents invite Zeke’s parents over for dinner. <p/>At dinner, no one but Harris seems to notice all the strange things Zeke’s family is doing-like making food levitate to their mouths. However, Zeke realizes that Harris is the only one noticing these things and decides to use this opportunity to have a little more fun at dinner. . . .

  4. Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth - A one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one's place in the universe.

Books About Aliens And Extraterrestrial Beings and Friendship

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The Night the Stars Went Out
Written & illustrated by Suz Hughes
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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
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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
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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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  1. A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel - A graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture.

    "Know somebody who hasn't met Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who or Mrs Which? Larson's colorful panels bring Madeleine L'Engle's brilliant time-travel favorite to life in an exciting new way. This is page-turning eye candy of the highest order." --James Patterson The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery Award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. In the graphic novel, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters, like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for delighting old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is now a major motion picture from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. Praise for A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel:

    "Know somebody who hasn't met Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who or Mrs Which? Larson's colorful panels bring Madeleine L'Engle's brilliant time-travel favorite to life in an exciting new way. This is page-turning eye candy of the highest order." --James Patterson "This adaptation is fabulous for presenting a fresh vision to those familiar with the original, but it's so true to the story's soul that even those who've never read it will come away with a genuine understanding of L'Engle's ideas and heart." --Booklist, starred review

    "The memorable story of Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O'Keefe's adventure across space and time is conveyed with all the intellectual and emotional impact of the original novel." --BCCB "Larson has remained true to the story, preserving the original chapter format and retaining L'Engle's voice. Black-and-white artwork is accented with blue, echoing the original cover color." --School Library Journal Books by Madeleine L'Engle

    A Wrinkle in Time Quintet
    A Wrinkle in Time
    A Wind in the Door
    A Swiftly Tilting Planet
    Many Waters
    An Acceptable Time
    A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Hope Larson: A standalone story set in the world of A Wrinkle in Time. The Austin Family Chronicles
    Meet the Austins (Volume 1)
    The Moon by Night (Volume 2)
    The Young Unicorns (Volume 3)
    A Ring of Endless Light (Volume 4) A Newbery Honor book!
    Troubling a Star (Volume 5) The Polly O'Keefe books
    The Arm of the Starfish
    Dragons in the Waters
    A House Like a Lotus And Both Were Young Camilla The Joys of Love

  2. A New Planet - In the eighth book of the Alien Next Door series, Harris and Roxy have stowed away aboard Zeke's spaceship and are flying to his home planet of Tragas!

  3. 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}

  4. Up, Up, and Away! - In the seventh book of The Alien Next Door series, Zeke’s parents have completed their research on Earth, and Zeke may have to move away! <p/>Zeke the alien comes home one day to find his parents packing. They tell him that their mission researching Earth is finished, and they’re all going back to Tragas to be assigned to a new planet. Zeke is sad to once again leave and go to an unfamiliar place, especially now that he has great friends on Earth in Harris and Roxy. Harris is just as upset when Zeke tells him, and together, they come up with a plan to try to stop Zeke’s departure. Will they be able to stop his family from going back to their home planet?

Books About Aliens And Extraterrestrial Beings 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.
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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
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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
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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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  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. Gina—The Girl Who Broke the World - An action-packed page turner with heart!--Dav Pilkey, author of DOGMAN

  3. Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit - "An action-packed page turner with heart!"--Dav Pilkey, author of

  4. 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!

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The Way Back Home
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
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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
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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
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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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  1. Spaced Out - The moon base commander has gone missing and Dash Gibson is on the case in the second mind-boggling mystery of the Moon Base Alpha series from the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>Belly Up </i>and <i>Spy School</i>. <p/>There’s nowhere to hide on the world’s first moon base. After all, it’s only the size of a soccer field. So when Nina Stack, the commander of Moon Base Alpha, mysteriously vanishes, the Moonies are at a total loss. <p/>Though he may be just twelve years old, Dashiell Gibson is the best detective they’ve got. But this confusing mystery pushes Dash to his limits. Especially since Dash accidentally made contact with an alien and has to keep it a secret. With the fate of the entire human race hanging in the balance, will Dash be able to solve the mystery of the missing Moonie?

  2. 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”–

  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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Monster ABC
Written by Kyle Sullivan & illustrated by Derek Sullivan
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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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The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys
Written & illustrated by Aaron Blabey
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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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Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
"An action-packed page turner with heart!"--Dav Pilkey, author of DOG MAN

Take off on an action packed adventure with HILO Book 2! Dog Manmeets Big Natein this hilarious New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids love!

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  1. Peanut Butter & Santa Claus: A Zombie Culinary Tale - When Santa gets snowed in at the North Pole, it’s up to three heroes from Quirkville to save the day—but they’re in for an ooey-gooey surprise! Reginald (the zombie), Zarfon (the alien), and Abigail Zink (the human) are all preparing for Christmas in Quirkville when the terrible news breaks: CHRISTMAS IS CANCELED! Santa is snowed in at the North Pole. The three friends hatch a plan to save the day. They load into Zarfon’s spaceship—along with lots of peanut butter for a surprise Christmas delivery to his home planet later on—and head straight for the North Pole. When they arrive, they find that Santa and his elves are trapped, not by snow, but by a marshmallow cream explosion. With a little bit of creativity, a little bit of Christmas spirit, and one big KA-POW!, the pals from Quirkville save Christmas and inadvertently create a delicious treat!

  2. 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.

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Alien Adventure
Written & illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

Two little boys build a rocket and zoom off for an out-of-this-world adventure with the aliens in space. What will happen next? Push, pull, and slide the scenes to bring this magical book to life! With mechanisms on every spread, Busy Aliens is the perfect book for imaginative young children with inquisitive fingers and minds.

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If You Come to Earth
Written & illustrated by Sophie Blackall
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Recommend Ages: 5-8
From two-time Caldecott Winner author-illustrator Sophie Blackall!
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There's an Alien in Your Book
Written by Tom Fletcher & illustrated by Greg Abbott
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Recommend Ages: 3-7
A new interactive adventure from the team that brought you
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  1. 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.

  2. Your Alien Returns - When you least expect it, something special will get your attention. Your alien will be back. He will invite you over for a play date. Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien, it’s the human boy’s turn to visit the extraterrestrial’s home planet–and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives.

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The New Kid
Written by A.I. Newton & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
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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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Trick or Cheat?
Written by A.I. Newton & illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
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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! <p/>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. <p/>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?

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Dragons from Mars Go to School
Written by Deborah Aronson & illustrated by Colin Jack
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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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  1. Trick or Cheat? - 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

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Lights on Wonder Rock
Written by David Litchfield
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

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Out There
Written & illustrated by Tom Sullivan
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

This stunning picture book will have young readers wondering about outer space and life on other planets while imparting a surprising and profound message of empathy. From the author/illustrator of Blue vs. Yellow and I Used to Be a Fish. Do you ever look up at the night sky and wonder if there is anybody else out there? Are there evil robots or cool aliens? Do they fly in UFOs or live in futuristic cities? Or maybe . . . they are just like us. Out There is a wonder-filled, surprising journey of imagination and empathy, a book that will inspire readers of all ages to reflect on how much we all have in common, despite our differences.

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Alien Tomato
Written by Kristen Schroeder & illustrated by Mette Engell
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

It streaked through the sky on a perfect day in July and landed in the garden…

When a mysterious red orb appears one day, the vegetables aren’t sure what to make of it. They decide that it must be an alien tomato! They name her Allie and try to make her feel as welcome as possible. But Gopher isn’t convinced. He’s sure it’s just a ball.

This delightfully silly tale and its equally hilarious art are a perfect fit for gardeners and sci-fi fans alike.

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  1. Beegu - The story of an alienated alien Beegu’s spacecraft is stranded on Earth. Now she is lost and wandering. Waiting for a rescue signal from her mother, she fails to make friends with the strange creatures she encounters. Rabbits don’t seem to understand her; windblown leaves won’t stay still to listen. But at last, on a school playground, Beegu discovers a group of fantastic companions who are happy to let her join their games . . . until a grownup creature spoils the fun. Beegu’s spirits are sinking lower than ever just as the mother ship arrives, in this simple, bittersweet picture book that shows us our world through the three eyes of an innocent outsider with the help of stylish art and a wry, understated text.

  2. Journey to Juno - Join Zack as he takes a trip to the planet Juno, makes an amazing discovery, and learns the importance of teamwork!

  3. Hello, Nebulon! - Get to know Galaxy Zack--and his new home planet!--in this start to an out-of-this-world illustrated chapter book series.

  4. 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.

Books About Aliens And Extraterrestrial Beings and Identity

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Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
"An action-packed page turner with heart!"--Dav Pilkey, author of
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Hilo Book 4: Waking the Monsters
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Recommend Ages: 7-10
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A Hero for Wondla
Written & illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
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Recommend Ages: 10-14
The second novel in the New York Times bestselling The Search for WondLa series, from the cocreator of The Spiderwick Chronicles.
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  1. Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth - "An action-packed page turner with heart!"--Dav Pilkey, author of DOG MAN Take off on an action packed adventure with HILO Book 1! Dog Manmeets Big Nate in this hilarious New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids love!

  2. Search for WondLa - When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures–a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, “WondLa.” Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children’s literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child’s wish for a place to belong.

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