42 Children's Books About Aliens

Updated Feb. 26, 2019
Even Aliens Need Snacks book
Even Aliens Need Snacks
Written and 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.

The Way Back Home book
The Way Back Home
Written and 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.

Hush, Little Alien book
Hush, Little Alien
Written and illustrated by Daniel Kirk
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-18
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?

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.

The Night the Stars Went Out book
The Night the Stars Went Out
Written and 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.

Your Alien book
Your Alien
Written by Tammi Sauer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. But at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows 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 you are.

My Sister is an Alien! book
My Sister is an Alien!
Written and 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.

Earth Space Moon Base book
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.

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot book
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
Written by Margaret McNamara and illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
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.

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.

Bizzy Bear: Space Rocket book
Bizzy Bear: Space Rocket
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
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.

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!

The Babysitter from Another Planet book
The Babysitter from Another Planet
Written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The kids are in for a treat when their parents leave them with a babysitter who is truly out of this world--an alien! When their parents go out for the evening, a brother and sister are left with a babysitter unlike any they've ever had before--an alien from another planet! But even though she seems a little strange, the kids quickly see that this babysitter can make anything fun...even brushing their teeth and doing their homework. This story is literally E.T. meets Mary Poppins, and as soon as the Babysitter from Another Planet is gone, the kids can't wait for her to come back again. With references to everything from '50s Science Fiction movies (sure to produce a chuckle from knowing parents) to ET, bestselling author Stephen Savage has produced a visual and verbal tour de force that will have kids begging for more.

Ada  Lace,  Take  Me  to  Your  Leader book
Ada Lace, Take Me to Your Leader
Written by Emily Calandrelli and 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?

The Alien Next Door 1: The New Kid book
The Alien Next Door 1: The New Kid
Written by A.I. Newton and 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?

Here Come the Aliens! book
Here Come the Aliens!
Written and illustrated by Colin McNaughton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this colourful picture book, the aliens are coming - in all shapes and sizes. But something frightens them off, and they vanish forever.

Aliens Are Coming! book
Aliens Are Coming!
Written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Recounts the night before Halloween in 1938 when Orson Welles narrated a radio version of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" and the ensuing panic around the country when radio listeners believed that the country was being invaded by Martians.

Marshmallows for Martians book
Marshmallows for Martians
Written by Charlotte Guillain, Adam Guillain and illustrated by Lee Wildish
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From the creators of "Spaghetti with the Yeti" comes another fast-paced rhyming romp, featuring an intrepid youngster out to find some martians. With his homemade rocket and map of the stars, George -- a courageous young explorer -- is sure the Martians will be easy to find. But when he touches down on the red planet, the Martians are nowhere to be seen, and George is all alone. Or so he thinks!

One Trick Pony book
One Trick Pony
Written and illustrated by Nathan Hale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

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.

How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens book
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?

The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys book
The Bad Guys in Alien Vs Bad Guys
Written and 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!

Aliens for Breakfast book
Aliens for Breakfast
Written by Jonathan Etra, Stephanie Spinner and 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.

Alien Adventure book
Alien Adventure
Written and illustrated by Yu-Hsuan Huang
board book
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.

Alien Opposites book
Alien Opposites
Written and 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!

E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial book
E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Written by Kim Smith and 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.

Earth to Clunk book
Earth to Clunk
Written by Pam Smallcomb and 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.

The Wump World book
The Wump World
Written and illustrated by Bill Peet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

The Wump World is an unspoiled place until huge monsters bring hordes of tiny creatures from the planet Pollutus.

Monster ABC book
Monster ABC
Written by Kyle Sullivan and 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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