Amazing Kids Picture 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!

Even Aliens Need Snacks book
#1
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
#2
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.

The Night the Stars Went Out book
#3
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
#4
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

My Sister is an Alien! book
#5
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.

  1. Earth Space Moon Base - An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.

  2. The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot - 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.

  3. E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial - 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.

  4. Earth to Clunk - 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.

Here Come the Aliens! book
#10
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.

Marshmallows for Martians book
#11
Marshmallows for Martians
Written by Charlotte Guillain and 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!

The Babysitter from Another Planet book
#12
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.

Aliens Are Coming! book
#13
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.

The Wump World book
#14
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.

  1. Space - How big is the universe? What would it be like to live on Venus? Is there life on another planet? What was the Big Bang? How does space travel work? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this interactive lift-the-flap fact book. Embark on an epic journey through space and see the amazing Milky Way, find out what life is like for astronauts and take a closer look at life outside our galaxy … could aliens really exist?

  2. Aliens Love Underpants - It’s a totally zany story with some of the silliest illustrations to appear in many seasons—which is to say that Aliens Love Underpants will be a surefire hit among toddlers and beginning readers. When little aliens fly down to Earth, they don’t come to visit because they want to meet the Earthlings. They simply want to steal everybody’s underpants! They like them large or small, they like them red or green—and they like them in all other sizes and colors, too. They think that Mom’s pink, frilly panties are a perfect place to hide. And Grandpa’s woolly long johns make a super-whizzy slide! The text is in verse, the illustrations are big and bright, and kids who open this book will giggle from first page to last.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

Meet the Latkes book
#19
Meet the Latkes
Written and illustrated by Alan Silberberg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Imagine James Marshall’s The Stupids celebrating Hanukkah, and you’d get the Latke family!

Lucy Latke’s family is just like yours or mine. Except that they’re potato pancakes. And also, they are completely clueless. After lighting the menorah and gobbling the gelt, Grandpa Latke tells everyone the Hanukkah story, complete with mighty Mega Bees who use a giant dreidel to fight against the evil alien potatoes from Planet Chhh. It’s up to the Latke family dog to set the record straight. (To start with, they were Maccabees, not Mega Bees…) But he’ll have to get the rest of the Latkes to listen to him first!

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