Best Children's Books About Planets

11 Children's Books About Planets

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Wonderful World of Space book
#1
Wonderful World of Space
Written by Andrew Fraknoi and illustrated by Alex Eiserloh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-13

How big is the Galaxy? What is a black hole? Could there be life on other planets? The answers to these and other questions are revealed in the pages of Disney Learning's Wonderful World of Space. Packed with stunning photographs of planets, comets, nebulas, and more and accompanied by Disney and Pixar character illustrations, this volume helps children discover the many fascinations of the universe.

Sun! One in a Billion book
#2
Sun! One in a Billion
Written by Stacy McAnulty and illustrated by Stevie Lewis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Sun: He's a star! And not just any star—he's one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial "autobiography." Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Stevie Lewis, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.

Tiny Little Rocket book
#3
Tiny Little Rocket
Written and illustrated by Richard Collingridge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An epic space journey perfect for any bedtime--earth or space--that puts the reader right in the cockpit and combines Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site with Interstellar Cinderella!

Plants Feed Me book
#4
Plants Feed Me
Written and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An elegant, easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations describe the parts of plants that humans eat. Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers! Detailed illustrations teach new readers about the edible parts of different plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. Labeled diagrams explain how an apple seed can grow into a new plant, reveal how a walnut is contained within its shell, and show how wheat seeds make flour.

Planet of the Penguins book
#5
Planet of the Penguins
Written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Mike Gorman
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Math meets sci-fi in this clever chapter book—the second in a new series—about two numbers-loving friends and their alien adventures. Lamar and Lexie head off on another math-related adventure to help their new space alien friend, Fooz! It seems Fooz's planet has been overrun with penguins—and the inhabitants are terrified of these adorable creatures. In fact, they’re so frightened they turn to stone whenever they see even the tiniest baby penguin. To rescue Fooz and his fellow aliens, Lexie and Lamar must solve a series of equations, including reading map coordinates, determining area, interpreting Roman numerals, and understanding percentages. Can they do it all and save the day?

Nerdy Babies: Space book
#6
Nerdy Babies: Space
Written and illustrated by Emmy Kastner
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

In Nerdy Babies: Space, follow our intrepid infants into the great unknown. Check out the moon and the sun and all the planets in our solar system. Plus, learn about gravity and orbits in this simple text written in question and answer format. With bright artwork and an engaging design, this will be a book that the very littlest nerds will want to return to again and again. Stay curious. There’s more to learn about everything!

The Moon book
#7
The Moon
Written and illustrated by Gemma McMullen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

This series explores the four key elements of our Solar System: the Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the Stars. With each title including fascinating facts and photographic images, young readers will enjoy discovering what lies in the darkness beyond.

The Planets book
#8
The Planets
Written and illustrated by Gemma McMullen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

This series explores the four key elements of our Solar System: the Sun, the Moon, the Planets, and the Stars. With each title including fascinating facts and photographic images, young readers will enjoy discovering what lies in the darkness beyond.

The Babysitter from Another Planet book
#9
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.

There's No Place Like Space book
#10
There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.

The Darkest Dark book
#11
The Darkest Dark
Written by Chris Hadfield and illustrated by The Fan Brothers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible. Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark. But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.

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