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Rockets: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about rockets?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to rockets. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about rockets.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about rockets, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Edward Built a Rocketship to popular sellers like Rocket Science for Babies.

We hope this list of kids books about rockets can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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Edward Built a Rocketship
Written by Michael Rack & illustrated by Graham Ross and Michael Rack
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

3…2…1… KAA-BOOM! Edward blasts into space on a magical tour of the Milky Way with meteor showers, asteroids, and aliens. This brightly illustrated adventure is one you definitely won’t forget!

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Future Astronaut
Written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Allison Black
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ground Control to Major Baby: Could you be an astronaut?

Does baby have what it takes to become an astronaut? That’s an affirmative, Houston! Discover all the incredible ways that prove baby already has what it takes to become an astronaut — from growing healthy teeth to eating from plastic packs to working in small spaces. Includes lots of fun astronaut facts to help prepare little ones for takeoff!

Future Baby is an adorable new board book series that takes a playful peek into an assortment of powerful careers and shows little ones how their current skills match up with the job at hand. With Future Baby, babies can be anything!

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Rocket Science for Babies
Written & illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Ages 0 to 3 years Rocket Science for Babies by Chris Ferrie is an introduction to aerospace engineering (also known as rocket science). Baby will learn the principles of lift and thrust, the forces responsible for flight. This is the first in a series of books designed to stimulate your baby and introduce them to the world of science. Also coming in May are: Newtonian Physics for Babies General Relativity for Babies Quantum Physics for Babies

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Bitty Bot
Written by Tim McCanna & illustrated by Tad Carpenter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“All of the bots in Botsburg are powering down for the night…but Bitty Bot isn’t tired! Bitty decides to build a rocket and go on a space adventure instead of going to sleep”—

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Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering!
Written by Ruth Spiro & illustrated by Irene Chan
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this book explores the basics of flight - from birds, to planes and rockets - and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!

Tiny Little Rocket book
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  • Tiny Little Rocket - 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!

  • Pine & Boof: Blast Off! - Frog and Toad meets Elephant & Piggie in the second installment of a humorous and heartfelt picture book series about the adventures of Boof the bear and Pine the porcupine, from the acclaimed author-illustrator of There’s a Giraffe in My Soup and I Am Not a Chair! There’s no one Boof the bear would rather spend the day with than his best friend—Pine the porcupine. And there’s nothing he’d rather do than collect things, which is his favorite hobby of all time. So one day, when Boof is collecting rocks with Pine, he doesn’t think the day could get any better, until . . . An egg falls on Boof’s head—all the way from outer space! Now it’s up to Pine and Boof to return the space egg to its space nest . . . before it hatches. They’ll need a rocket ship, space training, and plenty of sandwiches for the trip. But most important, they’ll need each other to complete a mission that’s out of this world! Pine & Boof: Blast Off! tells the story of an unlikely friendship through highly original characters and vibrant illustrations that are impossible not to love.

  • How to Be on the Moon - In the follow-up to How to Find Gold, best friends Anna and Crocodile are going on another intrepid adventure — this time, to the moon. It’s almost impossible to get to the moon. It’s out in space, which is dark and empty, and it’s very far away. If Anna and Crocodile are going to make it to the moon, they’ll need some special skills, like being able to do math and having a lot of patience. They’ll also need to build a rocket. Not to mention the sandwiches for the journey. Luckily, when Anna and Crocodile put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. Full of the same cheerful charm that made How to Find Gold so endearing, Viviane Schwarz’s pitch-perfect text and wonderfully colorful illustrations launch this story off the page in a true celebration of curiosity and the magic of imaginative play.

  • First Baby Days: On the Move - A stimulating interactive first book to share with your baby. Trains, rockets, cars, and more! First Baby Days: On the Move features striking red, black, and white art meant to stimulate your baby’s vision as they are introduced to vehicles. Each scene can be extended by the pull-tabs included on each spread, making this book even more interactive.

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Astromouse
Written & illustrated by Steve Smallman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

When Pip the mouse learns that the moon is made of stinky cheese, he has a big idea – he’s going to be an Astromouse! Pip makes himself a rocket out of an old funnel and some cardboard, and prepares for take-off. But blasting to the moon is harder than he thought and things don’t go quite to plan. On his way home Pip sees a huge reflection of the moon in a pond. The moon has come to him! As he reaches down to break off a piece of stinky cheese, the eyes of a large frog appear and a frightened Pip runs all the way back home. He decides the moon is far to scary for a mouse, and he’d much rather live with his mom instead.

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When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry
Written by Kristen Fulton & illustrated by Diego Funck
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Robert Goddard may be known as the father of US rocketry, but back in the 1880s, he was just a kid in Worcester, Massachusetts. Even as a youngster, his eyes glimmered with scientific interest and the thrill of discovery. With BAMS! POPS! BANGS! he experimented time and time again with one mission: make his rockets fly! Join Kristen Fulton and Diego Funck as they take you on one explosive journey about a young kid who shot for the moon, never gave up, and let his creative sparks of curiosity burn bright.

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Oliver Who Would Not Sleep
Written by Mara Bergman & illustrated by Nick Maland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Move over, Frances the badger, and good night, silly old moon. Meet Oliver — a boy who *really* knows how to stay up!

Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep
COULDN’T and DIDN’T and WOULD NOT SLEEP!

And why should he? As soon as his parents shut his door, Oliver’s off on all kinds of explorations: painting and reading, drawing and racing — and a little trip to Mars for good measure. But his explorations end where all explorations should: safe at home, in a warm bed . . . asleep.

For every parent with an Oliver (or Olivia) in their lives, and every child seeking a little fun before shut-eye, OLIVER WHO WOULD NOT SLEEP is the perfect bedtime adventure.

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Go, Otto, Go!
Written & illustrated by David Milgrim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Otto the robot builds a spaceship in this funny and poignant Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. This Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator David Milgrim is part of the award-winning, star-reviewed The Adventures of Otto series!

See Otto work. Work, work, work on a spaceship to take him home.

Since landing on Earth, Otto has made many friends, but what Otto wants most is to visit his family. Will Otto’s spaceship take him up, up, up, so he can go, go, go?

Find out in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with bright illustrations and minimal text for the true emergent reader.

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