Best Children's Books About Rockets

12 Children's Books About Rockets

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Rocket Science for Babies book
#1
Rocket Science for Babies
Written and 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

When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry book
#2
When Sparks Fly: The True Story of Robert Goddard, the Father of US Rocketry
Written by Kristen Fulton and 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.

First Baby Days: On the Move book
#3
First Baby Days: On the Move
Written by and illustrated by Mojca Dolinar
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

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.

Rocket Ship Adventure! book
#4
Rocket Ship Adventure!
Written by Stanley Strickland and illustrated by Paco Sordo
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Grab hold of this book that lets you steer a rocket ship on an adventure! We have liftoff! Grab the steering wheel to hold the rocket steady as we leave Earth! Strap into your seat and put on your helmet-it's time to blast off into space! Kids will love using the die-cut handles in this novelty board book to control the rocket ship and steer around things like asteroids and black holes while exploring space!

Astromouse book
#5
Astromouse
Written and 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.

Space Walkies book
#6
Space Walkies
Written and illustrated by Robert Dunn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When Bailey the dog, scampers off without his owner, he ends up having an out-of-this world adventure! Bailey is adventurous and often gets in trouble for eating Orson's dinner or chewing dad's slippers. One day, he heads off on his own and discovers a space rocket in the neighbour's garden. It's not long before Bailey is inside the rocket and heading for the Moon! The Moon is fun and different, and he even makes friends with some shiny robot dogs! it's not quite the same as home though and Bailey starts to miss Orson and his normal earth walkies. A game of Space fetch soon turns dangerous and Bailey finds himself hurtling toward Earth. Or does he? Throughout the years, QEB has built this successful Storytime series. These charming books combine colorful illustrations with heart-warming narrative, each with its own unique message.

Bitty Bot book
#7
Bitty Bot
Written by Tim McCanna and 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"--

Little Owl's First Day book
#8
Little Owl's First Day
Written by Debi Gliori and illustrated by Alison Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

It's a big day for Little Owl. His first day at school. Little Owl doesn't want a big day though. He'd rather stay at home and have fun with Mummy and Baby Owl. But at school he gets to build a rocket, learn to fly and even make a tiny new friend. Maybe big days spent with friends can be lots of fun after all! From the bestselling creators of Little Owl's Egg comes another gentle and comforting story about the lovable Little Owl. Perfect for any little one starting nursery or school.

Tiny Little Rocket book
#9
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!

Future Astronaut book
#10
Future Astronaut
Written by Lori Alexander and 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!

Pine & Boof: Blast Off! book
#11
Pine & Boof: Blast Off!
Written and illustrated by Ross Burach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Pocket Rocks book
#12
Pocket Rocks
Written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Helen Flook
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this picture book, a young boy with learning difficulties finds solace in the rocks he collects. and endearing illustrations. In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer’s field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life’s simple pleasures. As a child, Carolyn Beck spent her summers in fields and meadows. Now she spends as much time as she can at her cottage in the Muskokas. This is the second book she has worked on with her sister, Andrea. Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario. Andrea Beck, creator of the Elliot Moose series, loves animals. She had a beagle named Toby, whose black spots reminded her of the patches on a cow. She wishes all cows lived Buttercup’s life. Andrea lives in Unionville, Ontario. She worked on this book using acrylic paint on watercolor paper. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com. Keywords: rhyming, humor, cows, farm Pocket Rocks Sheree Fitch Illustrated by Helen Flook A pocket full of rocks helps Ian Goobie keep his feet on the ground. No matter how hard he tries, even with the help of his classroom aide, Ian Goobie can’t do the things that the other children in his class can do. Every day he dreads going to school. Then he finds a rock, a rock that touches all his senses and whisks him away into a whole other world. From then on, as long as he has a rock in his pocket, Ian Goobie can manage his daily challenges. That is, until Ian has to face his biggest challenge yet.

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