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A summer reading initiative from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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A is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z

By: Traci N. Todd

Age Level: 3-6 years old

The alphabet is the device used to pique curiosity about astronomy, space travel and things...

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A Long Way Away: A Two-Way Story

By: Frank Viva

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Starting in space, an alien family bids adieu to their offspring (they look a lot like octopuses)...

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I Want to Be an Astronaut

By: Byron Barton

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young girl declares her longing to 'fly on the shuttle into outer space.' The familiar acts of...

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Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing

By: Dean Robbins

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Margaret loved to solve all kinds of problems coming up with original ideas. She wondered why...

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Mousetronaut

By: Mark Kelly

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mice are trained alongside human astronauts to accompany the 2001 space shuttle Endeavor mission....

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Our Stars

By: Anne Rockwell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Scientists use telescopes and satellites to study the stars. But even though they're far away,...

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Rocket to the Moon

By: Lerryn Korda

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Lester explains the basics about the moon and space travel to Little Nye before they take off on...

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Stars

By: Mary Lyn Ray

Age Level: 3-6 years old

From tiny white strawberry blossoms in the spring to snowflakes in the winter, from the tip of a...

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Thanking the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

As they did for the Lunar New Year, each family member contributes to the preparations for the mid-...

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The Planet Hunter: The Story Behind What Happened to Pluto

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Why the once-planet Pluto was demoted to a lesser planetary status is explained in readable text...

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What's Out There? A Book About Space

By: Lynn Wilson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

What is the sun made of? What causes night and day? Why does the moon change shape? Colorful...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Full Moon Is Rising

By: Marilyn Singer

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Come along on a whirlwind tour of the world to discover an amazing collection of full moon...

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Caroline’s Comets: A True Story

By: Emily Arnold McCully

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Caroline Herchel, born in 1750, enjoyed looking at the night sky with her father. She would...

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Faces of the Moon

By: Bob Crelin

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A rhyming text in an intriguing format introduces the moon's cyclical nature — its phases. An...

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Get Outside: The Kids Guide to Fun in the Great Outdoors

By: Jane Drake, Ann Love

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Outdoor adventures await adults and children throughout the year. Illustrated, easy to follow...

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Her Seven Brothers

By: Paul Goble

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A retelling of the Cheyenne legend about the creation of the Big Dipper. A young Indian girl who...

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How the Stars Fell into the Sky

By: Jerrie Oughton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Richly hued illustrations are used to show how First Woman tried to guide humans by providing...

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I, Galileo

By: Bonnie Christensen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The voice of an old, blind Galileo Galilei is used to look back on a life that started in Pisa...

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Look Up! Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer

By: Robert Burleigh

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Meet Henrietta Leavitt, a 19th century pioneer for women in science. From careful observations,...

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Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

By: Brian Floca

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Relive the journey of the Apollo 11 where the first people stepped on the moon's surface...

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On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

By: Jennifer Berne

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As a child, he was a late talker but as he grew up, Albert Einstein never stopped asking questions...

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Out of This World: Poems and Facts About Space

By: Amy Sklansky

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Poems combine with information and evocative illustrations to create a sense of wonder about space...

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Stargazers

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A series of star-spattered night skies done in rich blues and purples gives this introduction to...

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Starry Sky

By: Kate Hayden , Deborah Lock

Age Level: 6-9 years old

From DK Readers allow beginning readers, learn about constellations, galleries, stars, the Sun, and...

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Stars

By: Seymour Simon

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Do aliens come from the stars? What is that twinkling out there? How long does it take for a...

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The Milky Way: A Cherokee Tale

By: Joseph Bruchac, Gayle Ross

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Have you ever wondered how the Milky Way came to be? According to a Cherokee legend, it started...

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The Moon Book

By: Gail Gibbons

Age Level: 6-9 years old

This introductory book offers young children information about the moon: its orbit and phases, its...

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The Sky Is Full of Stars

By: Franklyn Branley

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Young stargazers learn about different star colors and brightness, how to locate major...

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The Stunning Science of Everything: Science with the Squishy Bits Left In

By: Nick Arnold, Tony De Saulles

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Sophisticated young scientists will enjoy dipping in and out of this funny but edifying...

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Zoo in the Sky

By: Jacqueline Mitton

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Take an illuminating ride through the starry night sky with this book from National Geographic....

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Our Moon: New Discoveries About Earth’s Closest Companion

By: Elaine Scott

Age Level: 9-12 years old

People have always been fascinated by the moon. Since Galileo, humans have walked on the moon,...

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Find the Constellations

By: H.A. Rey

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This classic book includes star charts, a guide to the constellations, and details about seasons...

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The Mighty Mars Rovers

By: Elizabeth Rusch

Age Level: 9-12 years old

This book tells the greatest space robot adventure of all time through the eyes — and heart — of...

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Join Minli as she journeys to save her village and her family from a dreary fate by seeking out the...

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