Best Moon Children's Books

Here is a continuation of our big list of the best children's books about the moon.  For books on other space topics, check out the bottom of this page.

7.  If You Decide to Go to the Moon

If You Decide to Go
to the Moon

(lavishly illustrated, whimsical-
but-educational travel manual
for visiting the moon)
by Faith McNulty

Kindergarten - 2nd grade


click here to see more pages or buy this book

8.  One Giant Leap 

One Giant Leap
(the story of the first moon
landing; award winning
and full of great
impressionistic illustrations)
by Robert Burleigh

1st grade - 3rd grade

click here to see more pages or buy this book

9.  The Moon Over Star 

The Moon Over Star
(A young narrator reflects on
witnessing the first moon
landing; illustrated by
Jerry Pinkney!)
by Dianna Hutts Aston

Kindergarten - 2nd grade

10.  r 

(award-winning retelling
of Apollo 11; full of eye-
popping illustrations)
by Brian Floca

2nd grade - 5th grade

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Reaching for the Moon
(picture book autobiography
of astronaut Buzz Aldrin--
beautifully illustrated!)
by Buzz Aldrin

1st grade - 4th grade

10.  r 

Team Moon
(subtitled "How 400,000 People
Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon";

very suspenseful retelling)

by Catherine Thimmesh
5th grade & Up

10.  r 

Home on the Moon
(explains what it would be
like to colonize the moon)
by Marianne Dyson

4th grade - 6th grade

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Moon Landing
(the history of moon
with foldouts
and pop-ups that show
mechanics, lunar module...)

by Richard Platt
4th grade - 7th grade

Books on the Sun for Kids

On Earth
(explains earth's orbit, rotation,
and tilt -- love the illustrations!)
by G. Brian Karas

Preschool - 2nd grade

The Sun
(shares the splendor of the
sun with large, crisp, full-
color illustrations)
by Seymour Simon

Kindergarten - 3rd grade

My Light
(explores light and energy;
told in the voice of the sun)
by Molly Bang

1st grade - 5th grade

Sunshine Makes
the Seasons

Let's Read & Find Out Science
explains how the rotation of
the earth creates our seasons)

by Franklyn Branley
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

What Makes Day
and Night

Let's Read & Find Out Science
explains how earth's rotation
creates days and nights)

by Franklyn Branley
2nd grade - 3rd grade

Also, there are a lot of great free animations (short videos) on YouTube that can be helpful when teaching earth / sun relations. Sometimes students have to see it in action in order to really understand! Click on the link above to see a good option (and other interesting videos on the solar system for kids.)

(covering planets, constellations, and the solar system for kids)

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And lastly, while we specialize in reviewing children's books, we have run across some pretty cool educational learning toys that we think would be great to add to classroom or at home 'space exploration.' Check out these fun options: