Best Books on the Sun
& the Moon for Kids

Below are fun, education books on the sun and moon for kids--covering topics like attributes and phases of the moon, moon landings, how the earth's rotation is what creates our seasons... These books can make teaching and learning about our universe even more fun and effective.  With improvements in space technologies (like the Hubble telescope), we now have breathtaking photographs that allow us to see the moon, the sun, and even far off phenomena 'up close and personal.'  Many of the books below include these stunning images!

Plus...we have a second page of space books (about planets in our solar system, constellations, and the universe in general). To see those books, click the big arrow at the bottom of the page.

The list below of space books for kids includes links to buy the books on Amazon.  Or, to save 50% or more on math children's books, check out our list of SALE books on space.  Our books are a great deal! All are used but are in great condition, some are even like new.

Books on the Moon for Kids
with links to buy on Amazon

When the Moon Is Full
(poems honor the full moons
of each month; full of stunning wood-cuts by Caldecott winner)

by Penny Pollock
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

The Moon Book
(answers common kid's
questions on the moon with straightforward explanations)
by Gail Gibbons

1st grade - 4th grade

Papa, Please Get the
Moon for Me

(a father and child observe
the moon changes--great art)
by Eric Carle

Preschool - 1st grade

The Moon
(describes the moon and
its relationship to Earth;
great photos!)
by Seymour Simon

2nd grade - 5th grade

Faces of the Moon
(describes phases of the moon
with cut-outs & colorful prints)
by Bob Crelin

1st grade - 4th grade

The Moon Seems
to Change

(moon phases plus kid-friendly
experiments--a Let's
Read &
Find Out Science

by Franklin Branley
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

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

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

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

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

2nd grade - 5th grade

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

1st grade - 4th grade

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

very suspenseful retelling)

by Catherine Thimmesh
5th grade & Up

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

4th grade - 6th grade

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

by Richard Platt
4th grade - 7th grade

Moon in Your Classroom
Uncle Milton's Moon in My
is a great
resource for
teaching the
phases of the
moon! It's a
realistic moon that
up whenever the
room is
dark AND can also
the 12 phases of the
(with a remote).
click for details

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: