the Planets for Kids

Young children are curious about the sun and the moon, but beyond those visible bodies, it gets harder. Adults have a hard time wrapping their heads around those planets way out there in the solar system, so imagine how much more challenging it is for young children given their concrete way of seeing the world around them.

Children's books are great for overcoming this significant challenge!  Below are our favorite books on the planets for kids!  We're just getting started on this list, so please let us know if we've missed your favorite. And when you are done browsing, click the big yellow arrow to see books about the constellations and space in general.

13 Planets
A New View of the Solar System
4th grade - 6th grade

Postcards from Pluto
A Tour of the Solar System
1st grade - 3rd grade

Our Solar System
by Seymour Simon
3rd grade - 6th grade

Exploring the Solar System
A History with 22 Activities
5th grade - 8th grade

Planets in Our Solar System
(Lets Read & Find Out Science)
by Franklyn Branley
Kindergarten - 2nd grade

Destination: Mars
by Seymour Simon
3rd grade - 5th grade

by Seymour Simon
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

Destination: Jupiter
by Seymour Simon
2nd grade - 4th grade

Planet Name Game
(Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat --
Step into Reading Level 2)

by Tish Rabe
Preschool - 1st grade

You Are the First Kids on Mars
by Patrick O'Brien
Kindergarten - 3rd grade

National Geographic Reader: Planets
by Elizabeth Carney
2nd grade - 4th grade

Motorized Solar System Model
by Educational Insights
(this isn't a book, but we are including it here anyway because it's pretty cool. And...having a 3D model is great for teaching planets for kids :)

(books covering the sun, earth/sun relations, the moon, and space travel)

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