May 11, 2023
Looking for some out-of-this-world reading? Gravitate toward our staff-curated list
Let these great reads, inspired by our space-themed summer reading club, transport you!
For ages 5 and under
The Space Walk
Required by Ground Control to eat right, exercise, dress warmly and not speak to strangers, astronaut Randolph Witherspoon dutifully prepares for a space walk before unexpected challenges lead to a new friend.
Tiny Little Rocket
An epic space journey perfect for any bedtime-- earth or space-- that puts the reader right in the cockpit!
I Want to Be… An Astronaut
This book will help kids imagine what it's like to be an astronaut, starting with putting on a spacesuit and entering the cockpit before blastoff, to visiting the space station and zooming around planets.
Hush, Little Rocket
Set to the tune of "Hush, Little Baby," this bedtime picture book introduces children to the solar system while lulling them into a slumber filled with cosmic dreams.
I Really Want To Fly To the Moon!
Really Bird and his friends set their sights on an out-of-this-world adventure, in this book that stresses the importance of patience, understanding and teamwork.
For ages 6 to 8
Keri Claiborne Boyle
The Black Hole Debacle
Jordie loves space. She can't believe it when she finds a black hole in her desk. But when it starts snarfing everything in sight-- including her dog-- she realizes the black hole needs to go home.
To Boldly Go
JB NICHOLS NICHELLE
The empowering true story of Nichelle Nichols and how she used her platform on "Star Trek" to inspire and recruit a new generation of diverse astronauts and many others in the space and STEM fields.
What Do We Know About the Roswell Incident?
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This exploration of the 1947 Roswell Incident, believed to be the most infamous UFO sighting ever, presents the facts of what we do know, discussing whether it was evidence of alien life, a government cover-up or just a myth.
My Journey to the Stars
J 629.45 KEL
A picture book memoir by the first NASA astronaut to spend an entire year in space traces his childhood as an average student through his record-breaking mission on the International Space Station.
The Cosmic Adventures of Astrid and Stella
In their first adventure, best friends Astrid and Stella discover the cute and cuddly planet Caturn and the beach-covered planet Bloop. At each stop, they’ll meet new pals, solve friendship conundrums and stop one evil tyrant-- with lots of dance breaks and snack attacks along the way.
Bright Family Vacation
The Bright Family find their relaxing days riding waterslides and eating space ramen put on hold when a portal drops them deep in the jungle on an unknown planet instead of at a luxury resort, turning their vacation into the adventure of a lifetime.
Carmella Van Vleet and Kathy Sullivan
To the Stars!
J 629.45 VAN
Renowned astronaut and distinguished scientist Kathryn Sullivan defied the conventions of her childhood to pursue interests previously limited to boys, becoming the first woman to walk in space.
Children of Stardust
After stumbling upon a strange, golden pyramid that imbues him with a legendary power, Zero is recruited to take part in a dangerous, intergalactic quest to track down the infamous mask of the Shaman King.
Donna Barba Higuera
The Last Cuentista
Earth has been destroyed, and when Petra Peña wakes up after an interstellar journey to a new planet for a select group of scientists and their families, she is the only one who remembers their home world.
Erin Entrada Kelly
We Dream of Space
Joining their fellow seventh graders to watch the 1986 Challenger launch, three siblings struggle with respective difficulties including falling grades, an out-of-control temper and depressed NASA ambitions.
Clues to the Universe
Told from their different points of view, aspiring rocket scientist Ro and introverted artist Benji become science class partners and unlikely friends, together setting out to build a rocket and search for Benji's long-lost father using clues in his favorite comic book series.
JB MELVIN LELAND
A memoir by the former NASA astronaut and NFL wide receiver traces his personal journey from the gridiron to the stars, examining the intersecting roles of community, perseverance and grace that create opportunities for success.
A Rover's Story
Built to explore Mars, Resilience, a.k.a. Res, learns new things from NASA scientists and begins to develop human-like feelings, especially when he arrives on the planet, where he is tested in ways that go beyond space exploration.
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Orson Scott Card
Waking up in a cloning factory on a seemingly abandoned Earth, Laz struggles to survive in the barren wasteland he's now trapped in, where his only bright spot is a clone who could be the key to the mysteries plaguing him.
Across a Field of Starlight
Lu and Fassen are from different worlds and separate solar systems, so when the war of Fassen's world invades Lu's peaceful home, they find themselves at the forefront of a battle they hoped would never happen.
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Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Caught in the crossfire of a megacorporation rivalry in 2575, Kady and Ezra, who have just broken up, flee their home planet on an evacuation ship that is quickly overwhelmed by a fast-spreading plague.
Alone Out Here
When the apocalypse arrives early, a group of teens, including First Daughter Leigh Chen, searches for a habitable planet on a starship manned by the pilot's mysterious daughter, with whom Leigh struggles for control of the mission.
K. M. Watts
Andromeda, a cyborg and heir to the entire kingdom of the Moon, dreams of nothing but freedom and adventure outside the protective dome of royalty. But when her parents arrange her marriage to an Earthen prince, the 18-year-old must put her kingdom before dreams of independence.
Where It Rains in Color
When her flawless skin becomes infected with a debilitating disease, causing her to lose her ability to shimmer, Lileala, the Rare Indigo of a color-rich utopia in the center of the galaxy, discovers her destiny goes far beyond her beauty as a new power awakens inside her.
John Glenn: A Memoir
B GLENN JOHN
The first American astronaut to orbit the globe recalls a life testing the limits, from his days as a daredevil test pilot to his terms in the U.S. Senate to his flight into space aboard the shuttle Discovery.
My Remarkable Journey
B JOHNSON KATHERINE
The woman at the heart of the award-winning film Hidden Figures shares her personal journey from child prodigy in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia to NASA human computer.
The Astronaut Wives Club
Describes what lives were like for a group of military wives, including Annie Glenn, Rene Carpenter, Betty Grissom and Louise Shepherd, who were thrust into the spotlight when their husbands became Mercury Seven astronauts.
Mary Robinette Kowal
The Calculating Stars
When a huge meteorite falls to earth in 1952, it obliterates much of the east coast of the United States.
The Disordered Cosmos
A leading theoretical physicist looks at how science is subject to the same kind of racism and sexist that exists in other fields, and lays out a new approach for everyone to experience and understand the cosmos.
Inspired by the civilizations of the pre-Columbian Americas, this epic adventure follows the unbalancing of the holy city of Tova amid a fateful solstice eclipse.
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Margot Lee Shetterly
This account documents the pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how, in spite of their groundbreaking successes, they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws.
An Unkindness of Ghosts
Aster lives in the lowdeck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel-- organized much like the antebellum South-- that ferries the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land.
Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and environmental challenges that test his ingenuity.
The Right Stuff
The moments of grandeur and weakness, the aspirations and the problems of America's astronauts are revealed in an exploration of the dimensions of their inner lives in space, on the moon and on the earth.
I am a youth services librarian who enjoys reading picture books, graphic novels and realistic fiction. Besides indulging in the art of hibernation, you can find me near food, watching YouTube videos and listening to my favorite podcasts.