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
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.
An epic space journey perfect for any bedtime-- earth or space-- that puts the reader right in the cockpit!
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.
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.
For ages 6 to 8
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.
J 001.942 HUB
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
When a huge meteorite falls to earth in 1952, it obliterates much of the east coast of the United States.
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.
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.
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 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.