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07-10-2015, 06:04 PM
We stumbled upon a book about Carl Sagan, called Star Stuff. My kid really liked it, but when we went to check out more books about space, they seemed a little more detail oriented than a toddler/preschool age kid wants, I think.

Oh, now that I'm thinking, we also checked out one called "Boy were we wrong about the solar system" that he also seemed to like, though not as much as Star Stuff.

Any other ideas for simple books about space? Narrative style holds his interest best...

07-11-2015, 07:41 AM
DS4 has been checking out simple books about each planet. Not Geo has a cute one that we read a couple pages at a time. I'm sure there's a Magic School Bus one - we've watched the Lost in Space episode about 50 times (2nd only to Busasauras!). Idk any storybooks, though. We are going to do a little space unit in August for two weeks so I'm interested, too.

07-11-2015, 08:53 AM
There is this: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Childrens-Astronomy-Space/zgbs/books/3210

...and this: Kids Space Books (http://www.thespaceshop.com/noname33.html)

...as well as this: Ten Books About Space | Reading Rockets (http://www.readingrockets.org/articles/books/c341)

Hope this helps!

Aspie (who had a space-mad toddler as well...)

07-11-2015, 07:05 PM
We just watched the magic school bus lost in space for the first time today. "School bus!! In SPACE! Earff (Earth)!!! Where'd school bus go?"
These are some really good leads, y'all. I'm noticing a Nat Geo planets (http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-Readers-Elizabeth-Carney/dp/1426310366) reader (is this the one you mentioned, TFZ?) that I could read TO him, and If You Decide to Go to the Moon (http://www.amazon.com/If-You-Decide-Go-Moon/dp/0590483595/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436654418&sr=1-1&keywords=if+you+decide+to+go+to+the+moon) and Mousetronaut (http://www.amazon.com/Mousetronaut-Based-Partially-Story-Wiseman/dp/1442458240/ref=pd_sim_14_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=0FBFCMBZZZVR284GRDNT). This just seems like a tricky topic for him to have discovered. I think he gets that there are different planets, and that we send machines to other places in (and out of!! woo!) the solar systemů but he doesn't need to know that a million earths can fit in the sun, or that the moon is however-many-miles away. He understands one and two. I don't even see how he could be interested in things orbiting other things...
I guess I don't understand why this is so fascinating to him. It seems to me like all the REALLY AWESOME information about space requires way more understanding of scale and numbers than a two year old has. Like, "WOAH! A MILLION EARTHS! THATS SO MANY!" "OMG THE UNIVERSE IS SOO HUGE, I CANT EVENů" Whatever. He likes it.
Anyway, thanks you guys!

07-11-2015, 07:47 PM
Oh if he liked that one - Little Einsteins has two space episodes and there's a show called Space Racer that I think is ridiculous, but DS loves it. It's talking rocket ships. They throw in some good info here and there.

07-12-2015, 08:05 AM

My husband, my son and I were all fascinated by space from a very young age. Although our innate academic interests (respectively biology, business and linguistics) overtook astronomy, we are still all very much interested in this subject area and enjoy reading and watching anything to do with it. So your DS may well end up finding some other fascination as he gets older. However, space, as a topic, is so interesting to so many kids from an early age, even with the - pardon the pun - astronomical numbers involved in understanding the concepts there is the ability to have this fascination with space.


07-12-2015, 08:17 AM
Exciting time to be discovering space with the Pluto fly-by.
New Horizons space probe ready to make history at Pluto - CNN.com (http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/08/us/nasa-new-horizons-pluto-flyby/#)

I'm turning into a science buff. In June we learned everything there is to know about dinosaurs!

07-12-2015, 01:41 PM
Thanks for the reassurance, Aspie! I think I'm just trying not to project my interests on to him, or push him to things he's not ready for. So its nice to hear that even small children can be self motivated to hear more about complex topics.

TFZ, I'm loving that dino park, what a cool place!

07-12-2015, 07:10 PM
Okay up me to stalker status on this thread.

We are watching Fly Me to the Moon on Netflix tonight. It's about three fly friends trying to get on the first mission to the moon. It's adorable. There are even little Russian flies talking about the space race.

07-13-2015, 10:52 AM
We had this thread where a bunch of space books were discussed:

Childs Guide to the Nights Sky and Book of Constellations are our favorites. Links are in that other thread. :p Sorry copy/paste isnt working or Id repaste it here.

Free Thinker
07-21-2015, 11:12 PM
I have this NatGeo book, it would be great for little ones http://www.amazon.com/National-Geographic-First-Space-Little/dp/1426310145/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437534337&sr=8-1&keywords=first+book+of+space

I know of a few others from Usborne that he might like- My Very First Space Book and Look Inside Space.

07-22-2015, 12:37 PM
Y'all are all great! There are so many perfect ideas here, which is bad, bad news for my book-buying addiction.

09-25-2015, 11:30 AM
Ah, I wished I read this thread from the start because we just got rid of all our space picture books. My eldest was so into it since he was three/four, but my youngest isn't too interested, so we donated all of them (we weeded our books last week). I would have gladly mailed them to you.

My son liked both the improbable (a boy joins the space shuttle crew to get his sister's red balloon) to the scientific. Don't worry about giving him too much information--as long as he is engaged and interested, it doesn't matter how much info he "gets" or not. My son knew--and understood--how black holes are formed and who knows what else, by the age of four. The only warning I have is don't let strangers tell him how smart he is. I wish someone told me this.

B&Z Mama
02-27-2016, 11:34 PM
Here are three of our favorites:

Moonshot: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)): Brian Floca: 9781416950462: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/141695046X/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_7NEkvb05XHTVF)

Gravity: Gravity: Jason Chin: 9781596437173: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/1596437170/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_NNEkvb1M8Q2E8)

Commander Toad in Space: Commander Toad in Space: Jane Yolen: 9780698113558: Amazon.com: Books (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0698113551/?ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_JTkMvb19HQGKC)