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Space Books to Read to Preschool Children

written by: Tracey Bleakley • edited by: Amanda Grove • updated: 1/20/2012

Many preschool children are fascinated with outer space. Use these books about space as read-alouds during a space themed unit. Your preschoolers will love reading about everything from the moon and stars to rockets and astronauts.

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    Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

    Take a trip to the moon with three silly animal astronauts in fun, rhyming book that is part of series of books called Amazing Machines. Preschoolers will love the vibrant illustrations and witty wordplay in this informative book. It even includes a helpful picture dictionary. It's a perfect choice for preschool children who are learning about space travel and transportation.

    I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

    Byron Barton's simple text and bright, colorful pictures are always favorites with young children. In this book your preschoolers will take a ride into space to find out what it's like to be an astronaut, eating, sleeping and working on the space shuttle. This would be a great book to share before introducing your students to a space shuttle or outer space dramatic play area.

    What's Out There?: A Book about Space by Lynn Wilson

    This easy to understand picture book will answer all of your preschoolers questions about what's in space.They'll learn about the sun, moon and stars as well the nine planets and how the earth travels in space. This is a great introduction to space for young children.

    Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney

    Here's another great book to teach your preschool children about what is to be found in space. They'll tour the solar system with a young girl as their guide. Starting with Earth with stops along that way at the moon, sun and planets students will enjoy this ride through space and learn a few interesting facts as they go. A picture of the solar system to color is a great follow up to reading this book.

    On the Moon by Anna Milbourne

    This is a great book about the moon to add to your collection of space books. It combines colorful illustrations with real photographs taken from the surface of the moon. It's simple, easily understandable text make it another great choice for teaching your preschoolers about the moon and space.

    Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

    This Eric Carle classic tells the story of a little girl who wants to play with the moon but isn't able to reach it, so asks her dad to get it for her. After trying and finding that it is to big for him to hold, he waits until it is small enough and brings it home to his daughter. This book is a perfect springboard for talking about the phases of the moon.

    Your preschool children are sure to love these books about space. You can supplement these books about space with preschool activities.

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