Astronaut Training

english 3-7 years STEM Space Single-Parent Family BIPOC Protagonists Aneta Cruz & Olivia Aserr summary Pressing question…do they get donuts in space? I, like many other kids, always wanted to float around in zero gravity. But hang out on the ISS? Not without donuts, and I don’t think that’s an unreasonable stance. This story is…

Rocket Says Look Up!

english 4-8 years STEM women in science women in STEM Black protagonists Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola summary Rocket LOVES space, and her hero is Mae Jemison. The story follows Rocket and her brother Jamal on the day leading up to a meteor shower that Rocket could not be more excited about. She’s made her…

Space Matters

Written By: Jacque Lynn Schiller Illustrated by: Lydia Nichols For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Space, Architecture, Philosophy, Abstract Ideas. Summary: You folx know how much I love books for kids that tackle philosophical and abstract ideas, and Space Matters is an excellent example of that. Space Matters speaks to the idea that…

Space Maps: Your Tour of the Universe

Written By: Lara Albanese Illustrated by: Tommaso Vidus Rosin For Ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Pint-Sized Professor, Space, Astronomy. Summary: This massive book is absolutely incredible! Space Maps is an oversized reference book about all things space, with large sections about the stars, planets, solar systems, and so much more….

The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon

Written by: Land Wilson Illustrated by: Sue Cornelison  For ages: 4-8 years  Language: English  Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Land Stewardship, Dreams, Friendship, Girls Outdoors, Space, Moon. Summary:  The Girl Who Spoke to the Moon is a gentle message about the importance of caring for the earth, and a young girl named Sofia’s friendship with the moon. In rhyming and lyrical…

Child of Galaxies

Written by: Blake Nuto Illustrated by: Charlotte Ager For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Growing Up, Mindfulness. Summary:  I knew I would love this book when the opening line is referencing my favorite quote from Carl Sagan! Child of Galaxies is breathtakingly gorgeous in its lyrical wording and brilliantly designed artwork. Speaking directly to…

Astro Girl

Written & Illustrated by: Ken Wilson-Max For ages: 3-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Space, Astronauts, Family, Self-Confidence, POC-Centric Narratives.  Summary:  Astrid LOVES space, and everything about being an astronaut.  Her dad asks her some questions about aspects of space travel and she is filled with confidence about being up to the task.  The relationship that Astrid and her father…

The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney

Written by: Alice B. McGinty Illustrated by: Elizabeth Haidle For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Space, Women in Science, Family, Historic Events, Historical Figures, Astronomy.  Summary:  Venetia is a young girl who lives in Britain with her mother and grandfather.  She is fascinated by space and the planets, memorizing facts about them and asking all…

Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician

Written by: Lesa Cline-Ransome Illustrated by: Raúl Colón For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Women in Science, Historical Figure, Space, Segregation, Racism, POC-Centric Narratives, Black Culture & Identity, Historic Events.  Summary: Katherine was an incredibly intellectually gifted child, starting 2nd grade at age 6, and 5th grade the year after.  Her parents strongly valued education and moved the…

Small World

Written by: Ishta Mercurio Illustrated by: Jen Corace For ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, STEM, Space, Growing Up. Summary:  This is a beautiful book about how a person’s world grows with experience.  When Nanda was born, her whole world was her mother’s arms.  As she grows up, her world becomes bigger, more magical, and more mathematical….