If you’re looking for more books about the solar system, this is the list for you! This list contains books about stars, planets, and people who study them!
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STARSTRUCK: THE COSMIC JOURNEY OF NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON BY KATHLEEN KRULL AND PAUL BREWER
Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958-) is an astrophysicist, an author, and director of a planetarium in New York City. Starstruck takes you back to his childhood to show where his love for astronomy began. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Pluto Gets the Call By Adam Rex
Pluto is hanging out in the Kuiper Belt when he gets a phone call that he’s no longer a planet. Pluto is not pleased and he travels through the solar system telling all the planets the news. While traveling he gives us tons of facts about the solar system.
This is a great book to pair with any solar system unit! Bookshop Affiliate Link
A PLACE FOR PLUTO BY STEF WADE
Pluto finds out he is no longer a planet, and the eight other planets no longer want him hanging around.
So, Pluto goes out to search the solar system to find others like him! If your kids or students love space, this is the book they need. Although the story is fiction, they give tons of facts about the planets, space, and what makes Pluto a dwarf planet. Bookshop Affiliate Link
RON’S BIG MISSION BY ROSE BLUE & CORINNE J. NADEN
Before Ron McNair (1950-1986) became a physicist and astronaut, he was just a kid who loved to read. This story is about when Ron had enough of the discriminatory laws and did what he had to do. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Margaret And The Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing by Dean Robbins
Before Margaret saved the first lunar landing she programmed computers to track airplanes and to predict the weather. She also would become the director of software programming for the Apollo.
In 2016 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Moon: Earth’s Best Friend By Stacy McAnulty
Moon describes how he and Earth met and became best friends. You’ll also learn about the phases of the moon and other facts that make the moon unique.
Moon also debunks the myth that a cow jumped over him! More importantly, he’s waiting on his first female astronaut. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years By Stacy McAnulty
In Earth: My First 4.54 Billion Years, Earth gives us all the details of her life. We learn her nicknames, she introduces to her siblings, and we meet her friends. We also get a sneak peek of her baby photo album!
This book is full of details about Earth that would go with any unit about the solar system. Bookshop Affiliate Link
Sun: One in a Billion By Stacy McAnulty
Sun is the star of our solar system and boy does he know it! Sun: One in a Billion, gives you tons of facts about the sun as told by the sun.
Older elementary students could easily use this book as a source for their research and it would make a great book for the lower elementary crowd. Bookshop Affiliate Link
HIDDEN FIGURES: THE TRUE STORY OF FOUR BLACK WOMEN AND THE SPACE RIDE BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLY
Unless you’ve been under a rock the past several years, you’ve heard of these women. I mean, they made a movie about them! In this book, we learn a little about Dorothy Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Johnson(1918-2020), and Christine Darden(1942-). These are the human computers that helped NASA launch men to space. Bookshop Affiliate Link
MAE AMONG THE STARS BY RODA AHMED
Mae Jemison (1956-) is an engineer, a physicist, and is the first African-American woman to travel to space. This book tells a story about how her dream of becoming an astronaut began as a little girl.
Although her parents are supportive, her teacher and classmates are not. She sure did prove them wrong! Bookshop Affiliate Link
A COMPUTER CALLED KATHERINE: HOW KATHERINE JOHNSON HELPED PUT AMERICA ON THE MOON BY SUZANNE SLADE
COUNTING ON KATHERINE: HOW KATHERINE JOHNSON SAVED APOLLO 13 BY HELAINE BECKER
These books are about Katherine Johnson’s journey to become the mathematician that helped the United States win the space race and saved Apollo 13. You can’t go wrong with either book, they both present very similar information.
Bookshop Affiliate Link: A Computer Called Katherine
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