A picture of several different Ladybird books about space on a dark blue background with colourful stars

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An Adventurer's Guide to Outer Space by Isabel Thomas, Lucy Hawking & Yas Imamura (2020)

Wannabe astronauts will want to get their hands on this intergalactic guide. It follows space adventurer Mia as she takes a journey into the deepest, darkest depths of the universe. Along the way, you’ll learn about all the planets that circle the sun, what the Kuiper Belt is, and why astronauts have to wear a large type of nappy! There are also interactive activities throughout to help prep future space adventurers for their space mission.

Recommended reading age: 4-10 years old

Busy Day: Astronaut by Dan Green (2020)

You may not know this, but being an astronaut is a very busy job. From getting dressed in their spacesuits and climbing aboard a rocket, to taking a spacewalk and fixing the space station, there’s a lot to do in a day. Part of the interactive Busy Day series, in Busy Day: Astronaut little readers can join in with the astronaut’s day, lifting the flaps to help her complete her space duties.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

A Ladybird Book: The Solar System by Stuart Atkinson (2021)

For young readers wanting to learn the basics of space and build their own encyclopaedia, The Solar System is the perfect addition. Filled with beautiful illustrations, Stuart Atkinson along with space consultant Dr Suzanne Imber guide readers through all the different parts of space on each page. From why stars shine the way they do, to facts about the other planets that share the solar system with us, this is a must-read for any space fan.

Recommended reading age: 7-9 years old

Ladybird Audio Adventures: Outer Space read by Ben Bailey Smith & Kristin Atherton (2019)

Little ones can journey through space with this fun audiobook. Part of the Ladybird Audio Adventures series, in Outer Space listeners join inventor Otto and Missy (the cleverest Raven in the universe) as they blast off into the skies on Otto’s spacecraft. The duo explore nearby planets, stars, and galaxies, sharing all sorts of fascinating facts. This is perfect for listening to before bed or on long car journeys.

Recommended reading age: 4-7 years old

Little World: To the Moon by Allison Black (2019)

The littlest of space fans can explore the surface of the moon in this charming board book. Featuring fun push-and-pull slides, follow the astronauts as they hop aboard their rocket and head into the skies. Once they’ve landed, little hands can help the lunar astronauts as they explore the surface and make all sorts of wonderful discoveries. Part of the Little World series, this book is great for helping develop motor skills. Plus, look out for the little ladybird on each page!

Recommended reading age: 2-4 years old

Peppa Pig: Peppa in Space (2019)

Peppa and George are super excited as today is the day that Madam Gazelle is taking them and their friends at playgroup to the space museum! They’re going to train like astronauts and find out what it’s like to walk on the moon. The only downside about the moon is there are no muddy puddles! This sweet tale is perfect for Peppa Pig fans who also dream about journeying into space one day.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Mad About Space (2008)

Mad about space? Us too! This book in the fascinating Mad About series is jam-packed with fascinating facts and information about the universe that surrounds us. From asteroids and astronauts to rockets and robots, all young space enthusiasts need this in their library. Get ready to show off all that impressive knowledge at school!

Recommended reading age: 5-8 years old

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