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Discover Science: Solar System
Dr. Mike Goldsmith, Kingfisher, 2010, ISBN 0753464470
The large font and engaging montages appeal to 4–8–year-olds as they explore the objects in our solar system, including the sun, planets, dwarf planet, and "space rubble." A few fun, simple activities are also provided.

Going Around The Sun: Some Planetary Fun
Marianne Berkes, Dawn Publications, 2008, ISBN 1584690992
A poem, to the tune "Over in the Meadow," describes key features of the eight planets and Pluto. Children, ages 4–9, will enjoy the illustrations and painting tips from the artist as well as the solar system facts.

My Place in Space
Robin and Sally Hirst, Allen & Unwin, 2008, ISBN 1741754046
The author does a fantastic job of drawing in 5–8 year olds with a fictional story and including lots of facts about the solar system.

The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts About the Solar System
Jacqueline Mitton, National Geographic Children's Books, 2008, ISBN 142630448X
Illustrations in vivid colors and metallic ink will captivate 6–10–year–olds as they read engaging prose, written from the perspective of each solar system object. In addition to the sun and planets, the book includes a unique section about Pluto and two other dwarf planets.

Older than the Stars
Karen C. Fox, Charlesbridge Pub Inc., 2011, ISBN 978-1570917882
Playful prose and colorful illustrations describe the origins of the universe and can extend learning beyond the activity From Your Birthday to Jupiter's.

Our Solar System
Seymour Simon, William Morrow & Company, 2007, ISBN 0061140082

A well-illustrated overview of the planets, comets, and asteroids in our solar system for ages 8–11.

The Kids Book of the Night Sky
Ann Love and Jane Drake, Kids Can Press, 2004, ISBN 1553371283
Sky maps, myths, games, and kid-friendly activities connect children, ages 8 to 13, to the stars, Moon, and planets. This is a great resource to support Planet Party!

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets and Constellations — and How You Can Find Them in the Sky
Michael Driscoll, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc., 2004, ISBN 157912366X
This guide is for star-gazers and planet watchers aged 8–13.  The author provides an illustrated overview of planets and the constellations. A section about astronauts and astronomers, including the tools they use and a few featured scientists, is included. This is a great resource to support Planet Party!

Voyager:  An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System
Sally Ride, Sally Ride Science, 2005, ISBN 0975392050
Travel along with Voyager as it travels to the giant planets, their moons and rings and discover the science that it collected. Beautiful images accompany the text, appropriate for ages 9–12.

Exploring Our Solar System
Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy, Crown Books for Young Readers, 2003, ISBN 0375812040
This well-illustrated book takes children ages 9–12 on a tour of the planets (and our Sun!) in our solar system.

Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities
Mary Kay Carson, Chicago Review Press, 2008, ISBN 1556527152
Children ages 9–12 can tour the solar system and learn the history of space exploration. Also included are 22 activities that the kids can do!

13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System
David Aguilar, National Geographic Children's Books, 2008, ISBN 1426302363
Children ages 9–12 will discover the eight planets of the solar system and also explore five dwarf planets. Lots of great images accompany the text.

Solar System: A Journey to the Planets and Beyond
Ian Graham, Silver Dolphin Books, 2009, ISBN 1592237584
Children between 9 and 12 can experience the solar system in 3-D from the sun to the deepest, darkest depths of space.

Exploring the Planets in Our Solar System
Rebecca Olien, PowerKids Press, 2007, ISBN 1404234673
Children between 9 and 12 can tour the planets of our solar system!

Stories of The Sun: The Planets
Clint Twist, School Specialty Publishing, 2006, ISBN 0769644910
The unique layout, with page sizes that gradually increase, planet facts, myths and legends, and illustrations will engage children ages 9–12.

The Solar System and the Stars
Claude Lafleur, World Almanac Library, 2001, ISBN 0836850041
This book is packed with introductions to many space science topics for ages 9–12. Basic facts about each planet are presented in a table for easy comparison. It offers a unique, illustrated description of our Sun's and Earth's formation to support the concepts from the activity From Your Birthday to Jupiter's. Its section about Earth's magnetosphere supports further learning after the activity Neato-Magneto Planets.

The New Solar System: Ice Worlds, Moons, and Planets Redefined
Patricia Daniels, National Geographic, 2009, ISBN 1426204620
Older children and adults will enjoy the clearly organized information and stunning images that provide an enlightening — and up-to-date — tour of our solar system.

The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System
Ron Miller and William K. Hartmann,Workman Publishing Company, 2005, ISBN 0761139095
Older children and adults can tour our solar system without ever having to leave the comfort of Earth! Information about the objects in our solar system is uniquely arranged in order of mass, rather than by distance from the Sun. Its paintings are inspirational — especially for the activity, Weather Stations: Jovan Poetry!

Elaine Landau, Children's Press, 2008, ISBN 0531147983
Children ages 9–12 can discover Venus and its interior and exterior. Learn how Venus and Earth differ!

Rocky Planets
Brian Knapp, Atlantic Europe Publishing Company, 2004, ISBN 862143668
Explore the history, surface, interior, and other characteristics of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Pluto, and small, rocky bodies such as asteroids. Children ages 9–12 discover a wealth of information about Earth's neighbors through text and images.

Gases, Pressure, and Wind:  The Science of the Atmosphere
Paul Fleisher, Lerner Publications Company, 2011, ISBN 9780822575375
A great resource to support the activity Weather Stations, children ages 9–12 can explore Earth's atmosphere and weather.

Elaine Landau, Children's Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125599
Landau introduces Jupiter to children ages 9–12. Learn about what it's like on Jupiter and the largest storm in our solar system! Colorful images accompany the easy-to-read text.

Adele Richardson, Capstone Press, 2008, ISBN 142960722X
Discover what Jupiter looks like on the inside and how it compares to the other planets in our solar system. This book is great for 9-12 year old children.

Jupiter (Space!)
George Capaccio, Benchmark Books, 2009, ISBN 0761442448
Children 9–12 discover Jupiter's amazing features and characteristics. Learn cool facts about our solar system's biggest planet!

Destination Jupiter
Giles Sparrow, PowerKids Press, 2009, ISBN 1435834879
Go on a journey to discover Jupiter. Children 9–12 learn all about Jupiter including its formation, the Great Red Spot, and what a day is like on Jupiter.

Isaac Asimov and Richard Hantula, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1591021782
This updated version of Asimo's classic includes sections on Jupiter's rings and moons, as well as information to support Jiggly Jupiter; Weather Stations: Winds, Storms, and Jovan Poetry; Neato-Magneto Planets; and Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter! Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Ron Miller, 21st Century Books, 2002, ISBN 0761323562
Illustrations and photographs support descriptions of Jupiter's formation, weather, and interior.  Its discussions support several Explore! activities: Jiggly Jupiter; From Your Birthday to Jupiter's; Weather Stations: Clouds; Neato-Magneto Planets; and Big Kid on the Block. A section about Jupiter's moons and ring is also included.

Martin Schwabacher, Benchmark Books, 2012, ISBN 0761412360
In addition to a general overview of the planet and its moons and ring, the book tackles advanced topics to engage 9–12-year-old readers. These discussions support several Explore! activities: Jiggly Jupiter; From Your Birthday to Jupiter's; Weather Stations: Storms; Neato-Magneto Planets; and Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter!

Robin Kerrod, Lerner Publications, 2000, ISBN 0822539071
Illustrations, text, and quick facts detail Jupiter's formation, interior, atmosphere, gravity, rings, and moons for ages 9–12. Its discussions support several Explore! activities: Jiggly Jupiter; From Your Birthday to Jupiter's; Weather Stations: Storms; Neato-Magneto Planets; and Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter!

Thomas K. Adamson, Capstone Press, 2008, ISBN 1429607335
Who doesn't love Saturn's rings? This book provides great information about one of our ringed planets. Children 4–8 will enjoy learning the basics of this fascinating planet.

Elaine Landau, Children's Press, 2008, ISBN 053112567X
Take a trip to Saturn! Discover all the wonderful characteristics of this wonderful planet. Children 9–12 will discover how Saturn is like a piece of pie!

Elaine Landau, Children's Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125696
Discover what it's like on Uranus as you travel to the far reaches of our solar system. This is a great book that provides children 9–12 with basic information about our side-spinning planet!

Elaine Landau, Children's Press, 2008, ISBN 0531125637
Children ages 9–12 will enjoy discovering Neptune. Learn about its rings and how astronomers found the planet.

Gas Giants
David Jeferis, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2008, ISBN 07787375700
Children ages 9–12 discover Earth’s gaseous neighbors: Neptune and Uranus.

The Far Planets
Ian Graham, Smart Apple Media, 2009, ISBN 1599201895
Children 9–12 will discover Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune with this wonderful book full of great information!

Mighty Megaplanets: Jupiter and Saturn
David Jefferis, Crabtree Publishing Company, 2008, ISBN 0778737535
Readers 9–12 explore the two largest planets in our solar system and are encouraged to ask questions, such as how many moons they have and why does Saturn has rings.

Jupiter, Neptune and Other Outer Planets
Chris Oxlade, Rosen Central, 2007, ISBN 1404237360
Discover what the outer planets are made of and how they formed. Children ages 9–12 will learn a lot of great information about those far-away planets!

Seven Wonders of the Gas Giants and Their Moons
Ron Miller, Twenty First Century Books, 2011, ISBN 0761354492
Readers ages 10 and up may enjoy further information, pictures, and diagrams about topics such as Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and Saturn’s and Jupiter’s auroras.

Last updated
January 14, 2013


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