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Space Stations - Books


Living in Space
Katie Daynes, Education Development Corporation, 2002, ISBN 0794503012
Children ages 4–6 can explore what it would be like to travel to and live in space.

Space Spinners
Suse MacDonald, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1991, ASIN 0803710089
Based on true events, but from the viewpoint of two spiders, this book for children ages 5–8 traces the story of spiders taken onboard the space shuttle to observe how they constructed webs in microgravity.

A Day in Space
Suzanne Lord and Jolie Epstein, Scholastic Paperbacks, 1986, ASIN 0590410997
This book for children ages 4–8 follows NASA astronauts to find out what it takes to prepare for a mission, and the practical sides of life on the space shuttle. A Day in Space also explores some of the common experiments in space (mixing oil and water).

Space Travel
Ian S. Graham and William Wharfe, Two-Can Publishing Company, 2000, ISBN 1-58728-465-0
Children ages 5–8 interactively explore space travel through a presentation of basic facts, images, games, and more.

Floating Home
David Getz, Henry Holt, 1997, ISBN 0805065806
A young girl explores the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral and becomes involved with a space shuttle mission. Children ages 6 to 9 will enjoy learning about the astronaut preparation presented in this book.

Launch Day
Peter Campbell, Milbrook Press, 1995, ISBN 1562941909
Children ages 7–9 can learn about the preparation, launch, flight, and return of the shuttle Atlantis.

Project Mercury
Paul Sipiera and Diane Sipiera, Children's Press, 1997, ISBN 0516204432

Children ages 7–9 learn about the manned space program of the United States, including technology, mission accomplishments, and the people involved in the missions.

Gravity: Simple Experiments for Young Scientists
Larry White and Laurie Hamilton, Millbrook Press, 1995, ISBN 1562944703
Children ages 7–11 undertake simple hands-on activities to investigate gravity.

Cosmic Science: Over 40 Gravity-Defying, Earth-Orbiting, Space-Cruising Activities for Kids
Jim Wiese, John Wiley & Sons, 1997, ISBN 0471158526

Demonstrations and activities for ages 8–10 explore the structure of our universe and space travel, along with some of the underlying physical principles.

On the Shuttle: Eight Days in Space
Barbara Bondar and Roberta Bondar, Maple Tree Press, 1993, ISBN 1895688124
Follow the Discovery mission of January 1992 and learn about living and working in space. Well illustrated, with many photographs.

Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall
Marianne Dyson, Dave Klug, and Buzz Aldrin, Scholastic Trade, 1999, ISBN 0590058894
Children ages 8–12 will enjoy learning about what it takes to live and work in space. Dyson investigates crew training, daily tasks, challenges to being in space, and the research onboard a space station.

Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble
Elaine Scott and Margaret Miller, Hyperion, 1995, ASIN 0786800380
Children ages 8–13 go behind the scenes with the astronauts to learn about preparations for a space flight to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The book follows the mission from start to finish.

The Kid's Book of Space Flight and Space Stations/Book and Airlinks Modular Flight System
Kent Alexander, Running Pr Book Publisher, 1991, ASIN 0894718789

The Dream Is Alive: The Flight of Discovery Aboard the Space Shuttle (IMAX/Smithsonian Wide World Series)
Barbara Embury and Tom Crouch, Harper Collins Children's Books, 1990, ASIN 0060218134
Based on the IMAX film, this book for children ages 9–11 explores the space shuttle program, including its history, technology, challenges to flight, and human elements.

The Space Shuttle
Allison Lassieur, Children's Press, 2000, ISBN 0-516-2203-9
Lassieur presents the beginnings of the shuttle program, the layout of the shuttle, the Challenger disaster, and International Space Station information for ages 9–12.

Mir Space Station (Above and Beyond)
Neal Bernards,1999, ISBN 088682933X
Young readers ages 9–12 can explore the Russian space station Mir and its history.

Zero Gravity
Gloria Skurzynski, Bradbury Press, 1994, ASIN: 0027829251
Children ages 9–12 can learn about zero gravity and see what happens during experiments involving the loss of gravity.

Living in Space
Larry Kettelkamp, Morrow Junior Books, 1993, ASIN: 068810018X
Children ages 9–12 will enjoy reading about people who have lived in space, about space suits, space stations, and plans to send explorers to Mars and beyond.

Do Your Ears Pop in Space?: And 500 Other Surprising Questions About Space Travel
Mike Mullane, Wiley and Sons 1997, ISBN 0471154040
Shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane shares what it is really like to travel in space.

International Space Station: A Space Mission (Countdown to Space)
Michael Cole, Enslow Publishers, Inc. 1999, ISBN 0766011178
Children ages 9–12 explore the design and need for the International Space Station.

The International Space Station (Start Me Up Special)
Wolfgang Englehardt, Quadrillion Media, 1998, ISBN 1581850042
Children ages 9–12 can explore the development of the International Space Station from start to finish, and learn about living and working onboard the station.

NASA Space Vehicles: Capsules, Shuttles, and Space Stations (Countdown to Space)
Michael Cole, Enslow Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0766013081
Children ages 9–12 explore NASA's spacecraft, from the Mercury capsule to the International Space Station.

Space Station Ice 3
Bruce Coville, Archway, 1996, ISBN 0671536419
A fictional detective book for young readers set in a space colony.

Handshake in Space
Sheri Tan, Sheri, Higgins Bond, and Matthew Rotunda, Soundprints Corporation Audio, 1998, ISBN 1568995342
Two children find themselves traveling back in time to the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and re-enact the historic first rendezvous in space.

The Space Shuttle Operator's Manual
Kerry Joels, Ballentine Books, 1982, ISBN 0345341813
Readers experience all the stages of a real mission.

Last updated
May 27, 2009

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