There’s No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)
Tish Rabe, 1999, Random House Books for Young Readers, ISBN 0679891153
This Cat-in-the-Hat adventure in space doubles as an entertaining introduction to reading and astronomy for 3–5 year olds, offering information about the nine planets, constellations, the Moon, and the Sun.
The Planets in Our Solar System (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
Franklyn Branley and Kevin O'Malley, 1998, HarperTrophy, ISBN 006445178X
This is a well-illustrated introduction to planetary systems, with a dash of humor, for children ages 4–8.
Our Solar System
Seymour Simon, 1992, William Morrow & Company, ISBN 0688099920
This is a good “starter book” to inspire children ages 8–12 to find out more about space, with over 50 fascinating full-color photographs and illustrations and text written by a seasoned author of space books for children.
Exploring Our Solar System
Sally Ride and Tam O’Shaughnessy, 2003, Crown Books for Young Readers, ISBN 0375812040
This well illustrated 112-page book takes children ages 9–12 on a tour of the planets (and our Sun!) in a chapter format with clearly written, easy to understand text.
The New Solar System
J. Kelly Beatty, Carolyn Collins Petersen, and Andrew Chaikin (Editors), 1998, Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521645875
The New Solar System is a comprehensive compilation of articles from a vast array of astronomers and astrophysicists highlighting the latest data, discoveries, and theories pertaining to our solar system. This is a well-organized, image rich mainstay for any young adult or adult amateur astronomer’s library.
Me and My Place in Space
Joan Sweeney, 1999, Dragonfly Books, ISBN 0517885905
The wonders of space as seen through the eyes of a young girl, provides the backdrop for Sweeney’s introduction to our solar system for young children ages 4–8. Clear, colorful drawings and diagrams and easy-to-read text make this a fascinating first adventure into space.
Arty the Part-Time Astronaut
Eddie Carbin, 2000, 3 Pounds Press, ISBN 0967529905
In Carbin’s book, accompanied by a CD and website, Arty befriends an alien and together they have fun discovering interesting facts about our solar system. Children ages 9–12 will find this unique and entertaining presentation of basic solar system information an inspiration to learn more.
Other Worlds: A Beginner's Guide to Planets and Moons
Terence Dickinson, 1995, Firefly Books, ISBN 1895565715
Loads of information about our planets and other bodies in our solar system can be found in Dickinson’s well-illustrated, easy-to-read book for children ages 10–14.
Solar System: Facts / Exploration (Scientific American Sourcebooks)
Gregory Vogt, 1995, Twenty-First Century Books, ISBN 0805032495
A well illustrated book for children ages 9–12 that explores the planets, sun, Kuiper belt and Oort cloud and the missions to discover more about these exciting new frontiers.
Small Worlds: Exploring the 60 Moons of Our Solar System
Joseph W Kelch, 1990, Julian Messner, ISBN 0671700138
While the number of moons has increased significantly since this book was written, it provides children ages 9–12 with an interesting tour of 60 moons in our solar system.
Don’t Know Much About The Solar System
Kenneth C. Davis, 2001, ISBN 006028613X
Davis uses a question/answer format, fun illustrations and anecdotes (even some jokes!) to deliver loads of information about our solar system to children ages 9–12. Highly readable and enjoyable.
January 9, 2007