Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going To The Moon: 9 Space Books For Preschoolers

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Margaret Kingsbury

Contributing Editor

Margaret Kingsbury grew up in a house so crammed with books she couldn’t open a closet door without a book stack tumbling, and she’s brought that same decorative energy to her adult life. Margaret has an MA in English with a concentration in writing and has worked as a bookseller and adjunct English professor. She’s currently a freelance writer and editor, and in addition to Book Riot, her pieces have appeared in School Library Journal, BuzzFeed News, The Lily, Parents,, and more. She particularly loves children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, horror, graphic novels, and any books with disabled characters. You can read more about her bookish and parenting shenanigans in Book Riot’s twice-weekly The Kids Are All Right newsletter. You can also follow her kidlit bookstagram account @BabyLibrarians, or on Twitter @AReaderlyMom.

Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re going to the moon.

Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re leaving very soon.

If you want to take a trip, Climb aboard my rocket ship.

Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re going to the moon. Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re leaving very soon.

5,4,3,2,1—BLAST OFF!

My 1-year-old loves this song. And with uber nerdy, Star Trek loving parents, you better believe we’re packing her library full of space books.

Science books for preschoolers must strike a balance between fun and informative, and honestly, fun must outweigh informative in the end. Otherwise, that toddler is going to test the laws of gravity by throwing that book. Literally. I have bruises. But these nine space books for preschoolers show that science can absolutely be fun, and space a blast.

So 5,4,3,2,1—READ!

9 Space Books For Preschoolers

Cover of Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering by Ruth Spiro, illustrated by Irene ChanBaby Loves Aerospace Engineering by Ruth Spiro, Illustrated by Irene Chan

The Baby Loves board book series are my favorite science board books. I love how simply Spiro explains complex concepts—even I can understand them! She doesn’t include so much that my daughter’s attention wonders, but there’s enough to define the basics.  And the art is sweet and engaging. In Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering, a bird’s wings are compared to a plane’s, and then the bird gets to launch into space! My daughter loves this one.

Cover of Blast Off by Hunter ReidBlast Off! (Fluorescent Pop!) By Hunter Reid, Illustrated By Stephanie Hinton

The shortest of the books on this list, toddlers love these fluorescent illustrations. It’s perfect for babies starting to flip through pages. It may be the least informative of the bunch, but it’s the brightest, and babies love bright.

Cover of First Explorers: Astronauts by Christane EngelAstronauts (First Explorers) by Christiane Engel

Christiane Engel’s board books are charming, and this one is interactive! Your toddler can enjoy various activities on each page as they follow astronauts on their journey through space while learning a few things along the way.

Cover of Space Walk by Salina YoonSpace Walk (Lift-the-Flap Adventures) by Salina Yoon

What makes this board book stand out is that it rhymes. Toddlers love rhyming books, and the combination of the rhymes with cool flaps to lift make this a popular board book.

Cover of Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle RobinsonGoodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson, Illustrated By Nick East

Based on the mission of Tim Peake—the first British ESA astronaut—and his six months spent on the International Space Station, this gently rhyming board book pretends that Peake’s two sons visit him on the Space Station. It’s one of the best to read aloud, though not as informative as some of the others on this list.

Cover of To the Moon and Back by Jaye GarnettSmithsonian Kids: To the Moon and Back By Jaye Garnett, Illustrated By Olga Demidova

With lift-the-flaps, spinning wheels, and sliding tabs, every page in this interactive board book features a way for tots to practice their fine motor skills. The illustrations are fun and include some photographs.

Cover of ABCs of Space by Chris FerrieABCs of Space by Chris Ferrie and Julie Kregenow, PhD

“A is for Aesteroid…B is for Binary star.” This ABC board book gives layers of information: there’s the term for each letter, the image, and then a more detailed definition. It’s a must for future space cadets.

Cover of Hello World! Solar SystemHello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

Another staple space board book, this one explores the galaxy and includes fun, interactive pages. It’s a great one for all those little toddlers who love to point. The collage style art is beautiful and engaging.

Cover of Mae Among the Starts by Roda AhmedMae Among The Stars By Roda Ahmed, Illustrated By Stasia Burrington

The first African American to go into space, Mea Jemison is a hero, and this accessible picture book biography is perfect to introduce young readers to her and to space travel. It’s hopeful and sweet, with beautiful, bright illustrations.



Also check out these nonfiction books for kids and these must-read books for preschoolers.