Cardboard Space Ship Away!

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Niko is the captain of his very own spaceship. He built it all by himself.

Space Boy and His Dog written by Dian Curtis Regan and illustrated by Robert Neubecker

Protecting The Universe With Bananas

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The children in my life just LOVE superheroes. Protecting the universe from man-eating monsters is something that appeals to them. It’s exactly the kind of story they like to create out of their own imaginations while running through the house in a superhero cape.

I point out the superhero fandom because this book was a hit around my house Рbut it may not be suited to children who are truly  terrified by the possibility of death-by-interstellar-monster. The following quote will help determine whether it is suited to your particular child:

Sleepy and full, the creatures retreat. They’ve all had far too much to eat. Feeding time is important, you see – it stops them from eating you and me! We’re safe from the aliens, but just in case, the crew keeps watch from the secret base.

Earth Space Moon Base by Ben Joel Price

Mouse In Space!

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“The Shuttle Commander announces that six mice will be selected for the flight. He picks five of the biggest, strongest mice. But for the sixth spot, to everyone’s surprise, he chooses Meteor!”

Mousetronaut, written by Astronaut Mark Kelly and illustrated by C.F. Payne

PS: Happy International Day of Human Space Flight!

Kids In Space!

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“We’re aliens from many galaxies on Planet Kindergarten.”

“At recess, we test the conditions outside our capsule. A crewmate and I disagree over the equipment. We have to sit in isolation, and I learn that isolation isn’t any fun. My crewmate agrees, and I have a new friend.”

Planet Kindergarten written by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and illustrated by Shane Prigmore

 

Laika

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“She had been rescued from the broken spaceship and taken far away from the lonely life she had known by a loving family that she had always dreamed of finding.”

Laika Astronaut Dog by Owen Davey

Author’s Note:

On November 3, 1957, Laika became the first animal to orbit Earth when she was launched into space in the Sputnik 2 rocket.

A few hours later, Laika‘s spacecraft malfunctioned. Though many think she perished, this story, with its happy ending for the brave little dog, is the one I choose to believe.