Who doesn’t take a look up at the school from time to time and wonder exactly what is up there? This is particularly true for children, who have a natural level of curiosity about them. If you want to encourage your little one to dream about reaching for the stars, then why not encourage and embrace this in the books that you are reading to them, with them or buying for them to read alone?
This month we are covering a range of space themed books, from fiction to fact, which will please every little (or not so little) astronaut.
Star In The Jar- Sam Hay and Sarah Massini- Preschool
Inspire your pre-schooler to reach for the stars with this amazing picture book designed for younger children. It tells the story of a brother and his big sister who manage to capture one of the brightest, most twinkling stars in the sky in a jar. They take the jar on a number of adventures such as to the cinema, the swimming pool and more, but they soon realise that the little star is sad and misses its home. The boy and his sister, then have to find how they can get the star back into the sky!
Knowledge Encyclopaedia Space- Non-fiction book
Do you have a child who seems really keen on space and wants to learn more? Whilst there are plenty of informative books out there, this has to be one of the best. Not only is it packed full of amazing facts and information about a variety of aspects of space. But it also has a wealth of bright and colourful images too which will keep kids interested and want to keep reading.
Flat Stanley in Space- Jeff Brown- Ages 5-8
If you are looking for a fun and enjoyable series of books to read, then you can’t go far wrong with Flat Stanley. Not only are these books brilliantly written, but there also plenty of them to get through, ideal if you have a really keen reader. Our pick this month is Flat Stanley in Space, when Stanley and his family are chosen to head into space by the President of the United States. Unsurprisingly they have an adventure, particularly when they face a city full of aliens.
Cakes in Space- Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre- Ages 6-11
Now, we might love the idea of some delicious cakes floating around in space, but in this particular book it isn’t the best discovery, Astra and her family live in space and whilst her family are all snoring away in their sleeping pods she finds herself and her friend Pilbeam wide awake. This can only mean one thing, it’s time to explore. Whilst heading around the ship they find out they are in big trouble, the shop has been invaded by a salvage gang who are searching for spoons. Even worse than that, there are some rather menacing cakes lurking in the canteen.
So, if you are looking to travel to a galaxy far far away, then why not start with your bedtime read? Whilst you might not be quite ready to grab your space helmet and board a rocket, you can help your little one to dream about how things might be in space!
By Sam Tydeman
Taken from the April 2018 issue of Geek Parenting, out now!