It’s not easy finding space-themed books for a three year old. Most of what is out there is meant for older children with diagrams and photos and scientific definitions. Previously I would have guessed that there would be books galore related to space/astronauts/rockets/aliens/planets/etc. for kids of any age, but I found a serious lack of recommendations out there, even on places like Amazon that have special lists for this stuff! Rarely does a toddler- or preschooler-targeted webpage have “space” as a category for child interest, although sometimes you can find science (which seems to be more aimed at bugs or machines).
In any case, I’ve amassed a good collection of space-related books and I thought I would provide that information so that others are spared hours on the library floor opening book after book searching for appropriate stories for the under 5 crowd…
Roaring Rockets (Amazing Machines) – gender neutral, animals rocketing to the moon
How to Catch a Star – main character is a boy who loves stars
The Way Back Home – main character is a boy who flies to space in an airplane and meets an alien
I Want to Be an Astronaut – this is gender neutral and multicultural, too! Super easy read.
On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets (Know Your Numbers) – we don’t have this one yet, but I’m excited that it incorporates counting since Jack loves to count down to blast off.
What’s Out There?: A Book about Space (Reading Railroad) – another one on the to-be-read list. I love Reading Railroad!
Space Boy – This one is a tad wordy but has good pictures. The main character is a boy.
Note: most of these have boys as the main character. I have yet to find one with a girl as the main character. I guess I’m lucky Jack is a boy.