We just posted a fun solar system unit study a couple of weeks back, so I thought I’d share some wonderful books about the solar system for kids of all ages!
I love videos and technology, but there is just nothing like turning the pages of a book with a child. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.
So, when it comes to learning, I will always come back to books, which is why I love these solar system books for kids.
These solar system stories are filled with gorgeous illustrations, fun facts, and awesome activities that kids will love! They’d make a wonderful addition to a space or solar system unit.
Read on to see the full list. Hopefully you can find some new favorites to share with your students!
For more ways to learn about outer space, take a look at All About the Solar System – a printable science unit for early elementary grades!
25 Awesome Books about the Solar System for Kids
Introduce these solar system books with a quick class discussion about space.
Ask your students: “Can anyone tell me how many planets are in our solar system?”
Let them respond and then follow up by talking about the view astronomers had for years – that there are nine planets that revolve around our sun. These nine planets were referred to as the “solar system”, because they followed an organized rotation around one sun.
Have your students repeat the name of each planet after you.
Then talk about how scientists have changed their view over the years. Some now say that Pluto does not qualify as a planet, because of its small size.
Others say that it is still a planet, but should be called a dwarf planet. Still others say that our solar system actually has 13 planets, including new dwarf planets that have been discovered.
Because there is so much still to discover about the solar system, we have a lot to learn!
Which is where these books can help. Choose a couple from the list below to share with your class!
After sharing these amazing books about the solar system with your students, don’t miss these other planetary posts!