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!
25 Awesome Books about the Solar System
These early fiction and non-fiction picture books feature fun and engaging facts about the solar system for early elementary learners!
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space
There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System
Hello, World! Solar System
The Planets: The Definitive Visual Guide to Our Solar System
Scratch & Sketch Solar System (Trace Along)
Chasing Space Young Readers' Edition
Let's Explore the Solar System (Planets)
The Planets in Our Solar System (Let's Read and Find Out Science)
What's Out There?: A Book about Space
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
Space Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond
The Everything Kids' Astronomy Book
Astronomy: The Solar System (Super Smart Science)
A Journey Through Space
Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities
Let's Visit... The Solar System (Space Trilogy)
Scholastic Reader Level 2: Solar System
Our Solar System: Revised Edition
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System (National Geographic Kids)
Smart Kids: Space: For Kids Who Really Love Space!
A Trip into Space: An Adventure to the International Space Station
Basher Basics: Space Exploration
First Space Encyclopedia
Space Kids: An Introduction for Young Explorers
After sharing these amazing books about the solar system with your students, don’t miss these other planetary posts!