Recommended Books for K–12 Readers

“Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery” Site Support Notebook

General Astronomy

Ages 4–8

Kerrod, R. The Oxford Children’s A–Z of Space (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Ages 9–12

Couper, H. DK Space Encyclopedia (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1999).

Fraknoi, A. Disney Wonderful World of Space (New York: Disney Press, 2007).

Kerrod, R. Astronomy (Chicago: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 1998).

Redfern, M. The Kingfisher Young People’s Book of Space. (London: Kingfisher Publications, 1998).

Young Adult

Mitton, J. & Mitton, S. The Young Oxford Book of Astronomy (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995).


Ages 4–8

Fradin, D. Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet (New York: Mondo Publishing, 2004).

Sis, P. Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei (New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2000).

Ages 9–12

Andronik, C. Copernicus: Founder of Modern Astronomy (Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, 2002).

Goble, T. Nicolaus Copernicus and the Founding of Modern Astronomy (Greensboro: Morgan Reynolds, 2003).

Nardo, D. Tycho Brahe: Pioneer of Astronomy (Mankato: Compass Point Books, 2008).

Young Adult

Bendick, J. Along Came Galileo (San Luis Obispo: Beautiful Feet Books, 1999).

Fox, M. Edwin Hubble: American Astronomer (New York: Franklin Watts, 1997).

Somvervill, B. Nicolaus Copernicus: Father of Modern Astronomy (Mankato: Compass Point Books, 2005).

Voelkel, J. Johannes Kepler and the New Astronomy. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).

Solar System

Ages 4–8

Chrismer, M. Comets (New York: Children’s Press, 2005).

Bendick, J. Comets and Meteors: Visitors from Space. (London: Bt Bound, 1999).

Branley, M. The Moon Seems to Change (New York: HarperTrophy, 1987).

Bredeson, C. I Like Space: What is the Solar System? (Berkeley Heights: Enslow Publishers, 2008).

Chesanow, N. Where Do I Live? (Hauppauge: Barrons Educational Series, 1995).

Simon, S. Destination: Jupiter (New York: HarperTrophy, 2000).

Simon, S. Destination: Mars (New York : HarperTrophy, 2004).

Ages 9–12

Asimov, I. & Hantula, R. Comets and Meteors (Chicago: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2005).

Sipiera, P. Comets and Meteor Showers (New York: Children’s Press, 1997).

Simon, S. Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids (Tandem Library Books, 1999).

Simon, S. Our Solar System: Revised Edition (New York: Collins, 2007).

Simon, S. Saturn (Tandem Library Books, 1999).

Simon, S. The Moon (New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2003).

Simon, S. The Sun (Tandem Library Books, 1999).

Way, J. Exploring Comets (New York: Powerkids Press, 2007).

Young Adult

Cheshire, G. The Solar System and Beyond (Smart Apple Media, 2006).

Elkins-Tanton, L. Jupiter and Saturn (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2006).

Elkins-Tanton, L. The Earth and the Moon (New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 2006).

Moser, K. & Spangenburg, R. A Look at Comets (New York: Franklin Watts, 2004).

Viegas, J. The Role of the Sun in Our Solar System: An Anthology of Current Thought (New York: Rosen Central, 2005).


Ages 4–8

Branley, F. The Sky Is Full of Stars (Tandem Library Books, 1999).

Rockwell, A. Our Stars (Voyager Books, 2002).

Ages 9–12

Apfel, N. Orion, the Hunter (Clarion Books, 1995).

Birch, R. Stars (New York: Chelsea Club House, 2008).

Driscoll, M. A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations—and How You Can Find Them in the Sky (New York: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2004).

Love, A. & Drake, J. The Kids Book of the Night Sky (Tonawanda: Kids Can Press, 2004).

Simon, S. Stars (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1986).

Young Adult

Miller, R. Stars and Galaxies (Twenty-First Century Books, 2005).

Rey, H. The Stars: A New Way to See Them (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2008).


Ages 4–8

Gibbons, G. Galaxies, Galaxies! (New York: Holiday House, 2008).

Ages 9–12

Elish, D. Galaxies (Tarrytown: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2006).

Rau, D. The Milky Way and Other Galaxies (Mankato: Compass Point Books, 2005).

Simon, S. Galaxies (New York: HarperTrophy, 1991).

Sipiera, P. Galaxies (New York: Children’s Press, 1997).

Young Adult

Miller, R. Stars and Galaxies (Twenty-First Century Books, 2005).

The Universe

Ages 9–12

Burnham, R. The Reader’s Digest Children’s Atlas of the Universe (Pleasantville: Reader’s Digest Children’s Publishing, 2000).

Garlick, M. Atlas of the Universe (New York: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2008).

Lambert, D. The Kingfisher Young People’s Book of the Universe (London: Kingfisher Publications, 2001).

Simon, S. Destination: Space (New York: HarperTrophy, 2004).

Simon, S. The Universe (New York: HarperTrophy, 2000).

Young Adult

Moser, K. Observing the Universe (New York: Franklin Watts, 2004).

Sussman, A. Dr. Art’s Guide to Science: Connecting Atoms, Galaxies, and Everything in Between (Jossey Bass Wiley, 2006).

Time-Life Books. The Universe (Des Moines: Time-Life Books, 1998).

Space Exploration

Ages 4–8

Bullock, L. Looking Through a Telescope (New York: Children’s Press, 2004).

Roza, G. The Incredible Story of Telescopes (New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 2004).

Shearer, D. Space Missions (Mankato: Bridgestone Books, 2002).

Ages 9–12

Angelo, J. Spacecraft for Astronomy (New York: Facts on File, 2006).

Bortolotti, D. Exploring Saturn: From Galileo to Cassini (Tonawanda: Firefly Books Ltd., 2003).

Jackson, E. Looking for Life in the Universe: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005).

Kerrod, R. Dawn of the Space Age (Chicago, Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004).

Kerrod, R. Space Probes (Chicago: Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2004).

Scott, E. Close Encounters: Exploring the Universe with the Hubble Telescope (New York: Disney Press, 1998).

Skurzynski, G. Are We Alone? Scientists Search for Life in Space (DC: National Geographic Children’s Books, 2004).

Thimmesh, C. Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006).

Young Adult

Ferguson. Space Exploration (New York: Ferguson Publishing, 2008).