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8 Great Space Books we used for our SOLAR SYSTEM unit


The first unit both my kids decided on for this school year was the Solar System Research Unit.

Of course, my main go to when doing any kind of research is books.

So we pulled out all the books about the solar system that we own and requested a bunch from the library.

Today I wanted to share the good books with you (because there were some duds in the ones we checked out).

The Best Solar System and Space Unit Books - Intentional Homeschooling

When it comes to books about the solar system (and science books in general) I am okay with using books that disagree with our views, like books that talk about evolution, we have conversations about it and share why we believe otherwise. I think it’s a good thing to teach kids that not everyone believes the same as we do and for them to go into books with the idea that even though things are printed in a book it doesn’t mean it is right.

If you are looking for a unit for the solar system you can check out the Solar System Research Unit that we used here.

Solar System Unit Books - Intentional Homeschooling

Okay, so here are the books we enjoyed and referred to the most during this unit.


50 Things to Know About the International Space Station

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This book tells young readers everything they want to know about life in space. With a focus on international collaboration, it details how men and women in space celebrate the holidays, watch the latest movies, go to sleep, call home, eat and drink, use the toilet and so much more. Featured astronauts include Canadians Chris Hadfield and Julie Payette — the only Canadian woman to visit the ISS. Each page of this book is heavily…

Meet Chris Hadfield

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Chris Hadfield
Meet Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space -- and make a music video while in orbit! When Chris Hadfield was a boy, growing up on a farm in Milton, Ontario, Canada didn't have a space program. But from the moment he saw a man first walk on the moon, young Chris decided he would somehow get to space. And with everything Chris did, from learning to fix farm machinery and joining…

You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station

I loved this book and seeing so many shots of the world from space!

You Are Here
Divided by continent, YOU ARE HERE represents one (idealized) orbit of the ISS. This planetary photo tour -- surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful -- is also punctuated with fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of his bestselling An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, YOU ARE HERE opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and…

Chris Hadfield and the International Space Station

Chris Hadfield and the International Space Station
Join Chris Hadfield living on the International Space Station! This book examines the extraordinary life of one of the most popular astronauts, from his early life to the six months he spent living in space. Discover what the International Space Centre is used for, and how astronauts like Hadfield can live there. Find out about the rigorous training that astronauts undergo and how they prepare for a journey into the unknown.

The Jumbo Book of Space

The Jumbo Book of Space
Answers children's questions about the secrets of the universe, including the history of stargazing, the science behind today's space facts, and the latest discoveries, and includes space-related projects for kids to make. This Jumbo Book is a comprehensive resource, packed with information and activities about all things space.

Did You Know? Space

Did You Know? Space
This fact-filled space book features amazing pictures from NASA and asks questions such as: Why is Jupiter striped? Is there life on Mars? The book includes the latest space exploration news and is perfect for young space fans as well as children new to the subject. Covering the solar system, stars, galaxies, and space exploration, the book has clear and simple text, and information that is utterly fascinating for this age range. Did You Know? Space is…

Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond

Space Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition
Blast off into space with the experts at National Geographic to discover everything we know about the universe, including exciting, recent discoveries and amazing brand-new NASA space photography. The updated and expanded edition of the hit Space Encyclopedia presents the most up-to-date findings on space exploration and research and breathtaking views of the universe, as captured by the latest and greatest technology, including the recent first ever image of a black hole. This complete reference…

See Inside Space

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A flap book of astronomical proportions, packed with facts and information about the stars, planets and the universe. Fabulous double-page topics show our solar system, the Milky Way, how scientists think the universe was created and the latest space travel technology. Over 50 flaps reveal fascinating facts about the universe and there's a little book of star maps tucked in a pocket at the back of the book. Includes internet links to websites with the…

Do you have any space books you would add to the list?


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