Books about space

A Wrinkle in Time

Take a look at our favourite children's books about space.

These great intergalactic adventures for all ages will take you on exciting interstellar journeys through the cosmos...

  • Larklight

    Author: Philip Reeve Illustrator: David Wyatt
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 8+

    Award-winning Reeve indulges his love of historical technology in a new novel for younger readers, which is as captivating as the Mortal Engines quartet was for an older audience.

  • Aliens Love Underpants

    Author: Claire Freedman Illustrator: Ben Cort
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster
    Interest age: 3-5

    Underpants are a source of humour whatever your reading age, even, it appears, when it comes to aliens!

  • Cosmic

    Author: Frank Cottrell Boyce Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Pan Macmillan
    Interest age: 9+
    Reading age: 9+

    Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job?

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Author: Madeleine L'engle
    Publisher: Puffin Classics
    Interest age: 9-13
    Reading age: 9+

    When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'.

  • The Man on the Moon!

    Author: Simon Bartram
    Publisher: Templar Publishing
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 5+

    Bob knows almost everything there is to know about the moon - but there's something going on behind his back that he hasn't spotted...

  • Toys in Space

    Author: Mini Grey
    Publisher: Jonathan Cape
    Interest age: 3+
    Reading age: 6+

    The toys have been left outside in the garden one summer night. To help to pass the time till morning, Wonderdoll begins to tell a story about the arrival of a mysterious alien spaceship...

  • The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

    Author: John Boyne Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: Corgi
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 10+

    Barnaby Brocket has an unusual gift: he defies the law of gravity and floats. Embarassed by their child's 'abnormality', his parents set out to keep his feet on the ground.

  • Space Ace

    Author: Eric Brown Illustrator: Tony Ross
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 5-10
    Reading age: 6+

    Billy's grandad is a retired astronaut who likes to take Billy on tours around the earth in his space ship. However, one day, by accident, they rocket into space and have to find their way back by navigating past all the planets, learning about them as they go!

  • Space Pirates: Treasure

    Author: Jim Ladd Illustrator: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Nosy Crow
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    More swash and buckle in space than you can imagine when Sam and the crew of the Jolly Apollo continue their quest for Planet X. The fourth book in the Space Pirates series.

  • You Choose In Space

    Author: Pippa Goodhart Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 3-6
    Reading age: 5+

    You choose how this story unfolds, so a new adventure can be enjoyed each time of reading. A spectacular book to stimulate creative storytelling and language development, full of vibrant illustration. Not to be missed!