Best Selling Books in Science, Nature & How It Works - Astronomy & Space

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release date: May 02, 2017
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Rocket Science for Babies (Baby University)

Simple explanations of complex ideas for your future genius!

Written by an expert, Rocket Science for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to aerospace engineering. Babies (and grownups!) will learn about the basics of how lift and thrust make things fly. With a tongue-in-cheek approach that adults will love, this installment of the Baby University board book series is the perfect way to introduce basic concepts to even the youngest scientists. After all, it's never too early to become a rocket scientist!

Baby University: It only takes a small spark to ignite a child's mind.

release date: Oct 26, 1999
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There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System  (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Au revoir, Pluto! In this newly revised, bestselling backlist title, beginning readers and budding astronomers are launched on a wild trip to visit the now eight planets in our solar system (per the International Astronomical Union’s 2006 decision to downgrade Pluto from a planet to a dwarf planet), along with the Cat in the Hat, Thing One, Thing Two, Dick, and Sally. It’s a reading adventure that’s out of this world!
release date: Oct 09, 2012
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National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)
This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.

Chapters include:
 • Chapter 1 focuses on the Earth, moon, and sun.
 • Chapter 2 introduces kids to the other planets in our solar system.
 • Chapter 3 explains other objects in our solar system, such as dwarf planets, comets, and asteroid belts.
 • Chapter 4 voyages even farther afield, touching on concepts such as the universe, the Milky Way, stars, galaxies, and black holes.
 • The last chapter delves into space exploration: humans on the moon, spaceships, the International Space Station, etc.
release date: Mar 08, 2016
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Hello, World! Solar System
Every young child loves to look up at the moon in the night sky. Now here’s a board book that can teach toddlers all about the sun, moon, stars, and planets—with colors, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts. 

Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! makes learning fun for young children. And each page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child. (“Can you point to the red planet? That’s Mars!”) It’s a perfect way to bring science and nature into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops. 

Look for all the books in the Hello, World! series: Weather, Backyard Bugs, and Birds.

“A cheerful introduction to outer space.”—Booklist

“Supplemental tidbits (“Ouch! Asteroids and comets often hit this planet,” [McDonald] writes about Mercury) offer additional details to pique the interest of children just hearing about Earth’s cosmic neighbors for the first time.”—Publishers Weekly
release date: Oct 04, 2016
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Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering! (Baby Loves Science)
Big, brainy science for the littlest listeners

Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this book explores the basics of flight – from birds, to planes and rockets – and ties it all to baby’s world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby’s sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!
release date: Nov 29, 2016
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Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition

The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

release date: Jul 05, 2017
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Solar Eclipse Road Trip: The Complete Kids' Guide and Activity Book for the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017
Whatever else you have planned on Monday, August 21st... cancel it, pack the kids in the car, and drive to the path of totality to witness the once-in-a-lifetime Great American Total Solar Eclipse!

Solar Eclipse Road Trip contains 50 pages of solar eclipse science, maps, car games, puzzles, crosswords, word searches, mad libs, coloring pages, story starters, and more. The complete kids' guide and activity book for an unforgettable road trip adventure. Suitable for ages 5-11.

Does not contain solar eclipse viewing glasses. Be sure to order your official, solar eclipse approved viewing glasses separately.
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release date: May 01, 2017
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When the Sun Goes Dark
This illustrated book is a fun way to get young astronomers ready for August 2017, when millions of North Americans will have the rare chance to witness a solar eclipse. The book tells how two curious children and their grandparents re-create eclipses in their living room using a lamp, a tennis ball, two Hula Hoops, and Ping-Pong balls. Later, in the backyard and around the house, the family explores safe ways to view a solar eclipse and ponders phenomena from sunspots to phases of the Moon. Written by the authors of NSTA’s award-winning book Solar Science, When the Sun Goes Dark gives children and adults hands-on techniques for learning the science behind eclipses of the Sun and Moon.
release date: Aug 15, 2014
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Spectrum Science, Grade 5
Cultivate a love for science by providing standards-based practice that captures children’s attention. Spectrum Science for grade 5 provides interesting informational text and fascinating facts about galaxies, subatomic particles, identical twins, and the first airplane.

When children develop a solid understanding of science, they’re preparing for success. Spectrum Science for grades 3-8 improves scientific literacy and inquiry skills through an exciting exploration of natural, earth, life, and applied sciences. With the help of this best-selling series, your young scientist can discover and appreciate the extraordinary world that surrounds them!

release date: May 13, 2014
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National Geographic Kids Super Space Sticker Activity Book: Over 1,000 Stickers!
An exciting interactive title chock-full of stars, planets, aliens, and everything out of this world brings National Geographic Kids signature content to a sticker and activity book format. For kids who love our universe, this book features the coolest science kids can't get enough of: our planet Earth, cool asteroids, fun aliens, comets, and so much more. Packed with mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing activities, and more, kids are sure to love these pages loaded with fun.
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