Rocket Books

9 Rocket Books

Preschoolers loves rockets, spaceships, and UFOs! Who isn’t fascinated about the possibility of blasting-off into space? Here are some of my son’s favorite rocket books. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. My kiddo loved them so much that we ended up buying several of them. Check your public library for these stories and borrow them for free!

9 Great Rocket Books

Roaring Rockets

1. Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton—

Tony Mitton has written lots of books about “things that go” and my son especially enjoyed this one about rockets. Witty rhymes and great illustrations make this story lots of fun to read together. The author packs plenty of great information about rockets and space into this fun story!

Space Race book

2. Space Race by Joy Cowley—

This is an older book, but that didn’t stop my son from loving so much that we had to buy it! In this story, 5 rockets race into space, but one-by-one the rockets encounter a humorous/silly problem and can’t continue the race. Read this one to find out who will win!

Go. Otto, Go

3. Go, Otto, Go by David Milgrim—

The adventures of Otto the robot are sure to delight the preschool crowd. Otto is a space robot visiting Earth. Otto misses his family so he builds a robot to take him. Read this funny story to find out if he make the spaceship fly. Otto has several more books, each one sparsely worded with humorous pictures!

Interstellar Cinderella book

4. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood–

This is a fantastic STEM and girl-power book! In this take on the Cinderella fairytale, Cinderella is rocket mechanic who fixes the prince’s spaceship. She captures his attention with her repair skills and turns down his marriage proposal to be his lead mechanic instead. The book has great pictures and rhyming text, which will kids will love!

On the Launch Pad: a counting book about rockets

5. On the Launch Pad: a counting book by Michael Dahl—

This is a great book for preschoolers — it has counting, rockets, and bright colors! Kids will love seeing the rocket, astronauts, satellites, and other space things while searching the pages for the hidden numbers. My son loves to find the hidden numbers in book illustrations! This book will help get preschoolers excited about numbers and counting 🙂

Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket

6. Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue Fliess—

This rhyming story is sure to charm your preschooler! Sadie builds a rocket and hires her crew (stuffed animals) and heads into space. They make it Mars and plant their flag. An incoming storm causes them to depart. Sadie and her crew return to Earth as history- making heroes! This inspiring story concludes with facts about Mars and women in space.

Curious George and the Rocket

7. Curious George and the Rocket by Margaret Rey–

George becomes the first monkey in space in this cute story. Get ready to count down and blast off with this curious monkey as he zooms into outer space. Once safely back on Earth, George is awarded a medal for his heroism. Bright pictures and short text make this book a great choice for kids who can’t sit still for long stories.

The Snow Rocket

8. The Snow Rocket by Derek Anderson–

Although this is not a space story, friends Romeo and Lou build a rocket out of snow that magically comes to life and flies them far away from home! They land in a city and mistake the new people, animals, and things that they discover for more familiar home creatures: penguins, seals, walruses, and fish! The mistaken identities will make kids laugh as the two friends make their way through the city in search of a new rocket ship to take them home. When they are beginning to lose hope, Romeo and Lou board a cargo ship and make a rocket out of cardboard boxes and set off! Kids might just want to make a rocket of their own after reading this!

Sheep Blast Off

9. Sheep Blast Off by Nancy Shaw–

We love Nancy Shaw’s sheep adventures! These silly sheep always inadvertently get themselves into trouble. In this story, the sheep find a spaceship and they all get in and blast off into space! Unfortunately none of the sheep know how to fly a rocket. Get ready to giggle as the sheep blunder their way through space.


Check your library for these and other rocket books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂


Looking for more stories to read, check out our Alien Stories recommendations!

Space “I Spy” Worksheets: print out these 2 fun space themed I Spy pages and count how many of each space object you can find in the picture.


Alien Stories for Preschoolers

Aliens are a popular topic for preschoolers! It seems lots of their favorite shows and movie feature creatures from outer space. Here are 8 great alien stories to read with your preschooler so that they can further grow their imaginations!

8 Alien Stories
8 Alien Stories

Aliens Stories:

Aliens Love Underpants

1. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort–

Using silly, rhyming text, Aliens Love Underpants explains that aliens come to planet Earth is search of underwear! So you had better check your undies for aliens before you put them on! Check your library for this one, or you can buy it on Amazon here. There are several sequels to this book: Aliens in Underpants Save the World, Aliens Love Dinopants, and Aliens Love Panta Claus!

There's an Alien in Your Book

2. There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher —

This is a fun, interactive book about a little alien who crash lands in your book! Meeting an alien seems scary at first, but the reader learns that being mean is not the answer. Fletcher incorporates a gentle message of acceptance mixed in with lots of humor that will keep your preschooler entertained. My son enjoyed the interactive components to the book and had fun shaking and flapping the book to try and rid it of the alien.

Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

3. Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara—

Loosely based on The Three Little Pigs story, this book is a giggle-inducing space and robot adventure. The little aliens set out to build themselves homes, only to have the big, bad robot knock down the first two homes. Will the aliens be safe in a house made of bricks with solar panels and a telescope? Great tool for learning about the planets and interstellar travel! This book is little on the long side and may not be ideal for wiggly kiddos; parents can skip parts to make it shorter if needed.

Chase's Space Case

4. Chase’s Space Case (Paw Patrol) by Kristen L. Depkin —

Preschoolers’ favorite Paw Patrol Pups plus aliens makes this book a winner! This book is based on the TV episode about an alien who crash lands in Adventure Bay. Mysterious giant bubbles begin lifting up the animals on Famer Al and Farmer Yumi’s farm and Paw Patrol comes to the rescue. Join Chase and the other pups as they save the animals, find the alien, fix the spaceship, and help get the alien back to space! The book is quick read with great pup pictures and it has stickers (which my child always likes).

The Smeds and the Smoos book

5. The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson—

Julia Donaldson creates a silly, rhyming story about two aliens (one is a Smed and one is a Smoo) who are star-crossed lovers. Since the Smeds and the Smoos have a long-standing feud, these two aliens wed secretly and leave their home planet in search of a place where their families will not come and tear them apart. The Smeds and the Smoos are both worried about the missing aliens and they team up to find them. Along the way, the Smeds and the Smoos realize that they actually like each other in spite of their differences. Everyone gets a happily ever after when the runaways are reunited with their family and everyone becomes friends.

Aliens Get the Sniffles Too

6. Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! Ahhh-choo! by Katy Duffield—

Oh no, Little Alien has a cold and nothing anyone does seems to help make Little Alien feel better. Mars Rover, the aliens’ three-eyed pup, is determined to make Little Alien smile. The pup does all sorts of tricks to finally earn a smile. Filled with space puns and lots of spacey-words that preschoolers will recognized, this story and its cute pictures will have your preschooler entertained.

Best Frints in the Whole Universe

7. Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis–

Aliens, Yelfred and Omek, have been best frints forever. But when Omek takes Yelfred’s new toy without asking and then breaks it, the two aliens get in a fight. Is their frintship over? No! Eventually the two aliens realize that their frintship is stronger than their fight. Filled with funny words and bright illustrations, your preschooler will enjoy reading this story with you.

Spacebot book

8. Spacebot by Mike Twohy—

My son LOVES this book! He actually clapped after I read it to him! A mysterious UFO lands in Dog’s backyard. A robot space dog appears and Dog is excited to someone who looks like a dog. However, it is the household appliances that the visitor is here for, and they come to life and start to fly around! When play time is over, the appliances return home. Poor Dog feels left out of the fun! Robot space dog gives Dog a special nose and now it is Dog’s turn for adventure! This poetic, rhyming book is absolutely amazing. The story and the pictures will capture your child’s imagination.

Check your library for these and other alien-themed books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂