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
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 🙂
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.