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Space

Goodnight Spaceman
by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Nick East

Inspired by ESA astronaut Tim Peake and his sons, and featuring an introduction from Tim, this is the perfect bedtime book!

Two space-mad little boys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their toy rockets, launch pads and planet mobiles, before being whisked away into space on an adventure beyond their wildest dreams . . .

Tim Peake is the first official British ESA astronaut. He left Earth on 15th December 2015 to begin a six month long mission aboard the International Space Station. His time in space has been watched by millions and he is inspiring a new generation of explorers, adventurers and questioners.

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom!
by Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

Come on a fantastic adventure to the moon and deep into space! This exciting book is full of amazing astronauts and super space vehicles, including moon buggies, lunar modules, robot spacecraft and lots more! 

The Way Back Home
by Oliver Jeffers

An exciting intergalactic adventure from shining star Oliver Jeffers, creator of Lost and Found.

One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. Whizzing past clouds, stars and planets until suddenly, he runs out of petrol!

Miles from earth, the boy crashes into the moon and waits. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a friendly martian appears from the darkness, also with a broken aircraft.

Together they come up with a super plan to float the boy back down to earth to collect his toolbox.

Can the boy find his way back home safely and will he ever make it back up to the moon to rescue his friend?

Man on the Moon
by Simon Bartram

Follow a day in the life of Bob. Find out what he does on the moon: cleaning and tidying, welcoming visitors, performing tricks for tourists and much more. He knows almost everything there is to know about the moon – but there’s something going on behind his back that he hasn’t spotted.

The Sea of Tranquility
by Mark Haddon, illustrated by Christian Birmingham

Years ago there was a little boy who dreamed of rocketing to the moon, of landing on the crumbly rock and walking across the Sea of Tranquility.

He borrowed library books and read how astronauts had orbited the earth and walked in space. And every night he hoped that they would find a way to land on the moon and walk where he had dreamed of walking. And eventually, one cloudless night, they did…

How to Catch a Star
by Oliver Jeffers

An inspirational story of a boy who loved the stars so much, he decided to catch one of his very own. The beautifully illustrated, original debut picture book from Oliver Jeffers.

There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together.

So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star of his very own…

Q Pootle 5
by Nick Butterworth

Q Pootle 5 is on his way to a moon party when his rocket falls to Earth in need of some repairs…

Q Pootle 5 thinks he knows what the problem is, in fact he is sure. The problem is that the rocket is broken, it needs a new rocket booster. But where on earth will this little alien find a rocket booster ? A green earthing comes along but he can’t help and neither can three birds. Perhaps Colin the Cat might be able to help – when he’s finished his dinner that is…

The Blackest Hole In Space
by Penny Little, illustrated by Vincent Vigla

This book takes us on an adventure in outer space, complete with die cut hole throughout. Charlie, his dad and Doggo the dog have spent all afternoon making a space rocket with alien receptors, a black-hole tracker and a time-travel switch. When Dad goes downstairs and before Charlie can say ‘sizzling satellites’ the rocket takes off!

The King of Space
by Jonny Duddle

Rex looks like an average 6 year old, living on his parents’ moog farm and going to mini galactic citizen school, but he’s going to be King of Space! With the help of unsuspecting friends, Rex creates an army of warbots with dung-blasters and begins his conquest of the known worlds. But when he goes too far, only one person can save him from the wrath of the Galactic Alliance – his tough-talking mum!

Whatever Next!
by Jill Murphy

Baby Bear wants to go to the moon and so searches around the house until he finds a rocket (a cardboard box), a space-helmet (a colander) and space-boots (his wellies). All set, he blasts off out of the chimney and into the night. Joined by an owl, Baby Bear soars high into the night sky until finally they reach the moon. Of course, when he returns to earth for his bath, his mother doesn’t believe where he has been.

Laika the Astronaut
by Owen Davey

The true story of Laika, the first-ever dog launched into orbit, imaginatively retold with its own very special happy ending in this stylishly rendered picture book.

Meet the amazing dog whose brave journey into space paved the way for humankind to follow. Laika is a stray on the streets of Moscow, until she is chosen to be the first animal launched into orbit. When things go wrong, everyone thinks Laika is lost.  In this,  Owen Davey’s imaginative take on the true story, Laika is rescued by a loving new owner and finds her true home on a planet far, far away.

The Time and Space of Uncle Albert
by Russell Stannard

Book One in the bestselling ‘Uncle Albert’ science/adventure series.

Famous scientist Uncle Albert and his niece Gedanken enter the dangerous and unknown world of a thought bubble. Their mission: to unlock the deep mysteries of Time and Space . . .

In this action-packed adventure story, discover why you can’t break the ultimate speed barrier and find out how to become older than your mother, how to put on weight without getting fat, and how to live forever without even knowing it.

Black Holes and Uncle Albert
by Russell Stannard

Book Two in the best-selling Uncle Albert science/adventure series. Uncle Albert and his intrepid niece, Gedanken, make some astonishing discoveries when they set out on their next mission: to investigate the universe…Discover, in this adventure story set in deepest space, black holes that swallow up everything, tape measures that shrink when you take them downstairs, speeded-up time, and how it is that you are made of stardust.

The Great Space Race
by Joshua Mowll

The Crankshaws have finally hit rock bottom. The family are stony broke, their belongings have been snaffled by the bailiffs and their house, The Mill, is about to be re-possessed. And although Dad’s Soviet fighter jet-propelled BBQ may well be the planet’s most innovative solution to fast food (extra fast food), it is not the family’s ticket out of financial doom and gloom. Not yet… So it is that fourteen-year-old Ace Crankshaw devises a secret money-making scheme of his own – the answer to all their problems, he thinks – a grandiose plan that will at last lift the Crankshaw’s curse. He will enter and win the most sensational race the world has ever seen! Zircon’s Great Space Race! With Barry (a monkey-toy robot) for technical support, Jake (his fart-brewing best mate) on rocket research duties and their arch-enemy, Zack Zircon, running the gig … what on Earth could possibly go wrong?

Cosmic
by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he’s the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force defying Cosmic rollercoaster – or be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. 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? Sometimes being big isn’t all about being a grown-up.

Worst-case Scenario Ultimate Adventure: Mars
by Borgenicht

In this ultimate adventure, join the youngest crew of astronauts ever to make the trip to Mars! You’ll be faced with real dangers and decisions, and your choices will determine your fate on the Red Planet. Will you achieve your mission and return home to Earth safely, successfully earning the title of the youngest astronaut to make it to Mars? Or will you be forced to turn back early? Only you can determine your own fate. There are twenty-two endings to this adventure, but just one will lead to the ultimate success.