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Ticket to Space

Written by: Adrienne Romberger


Ticket to Space book cover

This is an awesome way to connect young children directly to space and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in a very real way. A child can follow along, holding the same book as it is read aloud by an astronaut from space. It makes the concept of space travel concrete, personal, and puts it right in a child’s hands.

Ticket to Space is written for ages 3-8 and based on U.S. human space travel history. It is an imaginative tale, taking a child from the first American in space right up to today. Through rhymes and talking rockets, Gus, the newest rocket in town, guides kids from launch to orbit. Along the way, however, Gus has some obstacles to overcome in order to achieve his own personal dreams and goals. It’s not easy for Gus, so get ready for a bumpy ride.

Posted January 15, 2024


The Eclipse Series

Get ready for the 2023 and 2024 eclipses with this amazing series of readings and science demonstrations.

The Eclipse series page features all three videos from the International Space Station along with the free Totality App, information on where to find ISO approved glasses, and other resources to enhance your learning experience.


Astronauts Zoom! An Astronaut Alphabet

Written by Deborah Lee Rose

Read by JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station

From the Publisher: From A to Z, “you are there” NASA photos capture real women and men astronauts on the International Space Station doing all kinds of work―and having fun! Diverse astronauts from around the world include NASA’S first all-woman spacewalk team and the first African American astronaut on a 6-month mission to the space station. With STEM-rich text and action words, ASTRONAUTS ZOOM! gives kids a space-eye view from the time astronauts awake till they’re zipped in for the night. Kids will also discover how astronauts practice on Earth, getting dressed in spacesuits and “spacewalking” in NASA’s training pool. Lots of hands-on STEAM ideas are included―like exploring science and engineering activities, making videos “from space,” even throwing a space pizza party! 20 YEARS OF ASTRONAUTS ON THE SPACE STATION!


Give me some Space” by Philip Blunting

Read by Shannon Walker, NASA Astronaut

Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?

On May 19th 2021, Give Me Some Space! was read to over 1.98 million children across Australia and New Zealand simultaneously by NASA astronaut Shannon Walker – from the International Space Station!

National Simultaneous Storytime is held annually, thanks to the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Each year, one book is selected to be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centers, family homes, bookshops and many other places around Australia and New Zealand.

Be sure to watch the “Science Time From Space” companion video: Sun, Earth, and Space


Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover

Written and Illustrated by: Markus Motum

Maybe you remember when a little robotic spacecraft landed on a far-off planet. On August 6, 2012, the rover Curiosity touched down on the rocky surface of Mars — and now she’s ready to guide you through her journey firsthand. From idea to creation and beyond, this fact-filled, stylish book introduces readers to Curiosity and her mission: to discover more about the red planet and search for evidence of life. How did Curiosity get her name? What tools does she use to carry out her tasks? In her own voice, the popular NASA rover tells how and why she traveled more than 350,000,000 miles to explore a planet no human has ever visited . . . and what she’s been doing there. In his debut picture book, Markus Motum brings Curiosity’s story to life in vivid color: the deep blues of space set off the warm, rusted hues of Mars’s dusty red surface, marking this lovable rover and her mission as something special — truly a world apart.


Willow the Water Bear


LIVE Reading: Willow the Water Bear

Re-watch our very first LIVE Story Time From Space reading from the International Space Station! Read along with astronaut Shannon Walker as we follow the extreme adventures of Willow the Water Bear.

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