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Bellisario, Gina  To Mars!
Illustrated by Mike Moran
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook

Bellisario, Gina  To Planet Earth!
Illustrated by Paula Becker
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook

Bellisario, Gina  To the Stars!
Illustrated by Mike Moran
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Millbrook

Shepherd, Jodie  To the Moon!
Illustrated by Mike Byrne
Gr. K–3     24 pp.     Millbrook

Shepherd, Jodie  To the Sun!
Illustrated by Paula Becker
Gr. K–3     24 pp.    Millbrook

Cloverleaf Books: Space Adventures series. This series combines bright, cartoony illustrations with slight framing stories both imaginative and fact-filled. In each title, a child narrates his or her imagined outer space adventure, including astronomical facts about the destination. The illustrations depict diverse characters of different genders. While contrived, the series’ balance of science with fantasy is successful enough. Each book includes a simple activity. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy—Mars; Space; Astronomy—Earth; Astronomy—Moon; Astronomy—Stars; Astronomy—Sun

Doudna, Kelly  The Moon
Gr. 4–6  
   32 pp.    ABDO

Hudak, Heather C.  Galaxies
Gr. 4–6  
   32 pp.    ABDO

Hudak, Heather C.  The Sun
Gr. 4–6 
    32 pp.    ABDO

Kukla, Lauren  The Amazing Universe
Gr. 4–6 
    32 pp.   ABDO

Kukla, Lauren  Asteroids, Comets, and Meteoroids
Gr. 4–6 
    32 pp.    ABDO

Kukla, Lauren  Planets
Gr. 4–6  
   32 pp.    ABDO

Kukla, Lauren  Stars
Gr. 4–6  
   32 pp.    ABDO

Checkerboard Library: Exploring Our Universe series. Elementary facts about bodies in the solar system and throughout the universe are portioned out across multiple slim volumes. Each book includes broad descriptions of the featured astronomical topic; historical and current thinking about scientific features and composition; and the telescopes, probes, and spacecraft used to investigate them. Captioned photographs, diagrams, and sidebars effectively supplement the satisfactory texts. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy—Comets; Astronomy—Meteors; Astronomy—Asteroids; Astronomy—Galaxies; Astronomy—Planets; Astronomy—Stars; Astronomy—Cosmology; Astronomy—Solar system; Astronomy—Universe; Astronomy—Moon; Astronomy—Sun

Kenney, Karen Latchana  Exoplanets: Worlds Beyond Our Solar System
Middle school, high school   
  88 pp.    Twenty-First Century

Kenney introduces the evidence for exoplanets, planets beyond our solar system; the narrative then provides detailed descriptions of current methods of detection and the advancements in telescopes that allow these careful measurements. Profiles of various exoplanets highlight the possibilities for life on some of them. Photos, color renderings, and diagrams help elucidate the text. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy—Milky Way; Astronomy—Planets

Roland, James  Black Holes
Gr. 4–6   
  48 pp.    Lerner

Space Discovery Guides series. Black holes, gravitational waves, space-time and relativity, and modern technologies that help scientists develop theories about the makeup of the universe are covered in this book. Helpful diagrams and photographs of detectors and scientists at work accompany the clear text. This is pretty advanced astrophysics, but it’s excellently described at the appropriate level for upper-elementary space enthusiasts. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy—Black holes; Astrophysics

Siy, Alexandra  Voyager‘s Greatest Hits: The Epic Trek to Interstellar Space
Gr. K–3  
   74 pp.    Charlesbridge

Siy’s conversational narrative covers the major findings of the two Voyager spacecraft, still going since their launch in 1977. Each chapter features historical information about an outer planet’s discovery, along with the data from Voyager 1 and 2 that has confirmed early hypotheses and added to our knowledge. The text includes excellent photos, with many taken from the Voyager missions. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Space—Space probe; Astronomy—Planets

From the October 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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