World Space Week is October 4th to October 10th this year with a theme that celebrates “Women in Space!” The largest space event in the world can build excitement in kiddos about science and technology. There is still so much to learn about what lies on the edges of the universe. During World Space Week incorporate out of this world activities into learning. Visit wordspaceweek.org for resources and activities. The ‘Heinlein Teacher Guide’ and ‘WSW Teacher Activity Guide’, are fantastic resources to bring space science to life.
Start conversations and celebrate technology in space with a read aloud! We’ve curated a collection of the best read alouds to celebrate space, women in space, and even a non-fiction series about the solar system!
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Check out a few titles from this collection
Mae Among The Stars
by Roda Ahmed
When Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. Listen to the stars sparkle as Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, pave the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space. Mae’s courage to follow her dreams will inspire even the littlest adventurer to dream higher. Follow up this beautiful picture book with a Mae Jemison biography, also available on Novel Effect with an in app ebook for members.
Ask an Astronaut
by Cottage Door Press
Astronauts answer real-kid questions about training, living, and working in space. How do you go to the bathroom? Where do you sleep? What do you eat? What’s your favorite part about being an astronaut? Real-life photography accented with PBS Kids characters.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth
by Oliver Jeffers
Insightful and sweet with a gentle humor, here is a guide to life on Earth. From a complex view of our planet’s terrain to a deep look at our place in space, witty text combines with the playful music and sound effects for a storyscape you’ll enjoy again and again.
from Bellwether Media
This gorgeously illustrated non-fiction series speeding comets and asteroids to orbiting bodies and beyond. Space expands far outside what we know, but there are many things we have discovered about the depths of space. From the planets to the sun and more, explore the formation of different parts of space, reasons why we study space, and so much more in this nonfiction series available with in app ebooks for members.
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