Space Inspiration

Kids – get lost in space! (With our suggestions for good reads) 10-07-2020 |  7 minutes


Another way to celebrate World Space Week – here’s our pick of some of the best space stories for children and teenagers


Do You Know About Space? by Sarah Cruddas

Blast off into outer space! This book takes the reader on a galactic journey to answer all the questions children ask about space. Through five chapters, it features more than 200 questions with plenty of fun illustrations and superb space images to learn all about the universe and exploration missions.

Big Silver Space Shuttle by Ken Wilson-Max (in English only)

Featuring flaps, pull tabs and moving bits, this interactive book invites children to launch, fly and land their own space shuttle on a mission to space. The book is designed for little children – no need to understand English to enjoy the adventure!

Phobos by Victor Dixen (in English and French)

For older children, the Phobos space series imagines the very first mission to Mars in which the astronauts are teenagers taking part in a reality TV show. This thriller is an excellent introduction to the topic, providing real insight into the technological challenges that aerospace engineers and astronauts actually face.

Ad Martem 12 by Giulia Bassani (in English and Italian)

Again for teenagers, Giulia Bassani’s debut novel also tells the tale of the first colonizers of the Red Planet, but this time they belong to the first generation of humans born on Mars. They have never seen the Earth and have no connection with it. And as they grow, they wonder… A story combining science and philosophy.

„Frag doch mal... die Maus – Weltall“ (in German only)

In the space edition in the series ‘Frag doch mal… die Maus’ (Ask… the Mouse), a cute mouse, assisted by space experts, provides scientific yet child-friendly answers to questions such as: Why doesn’t the Moon fall down? What is the Milky Way made of? Curious explorers can learn all about the planets and our solar system.

Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon by Hergé

Our selection would not be complete without THE international reference: the two volumes of Tintin on the Moon. In this adventure, Professor Calculus develops his red and white atomic rocket and prepares to head for the Moon. But nothing goes according to plan: The test rocket is intercepted, and there is even an attempt to steal the plans… Will the rocket ever take off?

At ArianeGroup, we hope these suggestions will stimulate wide interest in space – and may even encourage youngsters to look at space as a career option. We would be delighted if you recommend any other good reads on our social media!