Space & Astronomy Books for 11-13 Year Olds

Introduce these fiction and non-fiction books about space and the planets to your middle-school aged child.

By Michelle Anthony, PhD



Space & Astronomy Books for 11-13 Year Olds

Be sure to check out these great reads. Nonfiction books can vary by both complexity of text and content. For this reason, we have included books at various reading levels, placing content as the primary criteria:


  • A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations-- and How You Can Find Them in the Sky by Michael Driscoll and Meredith Hamilton 
  • True Book Space Series by Elaine Landau
  • The Mystery of Mars by Sally Ride and Tam O’Shaughnessy
  • The Kids Book of the Night Sky by Ann Love and Jane Drake
  • Scholastic Atlas Of Space, Johanne Champagne (Editor)
  • The Usborne Complete Book of Astronomy & Space by Lisa Miles, Alastair Smith and Judy Tatchell
  • Eyewitness Workbooks: Stars and Planets, (DK Eyewitness Books)
  • Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
  • Faces of the Moon by Bob Crelin
  • The Glow-In-The-Dark Night Sky Book by Clint Hatchett, Heinemann
  • Glow-In-The-Dark Constellations: A Field Guide for Young Astronomers, by C.E. Thompson, Grosset and Dunlap
  • Just Visiting This Planet : Merlin Answers More Questions About Everything Under the Sun, Moon, and Stars, by Neil de Grasse Tyson
  • One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos by Neil de Grasse Tyson, Charles Liu, and Robert Irion
  • A Traveler’s Guide to Mars by William Hartman
  • The Real Mars by Michael Hanlon and Jim Garvin 
  • Everything Kids' Astronomy Book: Blast into outer space with steller facts, integalatic trivia, and out-of-this-world puzzles by Kathi Wagner
  • Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #6: Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne and Will Osborne
  • Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids by Seymour Simon
  • The Stars by H.A. Rey
  • NightWatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe by Terence Dickenson
  • Beyond Jupiter: The Story of Planetary Astronomer Heidi Hamel by Fred Bortz


Science & Nature
Age 13
Age 12
Age 11
Astronomy and Space
Middle School
Content Area Reading