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Ten Books About Space

last modified on 09/15/2008

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Total: 10
Status: Public
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A Flying Birthday Cake

(Marvin Redpost)

by Louis Sachar, illustrated by Amy Wummer

Interest Level: Grades 1 - 4

Grade Level Equivalent: 2.2

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Series

Resources: Yes

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Marvin thinks he sees a UFO while sleeping in his friend Nick's backyard, but both boys have forgotten all about it when the next week a new kid shows up at school. His name? Joe Normal. His behavior? Far from normal.

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Aliens for Breakfast

(Stepping Stone)

Interest Level: Grades 3 - 5

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Series, Science Fiction, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Richard knows he's not in for an ordinary day when a tiny, wisecracking alien freedom fighter climbs out of his cereal bowl. The alien enlists Richard's help to foil a deadly enemy who is cleverly disguised as the new kid in homeroom.

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Astronauts Today

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 1

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: Informational

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Astronauts Today is a journey into space exploration. With fun facts like what astronauts eat and how they sleep, kids will learn about today's space adventures and how people from all over the world work to continue space exploration.

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Big Silver Space Shuttle

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Genre: Informational

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A brightly colored and intricately detailed space shuttle prepares for liftoff, then shoots into space, leaving Earth's atmosphere and going into orbit.

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Floating in Space

(Let's Read and Find Out Science — Stage 2)

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 4.8

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational

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Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Wondered what it might be like to see the sun set sixteen times in one day? Open this book and be transported on an information-packed voyage aboard the space shuttle.

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Hello? Is Anybody There?

by Jostein Gaardner, illustrated by Sally Gardner

Interest Level: Grades 1 - 4

Genre: Comedy and Humor, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

Resources: Yes

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Eight-year old Joe is about to become a big brother when he meets Mika from planet Eljo, where children hatch out of eggs and life in general is quite different from what Joe knows.

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The Best Book of Spaceships

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 1

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.4

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz

Genre: Informational

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Illustrations and text describe how humans have tried to learn more about space and some of the equipment and vehicles used to do this.

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The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System

(Ms. Frizzle's Adventures)

by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, illustrated by Bruce Degen

Interest Level: Grades PreK - 3

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.9

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Adventure, Series

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The planetarium is closed for repairs, so the Magic School Bus blasts off on a real tour of the solar system. A first-class introduction to the planets, fine for pleasure or purpose reading.

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The Sky Is Full of Stars

(Let's Read and Find Out Science — Stage 2)

Interest Level: Grades K - 2

Grade Level Equivalent: 3.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational

Resources: Yes

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Young stargazers learn about different star colors and brightness, how to locate major constellations, and how to make mini-planetariums by using coffee cans and flashlights.

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To Space & Back

Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.1

Includes: Accelerated Reader Quiz, Scholastic Reading Counts! Quiz

Genre: Informational, Autobiography, Biography and Autobiography

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Much has been written about the vast scientific importance of space exploration, but very little about the human side of being a member of an astronaut crew. In this book, with the help of journalist Susan Okie, Sally Ride shares the personal experience of traveling into space. America's first woman astronaut answers questions most frequently asked about a journey through space.

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