On 11am Wednesday 19 May, children around the country (and space) will be reading the same book at the same time to celebrate National Simultaneous Storytime. This year's picture book title is Give me some space! by Philip Bunting.

We will be reading along at Kew Library preschool storytime, followed by a fun craft activity making our own astronaut helmets! 

If you can't make it to the library, you can register from home; schools and childcare can also get involved.

Register at home

More space information and stories 

Discover everything you want to know about space at the library.

Search our non-fiction and folios collections to find all the best space information under section J or J FOL 520 to 629.4.

Advanced readers can search for top space facts using the kids portal in Encyclopedia Britannica or Credo Reference.

Enjoy many more space stories and fact books with the recommended titles below. 

Picture books

Bear in space by Deborah Abela
Life on Mars by Jon Agee
The Queen's lift-off by Steve Antony
Give me some space! by Philip Bunting
There was a black hole that swallowed the universe by Chris Ferrie
Monty + Sylvester : a tale of everyday astronauts by Carly Gledhill
The darkest dark by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion
You choose in space by Pippa Goodhart
Small world by Ishta Mercurio
Suzy Orbit, astronaut by Ruth Quayle 
Billie's outer space adventure by Sally Rippin
Goodnight spaceman by Michelle Robinson 
Dogs in space by Vix Southgate
Stardust, Field trip to the moon by Jeanne Willis
Astro girl by Ken Wilson-Max
A kite for Moon by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple

Non-fiction

Balloon to the moon by Gill Arbuthnott
Astronaut in training by Catherine Ard
When the stars come out by Nicola Edwards
The awesome book of space by Adam Frost
Spacepedia by Brad Herzog
Super space by Clive Gifford; consultant Dr Jacqueline Mitton
Under the stars: astrophysics for bedtime by Lisa Harvey-Smith
How to be an astronaut and other space jobs by Dr Sheila Kanani
Space jokes ill. Dan and Grace Newman
Astronomy for kids: 26 family-friendly activities to explore stars, planets, and observing the world around you by Michelle Nichols
Odd science: spectacular space by James Olstein
Space number crunch! the figures, facts and space stats you need to know by Kevin Pettman
Space record breakers by Anne Rooney
Universe by Giles Sparrow; consultant, Jerry Stone
Night sky by Carole Stott; consultant: Jerry Stone
The Usborne official astronaut's handbook by Louie Stowell 
Adventures in space by Simon Tyler

 

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