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Celestial stories

The Monroe County Library System is an official Rochester Museum and Science Center Community Eclipse Ambassador! Reach out to your local libraries or visit to learn what space-related programs they’re offering this spring. In the meantime, check out some of these books for facts and stories about the space that surrounds us. 



By Andy Rash 

Scholastic, 2023 

A boy and his dad travel to the path of totality to view the 2017 solar eclipse in Illinois.

Ellen Takes Flight: The Life of Astronaut Ellen Ochoa 

By Doreen Rappaport & Oliver Dominguez 

Little, Brown, 2023 

A biography about the first Latina astronaut to go into space.

How to Eat in Space 

By Helen Taylor & Stevie Lewis 

Little, Brown, 2023 

Humorous but true facts about eating in zero gravity with extra pics of real astronauts.

The Moon Tonight: Our Moon’s Journey Around the Earth 

By Jung Changhoon & Jang Ho 

Blue Dot, 2023 

A girl tracks the moon throughout the month and explains the lunar calendar.

Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight 

By Melissa Stewart & Jessica Lanan 

Knopf, 2023 

Moon is thanked for many ways it helps life on Earth.

To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights 

By Angela Dalton & Lauren Semmer 

Harper, 2023 

A biography about the woman who played Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek TV series.


Farther Than the Moon 

By Lindsay Lackey 

Roaring Brook, 2023 

Houston is accepted into astronaut camp and hopes to find a way to bring his brother with cerebral palsy into space. 

Grace Needs Space! 

By Benjamin A. Wilgus & Rii Abrego 

Random House, 2023 

A girl who lives on a space station is excited to travel to a moon.

The Most Exciting Book of Science, Inventions, & Space Ever 

By Claire Watts, Jilly MacLeod, Carole Stott, Richard Walker, Lisa Swerling, and Ralph Lazar 

DK, 2023 

This heavily illustrated nonfiction book has a large section called “Intergalactic Guide to Space.”

Oliver’s Great Big Universe 

By Jorge Cham 

Amulet, 2023 Oliver wants to be an astrophysicist, but first he must survive middle school.

Where are the Aliens? The Search for Life Beyond Earth 

By Stacy McAnulty & Nicole Miles 

Little, Brown, 2023 

A nonfiction chapter book with spot illustrations about the possibilities of extraterrestrial life.


Meet Me in the Fourth Dimension 

By Rita Feinstein 

Page Street, 2024 

Crosby fears the passing of a rogue planet will kill everyone who doesn’t ascend to the fourth dimension.

A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Streets to the Stars 

By Hakeem Oluseyi & Joshua Horwitz 

Delacorte, 2023 

A memoir about a poor boy with a mega-high IQ who became a renowned astrophysicist.

Star Wars: The High Republic— Defy the Storm 

By Justina Ireland & Tessa Gratton 

Disney, March 2024 

A Jedi Knight and scientist team up to save innocent beings from an overtaken zone of space.

Stars, Hide Your Fires 

By Jessica Mary Best 

Quirk, 2023 

Cass sneaks onto an imperial palace space station to steal a fortune from an emperor who turns up dead.

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