Get ready for our new, circulating telescope! Here are some book suggestions for stargazers, space enthusiasts, and sci-fi fanatics.

 Product Details  Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
From the author of Tap the Magic Tree, this interactive picture book appeals to the youngest readers. A gentle bedtime read, it reminds children of the natural beauty that surrounds them as they go to sleep.
 little bear  Little Bear, You’re a Star! by Jean Marzollo
People have been gazing up at the stars for thousands of years. Different cultures saw a variety of pictures in the star patterns. When people in Ancient Greece looked up, they saw a mother and baby bear, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. Marzollo has retold and illustrated the Greek myth of why there are two bears in the sky. The book ends with clear instruction on how to find Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, constellations that we know as The Big and Little Dipper.
 star stuff  Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson
In this picture book biography, readers are introduced to a young Carl Sagan. They learn where he discovered his interest in the wider world (the World’s Fair) and his passion for the stars (at a library!). It then briefly covers his adult life, including the TV show Cosmos and his influential help in sending out various space probes. The art accents the simple, concise words so well. A must read for eager star watchers!
 annie  Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer by Carole Gerber
Have you ever tried to count the stars? Or name them? In the early 1900s, Annie Jump Cannon, “the census-taker of the stars,” played a major role in a huge project at Harvard Observatory to photograph and classify them. This picture book biography introduces readers to a lesser known scientific pioneer and trailblazing woman. An inspiring story for young astronomers of any gender.
 Product Details The True Meaning of SmekDay by Adam Rex
As you look out into space, do you wonder if someone might be looking back? In this novel, upon which the recent movie Home is loosely based, the Earth and its inhabitants are casualties of a vast, intergalactic war. After the Boov invasion of Earth, eleven-year-old Gratuity Tucci finds herself driving her mother’s car to Florida, where all of the humans are being relocated, with her cat and a renegade extraterrestrial named J. Lo as her copilots. It’s a hilarious adventure and a reminder that we may not be quite as important as we think we are.
 voyagers  Project Alpha by D.J. MacHale
Earth is almost out of power. A new source of energy has been discovered, but it is on a planet outside our solar system. A method of travel, just created, would only take 14 days to reach the planet. The journey is physically difficult, and scientists have determined an adult body would be too damaged to survive. So this important task must be undertaken by children. Eight kids from around the world have been chosen to go through a series of tests to become one of the four members of Project Alpha. The final four are told that they need to be prepared to face anything — what an understatement!This is the first of the exciting new Voyagers series, each installment of which will be written by a different, best-selling author.
 sally ride  Sally Ride: Life on a Mission by Sue Macy
Sally Ride is known around the world as the first US woman in space. However, there is a lot more to her than that. She was incredibly good at tennis, had a master’s degree in physics, and was actually only the first woman in space by happenstance – there were 6 women in her astronaut class! This biography is perfect for late elementary and middle school students. Although the first chapter or two of her early life are a little rocky, it hits its stride and is a fascinating account of Sally’s life during and after her time with NASA.
 illuminae  Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Ezra and Kady break up on the same day their moon is attacked by another corporation. They both escape but on different ships. As troubles continued to mount – they are pursued by the attacking ship, a terrible plague breaks out on board one of the ships, the fleet’s AI might be actively working against them – Kady realizes the only person who might be able to help her figure out what’s going on is Ezra. Illuminae is told through dossier of hacked documents, so not only is the format unique but the 600+ page books also reads as quickly as many 100 page books. A must read brand-new series by two master authors.
 6a00d8345169e469e20163023a3772970d  Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
It is a night of block parties all over the world. Meteors hit the moon all the time, but this one will be large enough that the impact will be visible with binoculars, telescopes, and possibly just the human eye. As happy people celebrate, the meteor hits… and the unexpected occurs. The moon tilts oddly and seems to move closer to the Earth, so close it looms gigantic in the sky. Cell phones quit working immediately. Then there are reports of tsunamis and massive flooding. Then there are lists on the radio of cities that are under water. The moon is no longer a source of beauty, but of fear.  Miranda keeps a journal starting with life as she knew it and documenting the changes to the Earth, and to her life, she couldn’t have predicted.  Life As We Knew It is the first of a series of four books about the aftermath of the collision of the meteor. They present an exciting “what if” story of life on Earth.