Solar System

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92 ARM Neil Armstrong : Young Flyer
92 MCA Teacher in Space
92 OCH Ellen Ochoa.
520 STO Space.
520 SWE Me and My Place in Space
523.2 SIP The Solar System
523.3 COL The magic school bus lost in the solar system.
523.4 GAL The planets.
523.4 RAU Spinning in space : a book about the planets.
523.4 VOG Venus
523.41 BRI Mercury
523.42 BRI Venus
523.42 HAU Venus
523.42 WIM Venus
523.43 HAU Mars
523.43 WIM Mars
523.45 BRI Jupiter
523.45 WIM Jupiter
523.46 BRI Saturn
523.46 HAU Saturn
523.46 VOG Saturn
523.46 WIM Saturn
523.47 BRI Uranus.
523.47 VOG Uranus
523.47 WIM Uranus
523.48 BRI Neptune
523.48 BRI Pluto
523.48 VOG Neptune
525 BRI Earth
525 RIL Earth, moon & sun.
529.21 CAR About space
629.4 VOG Space robots
629.44 GAL Space stations
629.45 BRA Mission to Mars
629.45 FLO Moonshot : the flight of Apollo 11
629.45 PAR Astronaut
736.9 BID Planet origami
811 FIS Sing of the earth and sky : poems about our planet and the wonders beyond
919.9 WET Touchdown Mars! : an ABC adventure. An alphabet book which presents facts about an space expedition to Mars.

SP 523.2 BRE El sistema solar

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Provides information on the planets that make up our solar system and their relationship with Earth. This book is at a reading level of 2.6 with a word count of 607.

The solar system is made up of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteoroids, and more. Young readers will learn about the bodies that make up the solar system and how they interact with each other.

Our Earth is part of a fascinating planetary family – eight planets and an odd bunch of solar system “cousins” that spin, roll, tilt, blow and whirl around the Sun! Here, to the tune of “Over in the Meadow,” young ones can get a glimpse of our remarkable neighborhood, and our place in a very big universe.

Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system. It is known for its giant spinning storm called the Great Red Spot. Young students will learn all about Jupiter’s discovery, storms, moons, and how this giant planet has been explored.

Mars is known as the red, rocky planet. It has many volcanoes, including the solar system’s largest one. Eager readers will learn about the physical features of Mars and its place in the solar system.

Pluto is a dwarf planet with three known moons—Hydra, Nix, and Charon. Children will explore Pluto’s physical features, its position in the solar system, and why it is no longer considered a planet.

The planet Mercury has highs around 800 °F and lows around -280 °F. Students will learn about Mercury’s discovery, physical characteristics, and the environment that supports these extreme temperatures.

With reflective clouds, Venus appears to be the brightest planet in the night sky. Young students will read about the discovery of Venus, its harsh environment, and the ways it has been explored.

The planet Uranus has a bright blue-green color because of methane gas in its atmosphere. Young children will learn about the discovery of Uranus, how it has been explored, and why it is tilted on its side!

The sun radiates light, heat, and energy at the center of the solar system. Eager students will explore how the sun works and its relationship to Earth and the other planets.

Earth is the only planet in the solar system known to support life. Children will explore our home’s water, atmosphere, and the diverse land features that make Earth a beautiful place to live!

An overview of the different characteristics of the Earth that make it unique. This book has a reading level of 2.6 and a word count of 604.

Jeffrey wants Saturn for his birthday, and he wants the moons too—all 47 of them. After all, they’ll make great night-lights! But he’s not selfish; he’ll share the rings with some of his friends at school and with his teacher, Mrs. Cassini. Facts about Saturn are woven seamlessly throughout this funny story as Jeffrey explains just what he’ll do with his present and how he’ll take care of it. His dad better hurry with the order, though, because shipping might take a while.

The United States accelerated the space race in 1958 by forming NASA. Eager readers will learn about the history of NASA and its many manned and unmanned missions.

A fun and interesting overview of the living conditions for astronauts in space. This book is at a reading level of 3.6 with a word count of 1121.

An educational look into what is known about outer space and its many wonders. This book has a reading level of 2.6 and a word count of 622.

Astronauts live and work on space stations that orbit Earth. Young readers will read about space station parts, the first space stations, and the International Space Station.

Space shuttles bring astronauts into and out of space. Children will learn about the history of space shuttles, the advanced technology onboard, and how these vehicles perform their missions.

The Hubble Telescope travels at 17,500 miles per hour to capture fascinating images of space. Young learners will read about the creation of the Hubble Telescope and the ways we use it to learn more about the universe.