Stories about outer space, aliens, and the planets can lead to a discussion of the night sky if you have preschoolers. There is a great Solar System mobile you can print out and make from Enchanted Learning or NASA!
Branley, Franklyn M. THE PLANETS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM. A great nonfiction book, useful for introducing facts on the Solar System. There are instructions for a craft mobile at the back of the book.
Best, Cari. SHRINKING VIOLET. Shy Violet stars in the school play about the Solar System.
Brewster, Patience. ELLSWORTH AND THE CATS FROM MARS. A cat dreams about green furry cats visiting from Mars. The small pictures and longer text make this better for older children.
McNaughton, Colin. HERE COME THE ALIENS. Kids will laugh out loud at this silly story about space aliens.
Puttock, Simon. EARTH TO STELLA. This colorful new picture book stars a girl named Stella, who imagines she is an astronaut exploring outer space.
Sadler, Marilyn. ALISTAIR FROM OUTER SPACE. While on the way to the library to return his books, Alistair is kidnapped by aliens.
Saltzberg, Barney. THE SOCCER MOM FROM OUTER SPACE. Sometimes parents act like they are from outer space!
Shields, Carol D. MARTIAN ROCK. A rhyming story that describes the planets in the Solar System; with a surprise ending!
Willis, Jeanne. EARTHLETS, AS EXPLAINED BY PROFESSOR XARGLE. A class of alien children learn about humans before visiting our planet.
Yaccarino, Dan. ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM! I’M OFF TO THE MOON! A boy flies his spaceship to the moon.
Yorinks, Al. COMPANY’S COMING! Moe and Shirley invite some visitors from outer space to stay for dinner.