NASA made a big announcement this week: Forty light-years away (a measly 235 trillion miles) from our planet, there are seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star called Trappist-1. Three of those planets are in the habitable-zone, which is the zone around Trappist-1that could possibly sustain water.
What does this mean? Well, we’re not quite ready to climb into our space ships, take a nice nap in hyper-sleep, and wake up on a new planet — but it’s possible that human beings will eventually visit these exoplanets. In fact, NASA released some (fake) travel posters showing off the far-future vacation destinations, like this one:
Take a planet-hopping excursion through the TRAPPIST-1 system, where you can see other planets in the red sky. Credit NASA-JPL/Caltech
In honor of this scientific breakthrough, here is a booklist featuring kids just like you (well, occasionally with super powers and hefty responsibilities) growing up in space. (Book descriptions from the publishers.)
Stupendous Science Fiction Standalone Novels
Splendid Series in Space
Zita the Spacegirl
Starbounders by Adam Jay Epstein
George's Secret Key to the Universe (George #1) by Lucy Hawking, Stephen Hawking
Hunt for the Hydra by Jason Fry
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs
The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos
Mars Evacuees (Mars Evacuees #1) by Sophia McDougall
The Lost Planet (Chase Garrety #1) by Rachel Searles
MiNRS Kevin Sylvester
Do you have a favorite book set in space or on another planet? Leave a comment below or send in a review!
Nancy would much rather travel into space than the deep ocean, but really, she’s perfectly content right where she is now. On her couch.
Welcome to the Kidsmomo Time Machine! Where would you like to go today? Ancient Egypt? Shakespearian England? Maybe even the future? Well, you’re in luck! These books involving time travel (in no particular order) will transport you through history and into the beyond:
The Time Garden by Edward Eager (Karen’s pick)
Time Windows by Kathryn Reiss (Nancy’s pick)
Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka
Molly Moon’s Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure (Molly Moon Book #3) by Georgia Byng
UPDATE 2/2/10: We revealed the answer to our Time Travel Mystery Book Theater in the “Time After Time” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to meet a messenger from the future! (Kind of…)
“Mini Monsters, Evil Aliens, and Ballerinas in Sweatpants” — this week’s mystery book and ghosts of our Halloweens past
“Ghosts and More Ghosts” — our spooky book picks* (The Graveyard Book and Something Upstairs)
Karen’s most glorious costume moment… sadly, decades ago
And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is wacky families! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and check out these books about wacky familiesthat will have you laughing out loud and maybe, just maybe, being a little nicer to your siblings. Ha ha, yeah, right…)
— Nancy and Karen
*P.S. – In this part of the podcast, Karen mentions that you can hear Neil Gaiman read all of The Graveyard Book if you go to his website. Here’s a quick link right to it!