10 Books to Read After You Finish The Alien Next Door #1: The New Kid

Space shouldn’t be the final frontier for young readers.


There are so many great space-based books out there, featuring zany robots, friendly aliens, and plenty of adventurous astronauts. Outer space might not have an atmosphere, yet it has proven to be fertile ground for kids’ imaginations—and for good reason!

Hitting shelves this week is the first entry in our early chapter book series Alien Next Door, called The New Kid. In this brand-new story, an alien boy named Zeke tries to fit in and adjust to life on Earth, while a classmate, Harris, suspects that Zeke might not be quite what he claims to be.

We’ve put together a list of ten other great children’s books to read after you’ve finished The New Kid, all of which are sure to launch young readers into orbit. Many of them are educational, and a few are just plain fun. Take a look!



Rocket Ship Adventure! (Take the Wheel! Series) by Stanley Strickland, Illustrated by Paco Sordo










Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson







The Space Race (Blast Back! Series) by Nancy Ohlin, Illustrated by Roger Simó













Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Illustrated by Laura Freeman










Little Explorers: Outer Space by Ruth Martin, Illustrated by Allan Sanders











Blast Off! by Hunter Reid, Illustrated by Stephanie Hinton










Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space by Dr. Dominic Walliman, Illustrated by Ben Newman









Journey to the Moon by Andy Mansfield










Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers









Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins, Illustrated by Lucy Knisley