A glow-in-the-dark, interactive guide to the Solar System, carefully crafted to make complex STEM concepts like astronomy, physics and chemistry understandable – and fun! – for ages 8-12.

Barefoot Books Solar System joins Barefoot Books World Atlas as another standout nonfiction title on Barefoot's list to explore the world and universe.

Rosemary Kiladitis  "Riding high on the post-Summer Reading wave, middle grade kids can go back school and check out Barefoot Books Solar System, a glow-in-the-dark, interactive guide to our Milky Way, complete with lift the flap booklets, a pull-out map, and beautiful artwork... In keeping with Barefoot's mission of diversity and inclusivity, there is information about space exploration from around the world, making this a truly global effort. Back matter includes a comprehensive glossary of scientific terms and a note on the units of measurement used in the book. Don't pass this one up; your 520s will shine a little brighter with Barefoot Books Solar System on your shelf."
—Rosemary Kiladitis, Librarian
Foreword Reviews  "This gorgeous exploration of our solar system is replete with informative flaps, flip-up factoids, and beautiful collages depicting the colorful night sky and life planetside."
—Foreword Reviews
Youth Services Book Review  "A magnificent exploration of the solar system for upper elementary and beyond. Another hit for Barefoot Books in the nonfiction section that is sure to bring wonder and learning for budding astronomers, scientists, and astronauts."
—Youth Services Book Review
Midwest Book Review  "Barefoot Books Solar System is an educational children's book featuring stylized artwork, amazing true facts, interactive flaps, and a glow-in-the-dark poster of the solar system. These features make Barefoot Books Solar System a fun, hands-on treat, ideal for gift-giving to young people ages 8-12 who are curious about what lies beyond the Earth. Highly recommended!"
—Midwest Book Review


Detailed text, engrossing illustrations and a robust glossary of scientific vocabulary will inform children about the most current scientific advances in space travel and technology and enrich their STEM knowledge.


Entirely reviewed, edited and updated by astronomer Dr. Carie Cardamone, a professor of STEM education at Tufts University; her experience creating and teaching science activities for kids at the Boston Museum of Science enables her to provide accurate information that is engaging and developmentally appropriate for children.


With the inclusion of planet names from contemporary Asian and ancient Latin American cultures, as well as information about space exploration launches around the world, Barefoot Books Solar System offers a distinctly global view of astronomy and space exploration.


Delight aspiring astronauts, astronomers and engineers with an in-depth exploration of our solar system and beyond that will ignite curiosity in kids and adults of all ages.


Lift-the-flap booklets, a pull-out map of the solar system, gorgeous illustrations and sturdy hardcover binding make Solar System suitable for heavy classroom or library use or as a long-lasting gift.


Eye-popping glow-in-the-dark ink on the book cover and pull-out wall poster makes this book an ideal companion for stargazing adventures beneath the night sky.


Engineer Anne Jankéliowitch has worked in nature conservation for the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace. Her previous books include 50 Ways to Save the Earth (Harry N. Abrams, 2008), Kids Who Are Changing the World (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014), and Pop-Up Luna (De la Martinière jeunesse, 2018), also illustrated by Annabelle Buxton. She lives in France.

Annabelle Buxton was born in Basingstoke, England, and studied at the Estienne school and the High School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. Her artwork appears in exhibitions and comic strips, as well as in the book Pop-Up Luna (De la Martinière jeunesse, 2018), also written by Anne Jankéliowitch.

Lisa Rosinsky grew up in Maryland but now lives in Boston, where she was the Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer in Residence in 2016-2017. Her debut young adult novel Inevitable and Only was published by Boyds Mills Press in 2017. For Barefoot Books, she has also translated I'm the Best!, Can't Catch Me!, Are You Sleeping?, Cloud Chaser, and Jojo and the Food Fight!, as well as authored Baby Play and Dump Truck Disco under the pen name Skye Silver.




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Barefoot Books Solar System

An interactive guide to the solar system carefully crafted to make complex STEM concepts like astronomy, physics and chemistry understandable for children aged 8-12. Includes a glow-in-the-dark, pull-out wall poster of the solar system and glow-in-the-dark ink on the cover. Barefoot Books Solar System joins the celebrated Barefoot Books World Atlas as another standout nonfiction title on Barefoot's list to explore the world and universe.

AGES 8-12 | 10 x 11.8 IN

HARDCOVER | 9781782858232 | $19.99 USD



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