13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System by David A. Aguilar
Reading level: Middle Grade
Summary: Explains the most recent view (2011) of the planets in our solar system, with eight planets in the classical sense and five dwarf planets. Includes information on some of the moons, as well. Activities in the back, such as compare your weight on different planets and build a model solar system using objects from a grocery bag.
Illustrations: Space art by the author
Comments: The art in this book is beautiful. Along with the description of each planet is a sidebar about where the name came from and what its name means, giving a nice history lesson. The activities are age appropriate and fun.
Activities on pages 58-59 in the book
Calculate your weight on other worlds
Calculate your age on other worlds
Video about why Pluto is no longer a planet:
Compatible fiction: science fiction fans might enjoy The Complete Adventures of Lucky Starr by Isaac Asimov
Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books (March 8, 2011)
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