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How to Celebrate National Space Day

Space Day started in 1997 and is held each year on the first Thursday in May. Space Day was designated as a special day to celebrate space exploration and to take time to learn more about our universe. This year we celebrate National Space Day on May 7th.

Here are a few of our favorite books about space and a simple space activity for your family.


Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

We recommend reading Hidden Figures, as this children’s book tells the extraordinary story of four Black women who used their incredible math skills to help NASA journey into space. Their calculations changed space travel forever!

ABCs of Space by Chris Ferrie and Julie Kregenow, PHD

You and your little one will enjoy exploring the world of space using this fun ABC board book. You will learn an astronomical concept for every letter of the alphabet and learn about its meaning.

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

We recommend reading this inspiring story of one woman’s pursuit of her lifelong dream to become an astronaut.


Moon Snack

Enjoy this special snack as you read books about space.


  • Rice cake
  • Cream cheese, peanut butter, or sun butter
  • Banana
  • Plastic knife
  • Plate


  1. Place rice cake on a plate.
  2. Spread your cream cheese, peanut butter, or sun butter onto one side of the rice cake.
  3. Slice the banana.
  4. Place your banana slices onto the rice cake.
  5. Enjoy!
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