Space Maps

This super-sized book of maps takes you on a space adventure from the stars to the solar system, and far beyond!

Do you want to go on a journey through space? Then all you have to do is look up at the night sky. What can you see?

Marvel at the constellations, and learn what their names and patterns mean to different cultures.

Then venture farther out, past what the naked eye can see, and hop from planet to planet to explore Earth’s celestial neighbors. Discover how humans have used rockets, probes, and telescopes to explore space–and even stop off at the International Space Station to visit the scientists working there!

Let Space Maps take you on a tour through the universe, with its 24 maps, stunning illustrations, and amazing facts. Grab your telescope and get ready for the intergalactic journey of a lifetime!

Author: Lara Albanese

Illustrator: Tommaso Vidus Rosin

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: What on Earth Books (September 8, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1912920565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912920563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.6 x 14.6 inches


George McMahon, The School Librarian

Space Maps is a beautifully constructed adventure through space. The large format, with many double-page spreads, allows for wonderfully clear and enticing illustrations. It is a visual feast of fabulous colours and inventive diagrams which explain complex scientific concepts with ease.”

@book.nerd.mommy Instagram

“Oversized and packed with fascinating information."

Olivia Farr, YA and Kids' Books Central

Space Maps is a seriously cool oversized book with tons of information about the universe, planets, stars, our exploration, and more. Each page features lots of interesting facts and stories about each topic with so many learning opportunities ... This is a really well-researched and thorough book that is a must-have for fans of space."

Youth Services Book Review

“This beautiful and stylish oversized compendium of space knowledge will delight children who love pouring over facts ... The illustrations are unique: highly stylized with a sophisticated color scheme of muted hues. Each double-page spread has a dominant color and highlights in coordinating colors and white, with deep gray type. It’s very readable and appealing.”

Mallory Weber, Convent of the Sacred Heart, NY, School Library Journal

"An artful middle grade outer space atlas, which will be enjoyed by curious readers who have an interest in planets and space travel."

Tom Tolkien, The School Reading List

NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH: "A visually awesome guide to the cosmos that will keep children in KS2 glued and wanting more. Accessible, yet detailed, this distinctive blend of history, human development, astronomy, and culture is a must for the KS2 school library and children interested in space."


"The book is very engaging, thanks to its visual appeal. The diagram labels are bursting with interesting information too. It’s everything an introductory astronomy book should be. It delivers a large amount of fascinating information about space, opening up young readers’ eyes to the wonders above them."

Brenda Marshall, The English Association

"This is a most impressive galactic guide. The size of this books demands attention – it is almost 28 x 38 cms and is appropriate to the subject matter. As a result the double page spreads are almost like posters ... A superb volume that creates awe and wonder, informs and inspires."

@littlelibraryowl Instagram

"The illustrations are absolutely stunning, with vibrant colours and plenty of details to explore ... This treasure of a book is a wonderful learning tool and will be sure to inspire young space enthusiasts!"


"Topics within the different sections are given a double-page spread. I love the use of visual information. The different spacecraft used to explore Mars, for example, are lined across the page and explained with clear labels. The illustrations very much place children and young people at the centre ... This stands out as an accessible and immersive book that takes the reader on an adventure."

@katepoelswrites Instagram

"This is such a fantastic book for the many children out there fascinated with space. Detailed maps of planets and moons, galaxies and the solar system are surrounded by interesting facts and well set out information ... Details on everything from human exploration of the moon to how our planet is viewed from space fill this book, making it a perfect gift for every would be astronaut out there."

Books for MKs

“This book has amazing maps of star constellations, our solar system, planets, galaxies, and comets. There is a wealth of information about gravity, dwarf planets, black holes, the moon, and spacecraft … The design of this book is beautiful! The pages are really thick and sturdy, and each page has little snippets of information all over it ... The artwork is gorgeous with a really attractive style!

Kids Book Buzz

"The book is full of interesting facts, short information paragraphs, and lots of pictures. It is a large book with excellent illustrations ... Anyone who is interested in space would enjoy this book, especially kids.”

My Shelves are Full

"A large hardback volume, this is to be savoured and enjoyed. From maps of the stars, galaxies, planets and space exploration, this book has everything a young space enthusiast could ever want. Filled with incredible illustrations and fascinating facts, this will fill hearts and minds with all things space!"

Mister Bodd

"This truly is the space book to end space books! Anyone studying Space with their UKS2 class needs this book in their classroom. Actually, scrap that, every KS2 classroom needs this. It’ll be one of the first books off the shelf every time!"

@picturebooks Instagram blog

"Planets, moons, stars, galaxies, black holes and nebulae, the universe is a BIG place and this is where SPACE MAPS comes in. This collection of 24 maps will take you wherever you want to go. Scattered with bite sized pieces of information written by Lara Albanese and supported by engaging illustrations by Tommaso Vidus Rosin."

Books for Topics

"Space Maps is a super-sized visual treat. It will appeal to those already interested in the topic of space and will also attract KS2 readers new to the subject. The reader is invited to take a space tour in the company of a diverse crew of space guides. Each double-page spread focuses on a different aspect and information is given in speedy, bite-sized fact boxes, making this an ideal book for dipping into. It is deeply informative and to the point."

"Large and detailed illustrations guide the reader through their space journey, with each new page devoted to a thoroughly detailed labelled map or diagram ... An extravagantly large and vibrant compendium for budding astronomers and knowledge-hungry scientists in upper KS2, this impressive non-fiction book takes young readers to infinity and beyond as they marvel at the vastness of the universe."

Lancashire Post

"With fully accessible chunks of fun and fascinating facts from physicist and children’s author Lara Albanese, and a gallery of Tommaso Vidus Rosin’s eye-catching illustrations to marvel at, there is a whole wide universe out there with secrets and mysteries to solve so grab your telescope and head for the stars!"

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