Best Children’s Books of 2016

The best aviation- and space-themed books for young readers in 2016.

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This holiday season, a new crop of books about flight and space exploration offers plenty of gift possibilities for young readers from ages 2 to 14.

Spaced Out

(Simon & Schuster)

by Stuart Gibbs. Simon & Schuster, 352 pp., $16.99.
The second in Gibbs’ Moon Base Alpha Series, Spaced Out continues where Space Case left off. Twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson lives on the moon with his parents and little sister, Violet. While it’s cool to live on the moon, the base is the size of a soccer field, food is tasteless, and the bathrooms—well, the less said about them, the better. In this installment, Nina, the base commander, goes missing. Along with new arrival (and fellow 12-year-old) Kira Howard, Dashiell attempts to solve the moon base’s second mystery. Ages 8-12.

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