May We Suggest? This post contains recommendations from a CPL librarian. To get your own customized recommendation, just fill out the May We Suggest form — you can expect results within 10 days. All suggestions can be found on the May We Suggest blog or by liking May We Suggest on facebook.

If You Liked Luciana Vega, Try...


If you enjoyed reading about Luciana Vega, the American Girl character who goes to Space Camp, you might be interested in these titles.



I love you, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

In 1969, as her own family is falling apart, ten-year-old Mamie finds comfort in conducting a one-sided correspondence with the least famous astronaut heading toward the moon on Apollo 11.

New friends and a mystery help Aven, thirteen, adjust to middle school and life at a dying western theme park in a new state, where her being born armless presents many challenges.

Life on Mars by Jennifer Brown

Twelve-year-old Arcturus Betelgeuse Chambers' quest to find life on other planets seems at an end when his parents decide to move to Las Vegas, but while they look for a house he stays with his neighbor, an astronaut who soon becomes a friend.

Last day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

While waiting to leave Mars before it burns up just like the Earth before it, Liam and his friend Phoebe discover some facts about time and space and realize that the human race is just one of the races trying to survive in space.

Mars evacuees by Sophia McDougall

Twelve-year-old Alice Dare is one of 300 seven- to sixteen-year-olds evacuated to Mars to attend school and train as soldiers, safe from the war with Earth's invading aliens, the Morrors, but when all of the adults and robots mysteriously disappear, the youths must survive on their own.

When her mother is abducted by aliens on Christmas Eve (or "Smekday" Eve since the Boov invasion), 11 year-old Tip hops in the family car and heads south to find her and meets an alien Boov mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet from disaster.

Love, Ish by Karen Rivers

Twelve-year-old Mischa "Ish" Love's longtime dream has been to someday live on Mars, but when she collapses on the first day of seventh grade, Ish receives a diagnosis which threatens her future plans.

The countdown conspiracy by Katie Slivensky

When six kids from around the globe are chosen for a mission to Mars, people protest that Miranda was only selected because she's American, and when the training base is attacked, it is up to her to save herself and her friends.

CatStronauts : race to Mars by Drew Brockington

With national pride and valuable scientific research on the line, the CatStronauts race against the CosmoCats and others to be the first cats to Mars.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero.Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don't even faze her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita's quest.


Exploring Mars by Nick Christopher

Scientists have spent a lot of time exploring Mars, so it s one of the planets we know the most about. They believe it used to look a lot like Earth, with oceans and lakes on its surface. Today, it s cold and rocky. Through clear diagrams and vivid photographs, readers explore the surface of Mars. Fun facts that supplement this common science curriculum topic allow readers to feel like space explorers, learning exciting new things about the Red Planet.

Discusses some of the information sent back from "Curiosity," the Mars Rover, including pictures of the Martian landscape, traces of water in Martian soil, and the key chemicals necessary for life.

For centuries, humans have looked up at the night sky and wondered what it's like deep in space, far from Earth -- and now we've begun to find out. We've landed on the moon, put robots on Mars, and sent space probes billions of miles to explore the far reaches of our solar system. Here is the enthralling story of how we made the great leap into space and what we've discovered there. 

Astronaut in training by Kathryn Clay

Want to go to space? Before launch, you've got some work to do! Find out what scuba diving, medical skills, and survival training all have to do with being an astronaut. Then it's 3-2-1 lift off!

Astronaut handbook by Meghan McCarthy

DO YOU HAVE what it takes to be an astronaut? Take a ride on the "Vomit Comet" and learn how it feels to be weightless. Have your measurements taken--100 to be exact--for your very own space suit. A simple, cartoonish look at what goes into becoming an astronaut.

Everything robotics by Jennifer Swanson

Introduces readers to robots and robotics, from how they were developed and the materials used to create them to the jobs they are tasked with and where the field of robotics is heading.

An astronaut-themed collection of simple recipes for kids, featuring illustrated, step-by-step instructions for Flying Saucers, Moon Rock Salad, and other treats.

Women in Space profiles 23 pioneers, including Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle; Peggy Whitson, who logged more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station; and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space; as well as astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, France, and more. Their story, and the stories of the pilots, physicists, and doctors who followed them, demonstrate the vital role women have played in the quest for scientific understanding.

What does it take to be an astronaut? When America created NASA in 1958, the first requirement was that you had to be a man. Here is the tale of thirteen women who proved that they were not only as tough as the toughest man but also brave enough to challenge the government. Almost Astronauts is the story of thirteen true pioneers of the space age.


A biography of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon who helped develop the system for classifying the temperature of stars.

A picture book biography of oceanographer Sylvia Earle, discussing her childhood along the Gulf of Mexico, her passion for the environment, and her experiences in ocean exploration.

Astronaut Mae Jemison by Allison Lassieur

Chronicles the life and career of the astronaut who was the first African American woman in space.

Katherine Johnson by Thea Feldman

Details the life and career of the brilliant mathematician who worked at NASA and helped plan the trajectories for the Mercury and Apollo missions, including the one that landed a man on the moon.

An illustrated portrait of astronomer Henrietta Swan Leavitt traces the years she spent measuring stars from her position at the Harvard College Observatory and her important discoveries that enabled the scientific community to gain a fuller understanding of the universe's vast size.

Newbery-Honor winning author Joyce Sidman explores the extraordinary life and scientific discoveries of Maria Merian, who discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented the science behind the mystery in this visual biography that features many original paintings by Maria herself.

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa by Heather E Schwartz

This inspiring, STEM-focused biography describes the life and influential work of Ellen Ochoa, the first female Hispanic astronaut to go to space.

Sally Ride was a real-life explorer and adventurer whose life story is a true inspiration for all those who dream big. From Sally Ride's youth to her many groundbreaking achievements in space and beyond, her story is one of not only a pioneering astronaut, but a leader and explorer whose life, as President Barack Obama said, "demonstrates that the sky is no limit for those who dream of reaching for the stars."

Kathy Sullivan wanted to go everywhere. She loved blueprints and maps. She loved languages and the ocean. She wanted to explore and do exciting things that girls weren't supposed to be able to do. She followed her heart and eventually became a NASA astronaut and the first woman to walk in space. Kathy wanted to see the whole world and so she did: from space!

Presents the life of the scientist responsible for the first map of the ocean floor, describing her experiences with sexism and her pioneering work which led to the confirmation of the theory of continental drift.