Imagine taking a stroll through your ranch: smell the fresh country air, listen to grass rustling in the wind and stare at the metallic debris of an alien craft. In July of 1947, Rancher W.W. Brazel found strange debris on his ranch about 75 miles from Roswell, New Mexico. He took some of the material to Roswell Sheriff George Wilcox. Wilcox then contacted the Roswell Army Air Field about it. The next day, July 8, a press release was issued saying that the army had recovered debris of a flying disc.
The day after, the military retracted its statement, and they said that the debris truly came from a weather balloon.
Many feel that the sudden change in story was a cover up. Witnesses claim that alien bodies had been recovered near the crash site and taken away. These rumors of extraterrestrials continue today.
75 years later, many still believe that Roswell is evidence of the existence of UFOs and aliens. The area has become a site for tourism with claims that UFOs can still be seen nearby. To celebrate this interstellar milestone, here are five alien books for kids of all ages.
Alien Abductions investigates alien abductions. The book shares stories of alien encounters, tales of famous abductions and ties to Roswell. The book balances belief and skepticism, painting an honest and eerie picture of abductions.
It's movie date night for mom and dad, and a boy and his sister are left with an otherworldly babysitter in The Babysitter From Another Planet, a tale for the youngest alien lovers. The sitter is a Mary Poppins-influenced alien who uses eyebeams to set the dinner table and cook, helps the kids with homework by making solid shapes from light and reads a bedtime story using telekinesis.
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth is the first entry of the Hilo series. D.J.'s closest friend Gina has moved away and he's missing her. D.J.'s loneliness is short lived when a strange and quirky boy named Hilo crashes to earth with no memory of who he is. Soon, Gina returns and the three become quite the team.
Klawde: In this cat-tastic pun filled book, Lord High Emperor Wyss-Kuzz of the planet Lyttyrboks is exiled and teleported to Earth after his subjects rebel against him. On arrival, Klawde needs shelter from the rain and is found and adopted by a kindred spirit, Raj, an ogre. Their tail unfolds in chapters alternating between Klawde and Raj's perspectives.
Jake is like any other 12-year-old trying to make their way through middle school and not be the Weird Kid. The problem: he is a shape-shifting blob of goo that fell to earth, and now he's trying to maintain his human form and cover. Jake becomes friends with Agnes and they bond over their shared love of comics. Together, they must save the town from the "imblobsters," goo like him that are replacing the townspeople.
Do you have a favorite alien book? Let me know in the comments!