The British series called "Do You Know About." were very colorful. Also known as the "Collins Pageant of Knowledge Series" they seem equivalent to the the American How & Why series, covering all sorts of scientific topics.
Allward, Maurice. Illustrated by Teece, I. Do You Know about Space Flight. London : WM Collins Sons and Co. (48 p.) 25 cm.
A basic book about space flight covering the history of rockets, rocket theory, how satellites work, current manned missions, and future expeditions. It has paintings of satellites, the Dyna-Soar glider in space, a manned landing on the Moon, a Moon rover and a manned landing on Mars. Also found in softcover. "Pageant of Knowledge" series.
Because so many of the paintings are worth sharing I will break this post up into two parts.
A two page lesson in space history up to that point.
A nice series of pictures about the Discoverer 13 spy satellite.
One of the biggest hopes of astronomers was an orbiting space telescope.