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   Wonderful books to inspire youngsters to learn about stars, planets, and constellations.
The Mysteries of the Universe - Discover the best-kept secrets of space   The Mysteries of the Universe
Discover the best-kept secrets of space

by Will Gater
224 pages, September 2020

Age Range: 7 to 9 years and up

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Description:From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page will captivate young readers as they journey through the vastness of space.

Each celestial body is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images.

Engaging storybook-style descriptions of each object allow readers to delve into myths, legends, trivia, and key discoveries about the solar system and beyond. Wonder at the rocky rings around Saturn, discover the tale behind the constellation Centaurus, and gaze at the fountains gushing from Jupiter's moon Enceladus. With reference pages packed with fascinating information, you'll go away knowing something you didn't before, and you'll return time and again.

An attractive gift for children who can't get enough of astronomy, The Mysteries of the Universe is perfect for kids to explore by themselves or for bedtime stories.

About the Author:
Will Gater is an Astronomy journalist and author. He has written for several of the UK's top Astronomy and science magazines and promotes both of these subjects with frequent appearances on television and radio, including the BBC's Sky at Night.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: This book contains awe-inspiring photos and illustrations and the space topics are broad. It aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) nicely for those grades that study space and can easily be incorporated into the classroom as supplemental reading at all levels. more»

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky -- Revised and Updated Edition   A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky
The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky

by Meredith Hamilton and David Driscoll
96 pages, Revised Edition, September 2019
Highly Recommended

Age Range: 8 to 12 years

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Description: This charming exploration of the night sky -- featuring a star finder and glow-in-the-dark stickers -- which has more than a quarter of a million young astronomers enjoying the night sky in countries around the world, is now completely revised and updated.

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky is the perfect introduction to the always fascinating world of astronomy. Children ages eight and up will find out what astronomers have learned (and are still discovering), what astronauts and scientists explore, and what they can find by gazing up into the sky at night.

Author Michael Driscoll explains how stars are born, the achievements of the great scientists, the history of space exploration, the story of our solar system, the myths behind the constellations, how to navigate the night sky, and more. Whimsical color illustrations throughout and handy definitions and sidebars help engage younger readers and develop their interest. Also included are a nifty star finder tool and fun glow-in-the-dark stickers.

Amazon.com Customer Comment: (2004 Edition) This book is full of information and includes everything you'd ever want to address with a child including constellations, the space station, planets, and even some history of astronomy. Even without the use of the telescope, this book includes great pictures of the constellations, a star map, and things I would never have thought to teach without seeing it in this book. more»

Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes   Little Kids First Big Book of Space
by Catherine D. Hughes
128 pages, October 2012

Age Range: 4 to 8 years

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Description: This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.

  • Chapters include:
  • Chapter 1 focuses on the Earth, moon, and sun.
  • Chapter 2 introduces kids to the other planets in our solar system.
  • Chapter 3 explains other objects in our solar system, such as dwarf planets, comets, and asteroid belts.
  • Chapter 4 voyages even farther afield, touching on concepts such as the universe, the Milky Way, stars, galaxies, and black holes.
  • The last chapter delves into space exploration: humans on the moon, spaceships, the International Space Station, etc.
  • Amazon.com Customer Comment: Got this for my 6 year old daughter after introducing her to the tv show the Magic School Bus because she was extremely excited by the idea of space and our solar system. She absolutely LOVES it! more»

    The Zoo in the Sky by Jacqueline Mitton   Zoo in the Sky
    A Book of Animal Constellations

    by Jacqueline Mitton, Christina Balit, and Wil Tirion
    32 pages, October 2006

    Age Range: 6 to 9 years

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    Description: A gorgeous picture book published by the National Geographic Society that introduces children to the constellations that are named for animals -- Leo the Lion, the Great Bear and Little Bear, and many more. Beautifully illustrated this brightly colored book is sure to captivate its young readers. Also contains a discussion on Astronomy by Dr Jacqueline Mitton and two all-sky star charts by Wil Tirion showing the constellations of the northern and southern hemispheres.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This is an awesome book for introducing constellations and teaching about the different stars. I would definitely recommend for any kiddos that have an interest in the sky! more»

    Star Stories by Anita Ganeri and Andy Wilx   Star Stories
    Constellation Tales From Around the World

    by Anita Ganeri and Andy Wilx (illustrator)
    96 pages, July 2019

    Age Range: 8 to 11 years

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    Description: Share the wonder of the stars with this delightful storybook collection featuring constellation myths from around the world.

    For thousands of years people have looked up to the night sky and told stories about the stars. These epic tales tell of vengeful gods and goddesses, of monsters and heroes. Others try to make sense of the natural world, or unravel the mysterious forces of the universe. This stunning book brings together 23 of these legends from all over the world: from Ancient Greece to North America, Egypt, China, India, and the South Pacific. Written by award-winning author Anita Ganeri and with beautifully detailed artwork by illustrator Andy Wilx, this is a magical book to be treasured for generations to come.

    Reviewer's Comment: This beautiful book brings together legends from around the world that relate to constellations. There are stories about Heracles, Pegasus, Taurus, The Big Dipper and Orion. Each is just a few pages long but had enough information to be interesting to both adults and children. The illustrations are striking, in predominantly gold and warm colours, some of them covering whole pages, and some dotted around the text, so there is plenty to catch the eye. more»

    Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky by Howard Schneider   Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Night Sky
    Find Adventure! Go Outside! Have Fun! Be a Backyard Stargazer!

    by Howard Schneider
    160 pages, October 2016

    Age Range: 8 to 12 years

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    Description: This fun, photo-filled, fact-packed night sky guide will encourage kids to stop and look up to spot stars and planets right from their own backyards. From Mars to meteor showers, Scorpius to satellites, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot these space-dwelling phenomena in the night sky at any time of year. With tons of info and interactivity prompts, it's the perfect companion for backyard or field trips, camping or vacation. Durable and portable, it's just right for your pocket or backpack!

    A National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer Field Guide.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This is a good first book for the little sky-watcher in your life. The pages are very eye-catching to hold their attention, with lots of good scientific information to nurture their interest in the night sky. more»

    Astronomy for Kids by Bruce Betts   Astronomy for Kids
    How to Explore Outer Space with Binoculars, a Telescope, or Just Your Eyes!

    by Dr Bruce Betts
    168 pages, November 2018
    Highly Recommended

    Age Range: 7 to 13 years

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    Description: "No matter how many times you've orbited the Sun, Astronomy for Kids is really for kids of all ages. Dr. Betts shows you how to become an astronomer -- an observer of the stars. With this book, you can know the cosmos and your place within it. Read on, walk out, and look up!" -- Bill Nye, science educator, author, and CEO of The Planetary Society.

    One of the coolest things about outer space is that anyone can explore it. All you have to do is go outside and look up! Using plain sight, binoculars, or a small telescope, Astronomy for Kids shows stargazers how easy it is to explore space, just by stepping outside.

    With this book as their guide to the northern hemisphere, kids will learn to find and name amazing objects in the night sky. Fully illustrated with fun facts throughout, kids can point out sights to friends and family, saying things like, "that's Jupiter," and, "those stars are the constellation Cygnus the Swan," and maybe even, "that group of stars doesn't have a name but I think it looks like my dog getting belly rubs."

    From the Milky Way Galaxy to Mars to the Moon's craters and mountains -- Astronomy for Kids helps young astronomers discover important parts of our solar system, with:

  • 30 sights for the naked eye (yes, 30!) objects to see without any equipment, including Orion's Belt, the Big Dipper, Mars, and even the International Space Station.
  • 25 sights magnified with binoculars or a basic telescope to make objects in the sky easier to find and explore. Plus, buying tips and usage tricks to get the most out of astronomy equipment.
  • Clear illustrations that show kids where to look and what they can expect to see.
  • Like all big things, outer space is something you have to see to believe. Astronomy for Kids teaches kids that planets, shooting stars, constellations, and meteor showers are not only in books?but right above them.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I bought this for my niece for her 6th birthday and she absolutely loves it. She regularly has her 9 year old brother go through the book with her. Very well written and easy to understand for young kids. more»

    50 Things To See With A Telescope -- Kids by John Read   50 Things To See With A Telescope -- Kids and Parents, Too!
    A Constellation Focused Approach

    by John A Read
    72 pages, July 2017

    Age Range: 7 to 12 years

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    Description: From the author of the bestselling book 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope, this colorful edition explores the constellations with young readers, guiding them to dozens of galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Every page features a helpful "telescope view", showing exactly how objects appear through a small telescope or binoculars. While a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, John Read taught thousands of students how to use telescopes and explore the night sky. Now, he's sharing this knowledge with you! Even without a telescope, this introduction to the night sky is essential for every child's collection.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: I really like this book; I would actually suggest getting this one instead of the "small telescope" volume by the same author, even if you don't have kids. It takes a great approach of showing a naked-eye constellation or asterism which will promote familiarity with the night sky... more»

    Seeing Stars -A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations by Sara Gillingham   Seeing Stars
    A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations

    by Sara Gillingham
    216 pages, November 2018

    Age Range: 8 to 11 years

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    Description: A graphically stunning, comprehensive introduction to the constellations. This artful and accessible introduction to constellations equips readers with the information they need to locate, name, and explain all 88 internationally recognized constellations. Each cluster of stars is featured alongside the "story" (mythological or historical) behind its naming, tips on how to find it, what times of year it is visible, and key stars and asterisms within its grouping.

    Complete with star maps and a glossary, this keepsake volume of visual reference and beauty is perfect for inquisitive young stargazers. Colors are brighter than they appear -- printed in pure Pantones. Book jacket features foil stamping and laser-cut pinholes.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Absolutely beautiful book. Bought this to introduce my granddaughter to the constellations. Could not imagine a better choice. And at this price, one for her house, one for mine. Thank you!! more»

    Star Finder! A Step-By-Step-Guide to the Niht Sky by DK Publishing   Star Finder!
    A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky

    by DK Publishing
    128 pages, October 2017

    Age Range: 8 to 12 years

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    Description: From Orion to the Pleiades and Cassiopeia to Aries, this simple guide to star-hopping will takes kids on an exciting journey around the night sky's most famous constellations.

    Budding astronomers will love this stunning, new approach to stargazing, featuring step-by-step guides to identifying more than 20 constellations across the northern hemisphere, and making the night sky easier to navigate than ever before. From the constellations of the Zodiac to our very own Milky Way, kids can learn the learn the fascinating stories behind each constellation and learn to spot some of the stunning planets, galaxies, and nebulas in our universe. Four paths across the sky will lead readers from one constellation to the next, gradually building upon their knowledge.

    StarFinder! comes complete with a glow-in-the dark star finder, perfect for budding stargazers to practice their new knowledge under the night sky.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: From the product description it sounds like it was meant for younger readers, but it is perfect for nerds of any age who would like a practical guide to locating constellations. more»

    Find the Constellations by Hans Augusto Rey   Find the Constellations
    A New Way to See Them

    by Hans Augusto Rey
    72 pages, December 2016
    Highly Recommended

    Age Range: 10 to 12 years

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    A delightfully illustrated, informative beginner's guide to locating and identifying constellations in the northern hemisphere, with an extensive index, glossary, and time table for sky viewing. A truly wonderful book for an individual or family to own.

    This updated version includes quizzes, timetables, a sky chart, and chapters on the solar system and space travel. The sections on the solar system, including information on dwarf planets, have been revised, and the planet finder chart includes locations through the year 2026. Plus, a new online planet locator to help find the exact positions of all the planets through 2100!

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: The only book to learn the constellations. No other book will ever come close! As a Second mate, this book was invaluable as all the major navigational stars are shown in a very fun way. The illustrations are unmatched especially the little figure who points out the major details. more»

    The Stars by Hans Augusto Rey   The Stars
    A New Way to See Them

    by Hans Augusto Rey
    160 pages, December 2016

    Age Range: 12 years and up

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    Description: A classic! Widely recognized as one of the best books for learning the constellations. Written in a unique, simple style that is suitable for young and older stargazers alike. Contains many wonderful illustrations to help teach the novice stargazer about the night sky. Also contains a collection of simple star charts for year round use.

    This updated version includes revised facts and figures for planets, and new scientific information has been added. Charts indicate planet locations through the year 2026 and a website for finding locations well into the twenty-first century has been provided.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This is my all-time favorite book from my youth. I have many, many memories of me and my dad spending hours up on the roof at night, looking at this book through our red-painted flashlight, naming the stars and tracing the constellations. more»

    What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid   What We See in the Stars
    An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

    by Kelsey Oseid
    160 pages, 1st Edition, September 2017
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: A richly illustrated guide to the myths, histories, and science of the celestial bodies of our solar system, with stories and information about constellations, planets, comets, the northern lights, and more.

    Combining art, mythology, and science, What We See in the Stars gives readers a tour of the night sky through more than 100 magical pieces of original art, all accompanied by text that weaves related legends and lore with scientific facts. This beautifully packaged book covers the night sky's most brilliant features -- such as the constellations, the moon, the bright stars, and the visible planets -- as well as less familiar celestial phenomena like the outer planets, nebulae, and deep space. Adults seeking to recapture the magic of youthful stargazing, younger readers interested in learning about natural history and outer space, and those who appreciate beautiful, hand-painted art will all delight in this charming book.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: Extremely beautiful artwork and great, simple explanations of interesting and complicated astro topics. It's a real joy to read and we can't wait to give copies as gifts to our friends. Get the hard copy! more»

      50 Things to See with a Telescope
    A Young Stargazer's Guide

    by John A. Read
    72 pages, August 2018
    Level: Beginner

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    Description: This book explains everything needed to jumpstart a journey in Astronomy. Readers will learn how to identify constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Inquisitive stargazers will find planet hunting and star hopping easy with clearly plotted routes. Colorful images of the sky both as seen by the naked eye and detailed views from a telescope will aid in exploration. Many fascinating cosmic objects can be easily spotted with the help of this book including beautiful Cassiopeia, regal Leo, the plentiful Kemble's Cascade, the explosive Crab Nebula, and the rings of Saturn!

    This easy to read, illustrated reference book will enrich every young person's experience of the skies above.

    About the Author: John A. Read volunteered at hundreds of stargazing events as a member of the Mount Diablo Astronomical Society in California, teaching people of all ages how to use a telescope and find objects in the sky. John is a telescope at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory and a board member at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Amazon.com Customer Comment: This book was our savior: it's simple and objective, with the essential information for a beginner to perform their first steps stargazing. The perfect companion for our first telescope. more»

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