For weeks now, ever since I made the Star Gazing Discovery Bottles for my monthly post on Pre-K Pages, the girls have been full of questions and fascinated by stars. Now that preschool is out for the summer, studying stars was at the top of their request list. To kick things off, here are 12 books about stars for kids, space, the night sky and constellations!
12 Books About the Night Sky and Stars for Kids
Books about Stars
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee
Explore all the places you may see stars – from the night sky to other natural occurrences of stars in nature. Where will you see a star today?
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
A young stargazer wants to catch a star of his own… but is disappointed when they don’t just fall from the sky. Where else might he find a star on Earth? From the same illustrator as the best-selling, The Day the Crayons Quit.
Our Stars by Anne Rockwell
A simple introduction to stars and the night sky. Perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and early readers!
Books about Constellations
Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations by CE Thompson
This book started my own fascination with the night sky nearly 30 years ago! I remember taking it to bed at night to see each page glow in the dark, and on a summer day camp outing to go star-gazing. A great activity for throwback summer fun!
The Big Dipper by Franklyn M. Branley
Learn how to find the most recognizable constellation in the night sky, the Big Dipper, and its companion, Little Dipper, in this simple introduction to constellations.
Stars! Stars! Stars! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
A great introduction to stars, constellations and includes a fun list of inspired activities to extend your encourage your study of the stars.
Zoo in the Sky by Jaqueline Mitton
Learn about the animals that live in the night sky in this award winning book from National Geographic!
Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey
Explore the night sky during all seasons with this awesome guide from the author and illustrator of Curious George! Features illustrations and guides for the sky across all 4 seasons, and directions to locate constellations, and the stories behind them.
Books About Space
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
What adventures occur when you fly to space and make an emergency landing on Mars. Who will you meet and what might you learn from them? From the same illustrator as The Day the Crayons Quit, and same author as How to Catch a Star.
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
A fanciful tale of one father’s quest to fulfill his little girl’s dream. How far away is the moon and how does it change from night to night?
Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes
We fell in love with the National Geographic Kids series while growing our own butterflies and reading Caterpillar to Butterfly. Now, anytime we start to explore a new science topic, Big M (4) will ask me if there’s a National Geographic book. These First Big Books are great, sharing scientific facts even grown-ups will appreciate, with vivid illustrations and easy words for reading aloud or early readers to read independently.
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole
I can’t be the only one who was a HUGE Ms. Frizzle fan as a kid… and since the books celebrated their 20th anniversary a few years back, you can now get them all in paperback too.
Want to join in all our Stars for Kids Fun?
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing our study of the stars, astronomy, constellations and space. If you would like to join in our fun, in addition to the books above, we will also be using the supplies below, as well as a few household items and recyclables. There will also be a few printables shared, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get instant access to all our FREE printables.
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the complete Studying Stars for Kids series. You might also like my Art History for Preschool and Architecture and Engineering for Kids series too. You can find all our Stars and Space fun on my STEM for Kids – Science board on Pinterest, along with more favorites from around the web!