Star light, star bright, oh so many stars to see at night. And with all those stars come so many questions from young and curious minds; what is a star?, how far away are stars?, is it really a star shape? To help you answer these and many more questions, we have put together a list of books that you can use as you explore the stars.
More Resources for Little Book Lovers
The best way to encourage a love of reading is to provide kids with many opportunities to engage with a wide variety of books that are of interest to them. That’s why we share so many books lists on Fantastic Fun and Learning. We want to make it easy for you to find great books your kids will love. Over the years we’ve also discovered some helpful tools for connecting kids and books.
Digital libraries are one very handy way to do this. Epic! is one of our favorite online libraries. It’s full of over 25,000 books, learning videos, quizzes and more for kids 12 and under…and it’s free for educators. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Book Boxes are another fun way to get kids excited about reading. What kid doesn’t love to get a special delivery in the mail?! The crew over at Bookroo finds the best little known books that you won’t already have in your library, and they send them to you each month. Take a peak inside a Bookroo Box here.
Book-Based Activities are also a lot of fun for kids. Jodie over at Growing Book by Book has saved us all a ton of time and created a full year of Book-Based Activity Calendars so that you can extend the fun with a special book each week.
Books About Stars
Nonfiction Star Books
Our Stars by Anne Rockwell
Our Stars gives readers simple information about stars. The illustrations are childlike and the facts are great for little ones that are just beginning to learn about stars.
Stars by Seymour Simon
Stars is a beautiful book filled with larger than life star photographs. This book is similar to other Seymour Simon books. The information in the book is written at a higher level, but the pictures are great for all ages.
Stargazers by Gail Gibbons
Stargazers gives readers information about stars, astronomers, and space. The book provides readers with information that can be used when introducing or learning more about stars.
Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations by C. E. Thompson
Glow-in-the-Dark Constellations is the perfect book for teaching kids how to identify stars and constellations. The book includes diagrams of constellations and information and tips on how to star gaze.
Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story by Karl Beckstrand
Bright Star, Night Star uses short poems and rhymes to share information about stars and space. The book also includes activities that parents or teachers can use with children.
Spots of Light: A Book About Stars by Dana Meachen Rau
Spots of Light is a great book for little ones to read as they learn about stars. The book includes activities that you can do with your little one as you explore the stars.
Scholastic Question & Answer: Do Stars Have Points? by Melvin Berger
This book is based around questions that are asked about stars. The illustrations are simple, and the question and answers are the main focus of the book.
Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton
Zoo in the Sky is a great book to use while learning about stars. Throughout the book readers will learn about animal constellations and other facts about space.
Fiction Star Books
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
How to Catch a Star is the story of a young boy who wants to catch a star that he can be friends with. After many failed attempts to take a star from the sky he discovers a star in the most unlikely place. The watercolor illustrations and imaginative story are one that young and old readers will enjoy.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star is a cute book that shows animal parents singing the lullaby to their children. The illustrations are very whimsical and sweet. This is a favorite in our home library.
When You Wish Upon a Star by Leigh Harline
The classic song When You Wish Upon a Star is beautifully told in this book. The illustrations are whimsical and create an imaginative world that kids will enjoy.
Stars by Mary Lyn Ray
Stars is a beautifully illustrated book that explains all the places we can see stars. Stars are not just in the sky, take a look around and you will see them. I loved how this book uses simple text and illustrations to encourage readers to take a closer look at the world around them.
What are your favorite books about stars?