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Best Astronomy Books for Kids

The Big Dipper

by Franklyn M. Branley, Collins, 1991.

A member of the Let’s Read and Find Out Science series, young children learn about the famous constellation and how to locate it at any time of year.

Faces of the Moon

by Bob Crelin, Charlesbridge Publishing, 2009.

This book describes the phases of the moon first in poetic rhyming and then in factual prose.

The Sun is My Favorite Star

by Frank Asch, Sandpiper, 2008.

This book combines scientific observations of the sun with whimsical descriptions that make it easy and fun to read.

There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars

by Bob Crelin, Sky Publishing, 2007.

With a portion of proceeds going to the International Dark Sky Association, this charming story is designed to discuss light pollution’s negative effect on the night sky and how to fix it.

Zoo in the Sky

by Jacqueline Mitton, National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006.

Beautiful paintings accompany the stories and myths that surround the constellations named for animals such as Leo the Lion and Taurus the Bull.

Can’t get enough astronomy? Visit a local planetarium or try one of these fun astronomy activities for families.