Revisiting the Night Sky: Featuring Picture Books!

The wonders of the night sky!  We love star-gazing adventures and the chance to learn more about the moon, the stars, and the galaxy.  We’ve already created a post of family adventures features star-gazing:  Book Flight: The Night Sky.

Now, it’s our pleasure to add to these resources with a trio of picture books to extend the adventure–or introduce new young readers to the awesome world of space.

The Boy and the Moon by James Christopher Carroll
Step into a world of wonder with artist extraordinaire James Carroll’s first picture book.  Pastel blues and glimmering silvers create a night-time landscape, shimmering in moonrays.  A small boy ventures out into a moonlit landscape (clad in his star-filled pj’s!).  With his many friends (including a flower, an owl, and a toad), he attempts to free the moon, which has been caught in the branches of an apple tree.  The mood of the book is dreamy and imaginative, and the boy’s ingenious solution on how to save the moon is both delightful and satisfying for young and old readers alike.

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Cosmo’s Moon by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Mark Braught

Yes, this book is about the moon and touches on how important it is for the tides, for the natural world–even for dogs to howl at.  But more than that, it is about relationships, and especially the touching one between the moon and a young boy, Cosmo.  It is a kind of ode to the moon–and to the power of relationships, as this excerpt shows: “Cosmo loved the moon. He had moon pajamas and a moon nightlight and stars and moons all over his bedroom. Every night, Cosmo’s mother and father gave him a hug and a kiss and tucked him into bed. But just as soon as they closed the bedroom door, he threw aside the covers, ran to the open window, and watched as the golden moon came into the night sky just above the sycamore tree. And as a gentle night breeze blew across the curtains, Cosmo would talk and the moon would listen.”

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G is for Galaxy:  An Out-of the-World Alphabet by Janis Campbell and Cathy Collison, illustrated by Alan Stacy

There’s always room for another good alphabet book.  This one has the wide audience range of young picture book readers–and older children who will appreciate the non-fiction fact-filled text.  Each page, in addition to an illustrated alphabetic theme, poses and answers questions such as:  What planet is 300 times heavier than Earth? Why is space the ultimate place to study? Which planet is closest to the sun and which one is the farthest? Who said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”?  Star-gazers will appreciate learning more about space to support their night sky investigations.

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