Children's Book Chat: Starry Eyed Books for Kids

This summer, my kids dove into a little starry eyed reading. We checked out a variety of books on the subject of stars, space, nighttime, etc. Here are five of the books we really enjoyed.

Daytime Nighttime by William Low

A basic board book that answers the questions, "What are some animals you see in the daytime?" and "What are some animals you see at nighttime?" Each page has a lovely digital painting of an animal that is either seen in the day (butterflies, rabbits, puppies) or nighttime (owl, frog, fireflies). 

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlet

Orion is a little boy show is scarred of a lot of things, including the dark. One night, the dark comes to visit him and takes him on an adventure. They visit many of the things and places that make Orion scared of the dark and learn that maybe the dark isn't so scary after all. Whimsically illustrated, die-cut pages with a narrative poem style story. 

Bright Sky, Starry City by Uma Krishnaswami

A young girl and her father share a love for the stars and space. They set up a telescope near their house in the city hoping to catch Mars and Saturn appear together. But the city lights and a rainstorm threaten their adventure. Or is the rainstorm the answer to their prayers.

A lovely story with a girl interested in science and a strong father-daughter relationship. Ideal for slightly older preschoolers and early grade-schoolers. Includes more information about the night sky after the story for those interested. 

Space Encyclopedia by Christine Pulliam and Patricia Daniels

Part of the National Geographic Kids series, this book is designed for children 10+. However, my older preschooler loved looking at the pictures. We would look at the pictures and read little bits and pieces of information about the photos that interested him. This book is also fascinating for parents who want to learn a little more about the solar system but don't want to dive into a more adult academic title

When Dad Showed Me the Universe by Ulf Stark

A father wants to share something he loves, the night sky, the universe with his son. Yet the trip doesn't go quite as planned. But even in the misunderstandings and "miss steps," the beautiful gift of quality time and shared interests is given. 

While I was writing up this post, a review directed towards the parents resonated with me. It read, 
The message in the story is a great one to all parents to not overlook the small blessings when things do not go our way.
This is encouragement for those of us who keep trying to share experiences with our children even though things keep not working out as we originally hoped. Note: Stepping in dog poop is part of the story line. So if you are struggling with your child(ren) speaking of such things at appropriate times or you find stepping in dog poop disgusting, you are warned.

Have you read any of these books? Which ones are you adding to your to-read list?

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Kristen is a wife and mother who likes to pretend that she can cook, write and create. She is a little compulsive when it comes to cleaning and organizing and has an ever growing love of dark chocolate, tea and Jane Austen. But mostly, she is a woman trying to figure out how to live a life she can be proud of.