Here are resources to books for kids. I have selected a nice variety of books about astronomy, telescopes and how to enjoy the Night sky
If you are looking for a star gazing or astronomy book for a child, teen, or young adult there is something that you should consider. There are two basic kinds of books.
- The first kind is the book that is about astronomy. This kind of book will have stories, history and activities. This kind of book is terrific and be very inspiring and fun.
- The second type of book is the hands-on get under the night sky kind of book . This is what you want if you want the child to have a guide to enjoying and finding things in the night sky.
I highly recommend both kinds of books and my personal library currently has 26 books that cover both areas. Most of these books actually cross over a bit and give you some information and help in both areas. Learning about the night sky and actually exploring the night sky are pretty tightly intertwined.
A note from the telescope nerd: If you are also considering buying a telescope for a child I have a great guide that will help. The Nerds Guide to Telescopes for kids
Hands on books that make a good companion to a telescope or binoculars
This is a fantastic award winning book. You get a sense for this book by reading the reviews posted to the amazon.com website. This is written by one of the best writers of the subject of astonomy and star gazing.
A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations--and How You Can Find Them in the Sky (Ages 9-12) Children eight and up will enjoy this conversational but information-packed introduction to astronomy and stargazing, which includes the achievements of the great scientists, the history of space exploration, the story of our solar system, the myths behind the constellations, and how to navigate the night sky. Whimsical color illustrations on every page and handy definitions and sidebars help engage younger readers and develop their interest. The special star wheel helps locate stars and planets from any location at any time of year.
Find the Constellations"A 'must' for public and school libraries and a wonderful book for an individual or family to own." Reading level (ages 9-12)
Astonomy, learning and activity focused books
Kids Book of the Night Sky, The (Family Fun) (Ages 9-12)
Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations (Ages 4-8)
People have always looked up at the stars in wonder, seeking patterns in the sky. This gorgeous picture book, published by the National Geographic Society, introduces children to the constellations that are named for animals--Leo the Lion, the Great Bear and Little Bear, and many more. Christina Balit's striking paintings showcase each constellation against a deep blue background--animals or fantastical beasts positioned in the dark night sky, with the individual stars, metallic and iridescent, superimposed upon them. Each image is accompanied by a short, engaging, often dramatized description of the group of stars and the legends surrounding it, written by distinguished astronomer and writer Dr. Jacqueline Mitton: "Charging through the zodiac, here comes the Bull. Head down, horns thrust forward, Taurus is ready to toss the twins. But they are safe, always on the other side of the Milky Way." The front and endpapers are star maps that show the actual constellations of both the southern and northern skies. Mitton also offers a brief introduction to the constellations and two pages of related discussion on astronomy at the book's end. A lovely choice for anyone interested in the mysteries of the night sky.
(Ages 9-12)Everything Kids' Astronomy Book: Blast into outer space with steller facts, integalatic trivia, and out-of-this-world puzzles (Everything Kids Series) Open this book and you'll find yourself on a rocket ship to another galaxy! From stars and planets to aliens and comets, The Everything Kids' Astronomy Book explores everything an astronomer-in-training could hope to discover, including:
- How galaxies like the Milky Way were built
- Why the sun's surface is 20,000 to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit
- Why the earth spins and how gravity works
- What comets and asteroids are made of and how they affect planets
- The truth about the man in the moon
- Why Mars is so hot and what those rings around Saturn are
- What scientists think about aliens and life in outer space
If you want to build a sky-watching kit or change your room into a small universe, this book will take you on a journey that is out-of-this-world!