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“Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight; I wish I may, I wish I might…” find the best books about stars, so bright!

No need to wish upon a star any longer, the list of the best children’s books about stars is here and ready for your enjoyment! Learn about the constellations, read star-based stories, and delight in the night’s sky with these top picks.

Top 10 Books About Stars

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Touch the Brightest Star
Written & illustrated by Christie Matheson
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I absolutely love this bedtime book. I love the interactive elements of touching the book, closing your eyes, etc. to help make the "changes" in the illustrations on the next pages. So sweet to start with the sunset and go through the things that show it's time for bed in nature. Love the illustrations, too! One of my favorites.
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
This interactive bedtime story proves nighttime isn't scary at all. The gentle journey from sunset to sunrise shows even the youngest children the magic of the nighttime sky—and lets them make magic happen! A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree. This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.
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Dream Away
Written by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupiano & illustrated by Robert Goldstrom
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
Dream Away is one of my very favorite picture books. The beautiful rhyming books is not overworked and the rhymes flow nicely from one page to the next. The book captures this wonderful idea of a father reading a bedtime story to his son as the son slowly drifts off into sleep among the stars, where he sees a bunny, an archer, and a dragon, each representative of some of the popular constellations. Through their flight on a large paper boat, the boy and his father encounter all sorts of interesting things in the sky, and it isn't until the end that you learn that many of these objects sit as toys on the chair, the dresser, the floor. The illustrations are inventive and sweet, and I think the whole book just blends very nicely.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Dream away, dream away, sleepyhead, love Set sail for the ocean of stars up above. You be the captain and I'll be your mate. We'll journey together, the heavens await. From author Julia Durango and new illustrator Robert Goldstrom, a story of the dreams that are possible as you drift to sleep. A father and son venture into a dream and encounter some new and familiar faces and along the way discover the possibilities the universe can hold. Accompanied by Robert Goldstrom's sweeping paintings, Dream Away is the perfect combination of dreams and reality.
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How to Catch a Star
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
How to Catch a Star is a delightful book about a little, unnamed boy who dreams of--you guessed it--catching a star. The book has some great humor, for example, the wishful boy thinks of using his rocket, but that wouldn't work because "it ran out of petrol last Tuesday when he flew to the moon." The boy catches a star in the end, but it's not what readers might expect. I think it's particularly interesting that the boy's name is never given, but that allows readers to substitute their own name into the story--not a bad thing at all.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a story about wishing, persevering, and reaching for the stars. Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be. Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.
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There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.
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Always Neverland
Written by Zoe Barton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Move over, Wendy Darling. There's a new girl in Neverland! Swimming with mermaids, fighting off pirates, and befriending Tiger Lily is all Ashley can think about when she finds Peter Pan in her room one night. With a pinch of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, she follows him all the way to Neverland. But Ashley's plans for adventure are thwarted when Peter and the Lost Boys expect her to be the new "Wendy girl" and help with the spring cleaning. Spring cleaning? This is not what Ashley has in mind! Will Ashley win them over?
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Light Up the Stars!
Written & illustrated by Gabriele Clima
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Paint the sky with rainbows and make the stars shine with this novelty board book! Kids just pull the tabs to make colorful flowers bloom, help a ship sail the ocean, and light up an entire city. At the end, you can shut a boy's eyes to put him to sleep at night . . . and wake him in the morning. It's magical!
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Stars
Written by Mary Lyn Ray & illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Celebrate all of the glittering stars in the sky in this tender Classic Board Book by acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee! A star is how you know it’s almost night. As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another. And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark. What if you could have a star? Look very closely in this lovely Classic Board Book for all kinds of stars both near and far…because stars are everywhere. Not just in the sky.
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The Star Thief
Written by Lindsey Becker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The constellations come to life in this imaginative fantasy adventure debut. Honorine's life as a maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia's study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night.... Suddenly, Honorine is whisked into the middle of a battle between the crew of a spectacular steamship and a band of mythical constellations. The stars in the sky have come to life to defend themselves against those who want to harness their powers. Much to her surprise, Honorine is the crux of it all, the center of an epic clash between magic and science, the old ways and the new. But can this spirited young girl bring both sides of a larger-than-life fight together before they unleash an evil power even older than the stars?
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by & illustrated by Sylvia Long
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
The illustrations to this classic nursery rhyme are pretty and dreamy, and I love that it shows all the animals getting ready for bed. :)
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-15
In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.
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Ten Wishing Stars
Written by & illustrated by Kate Stone
Thoughts from The Goodfather
This is a clever take on counting sheep before bedtime and wishing upon a star. The rhymes are original, and the wishes of the sheep are sure to make your little reader smile as she or he enjoys this bedtime tale.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Star light, star bright…these wishing sheep will light up your night! Fluff up your pillow and turn down the lights. Counting sheep has never been so illuminating. Count down to bedtime with ten dreamy sheep as they each make a wish on a glow-in-the-dark star. A perfect book to read by nightlight!
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Books About Stars and Bedtime And Dreams

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Dream Away
Written by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupiano & illustrated by Robert Goldstrom
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
Dream Away is one of my very favorite picture books. The beautiful rhyming books is not overworked and the rhymes flow nicely from one page to the next. The book captures this wonderful idea of a father reading a bedtime story to his son as the son slowly drifts off into sleep among the stars, where he sees a bunny, an archer, and a dragon, each representative of some of the popular constellations. Through their flight on a large paper boat, the boy and his father encounter all sorts of interesting things in the sky, and it isn't until the end that you learn that many of these objects sit as toys on the chair, the dresser, the floor. The illustrations are inventive and sweet, and I think the whole book just blends very nicely.
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Recommend Ages: 3-5
Dream away, dream away, sleepyhead, love Set sail for the ocean of stars up above. You be the captain and I'll be your mate. We'll journey together, the heavens await. From author Julia Durango and new illustrator Robert Goldstrom, a story of the dreams that are possible as you drift to sleep. A father and son venture into a dream and encounter some new and familiar faces and along the way discover the possibilities the universe can hold. Accompanied by Robert Goldstrom's sweeping paintings, Dream Away is the perfect combination of dreams and reality.
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Light Up the Stars!
Written & illustrated by Gabriele Clima
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Paint the sky with rainbows and make the stars shine with this novelty board book! Kids just pull the tabs to make colorful flowers bloom, help a ship sail the ocean, and light up an entire city. At the end, you can shut a boy's eyes to put him to sleep at night . . . and wake him in the morning. It's magical!
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by & illustrated by Sylvia Long
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
The illustrations to this classic nursery rhyme are pretty and dreamy, and I love that it shows all the animals getting ready for bed. :)
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-15
In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.
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Little Owl's Bedtime book
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The Lost Star book
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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me book
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Little Penguin Stays Awake book
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  1. Little Owl's Bedtime - With a rhyming text that rolls off the tongue accompanied by beautiful illustrations, this book follows Little Owl on a magical night filled with shooting stars. As other animals settle down to sleep, Little Owl swoops around the sky, blowing out the stars to make way for the arrival of the sun and a new morning. When the other animals stir from their beds, it’s time for Little Owl to fly home to get some sleep.

  2. The Lost Star - What happens when a star falls to earth . . . and doesn’t know how to get back home? A magical, mysterious story that’s perfect for bedtime. One night, when the moon is shining and a dormouse is having fun with the fireflies, she spots a gentle glow in the woods. The light comes from a golden star that has fallen to Earth and needs to get back home. Dormouse and her woodland friends do their best to help the star return to the sky, but one by one they fail . . . and the star grows paler and paler. Will the mysterious Frog finally succeed? Filled with atmospheric illustrations and soothing, dreamlike text, this heartwarming picture book will enchant children.

  3. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me - Monica wants the moon to play with, so her Papa sets out to get it. It isn’t easy to climb to the moon, but he finally succeeds — only to find the moon is too big to carry home. Children will love the joyful way in which this problem is solved. Now available as a Classic Board Book edition, this delightful story literally unfolds as pages open dramatically, extending both outward and upward.

  4. Little Penguin Stays Awake - A charming companion to Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups and Little Penguin and the Lollipop, Little Penguin Stays Awake is a funny bedtime tale that invites the reader to jump in and play along. Little Penguin has one wish—he wants to fly just like all the other birds! All he has to do is wish on a shooting star, but penguins have VERY EARLY BEDTIMES! Little Penguin has tried everything he can to stay up extra late—but it’s not working. Can YOU help him stay awake?

Books About Stars and Bedtime

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Ten Wishing Stars
Written by & illustrated by Kate Stone
Thoughts from The Goodfather
This is a clever take on counting sheep before bedtime and wishing upon a star. The rhymes are original, and the wishes of the sheep are sure to make your little reader smile as she or he enjoys this bedtime tale.
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Star light, star bright…these wishing sheep will light up your night! Fluff up your pillow and turn down the lights. Counting sheep has never been so illuminating. Count down to bedtime with ten dreamy sheep as they each make a wish on a glow-in-the-dark star. A perfect book to read by nightlight!
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Touch the Brightest Star
Written & illustrated by Christie Matheson
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm
I absolutely love this bedtime book. I love the interactive elements of touching the book, closing your eyes, etc. to help make the "changes" in the illustrations on the next pages. So sweet to start with the sunset and go through the things that show it's time for bed in nature. Love the illustrations, too! One of my favorites.
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
This interactive bedtime story proves nighttime isn't scary at all. The gentle journey from sunset to sunrise shows even the youngest children the magic of the nighttime sky—and lets them make magic happen! A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree. This board book edition is the perfect size for little hands.
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Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Star
Written by Justin Krasner & illustrated by Emma Yarlett
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Take an interactive journey through the night sky in an innovative, tactile board book, a special book that engages three senses--seeing, touching, and hearing. With its gorgeous, full-spread illustrations of constellations and beloved bedtime lullaby reimagined, Crinkle, Crinkle, Little Star is the perfect book to rock babies to sleep. Here's Taurus the bull, strong and fast. Cetus the whale, waving a mighty tail. Orion, with bow and arrow in hand. Babies can trace the imaginary lines that turn random stars into ancient constellations--and, in a special treat, create a crinkling sound by tracing the channel of shimmery material underneath the last illustration in the book. That same mysterious, compelling crinkling sound persists when baby and parents hold the book and rub the crinkly material on the back cover.
Honorable Mentions
Starry Skies book
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Star Light, Star Bright book
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Twinkle,  Twinkle,  Little  Star book
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  1. Starry Skies - Every night, the sky is filled with stars that tell a thousand tales. Brave warriors, regal queens, fierce beasts — they all parade across the starry skies each night. In Starry Skies you’ll discover some of the most famous constellations and learn how to find them in the night sky. With brilliant illustrations by Nila Aye, you will see the shapes of each constellation, and imagine what they might look like when you look up into the dark sky above. This introduction to astronomy is all you need to start learning about stars, so get ready, star hunters, and look to the skies!

  2. Star Light, Star Bright - Star light, star bright, I love to tuck you in ant night; I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. Send your child off to magical dreams with these wonderful wishes every parent hopes are granted for their little one.Keywords:Re-Versed RhymesLexile: 760LGRL: J

  3. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - Board Book edition. In this expanded version of the favorite nursery rhyme, Iza Trapani takes the earliest readers on a journey across the night sky. With playful verse and bright illustrations Iza Trapani introduces us to our irresistible young heroine as she wishes upon a mischievous, twinkling star. Granting her wish, the little star takes her on a dazzling and daring trip among swirling planets and beaming stars for one magical night. This new spin on the much-loved classic is a wonderful gift for even the littlest stargazers.

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Books About Stars and Action And Adventure

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Always Neverland
Written by Zoe Barton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
Move over, Wendy Darling. There's a new girl in Neverland! Swimming with mermaids, fighting off pirates, and befriending Tiger Lily is all Ashley can think about when she finds Peter Pan in her room one night. With a pinch of fairy dust and a few happy thoughts, she follows him all the way to Neverland. But Ashley's plans for adventure are thwarted when Peter and the Lost Boys expect her to be the new "Wendy girl" and help with the spring cleaning. Spring cleaning? This is not what Ashley has in mind! Will Ashley win them over?
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The Star Thief
Written by Lindsey Becker
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
The constellations come to life in this imaginative fantasy adventure debut. Honorine's life as a maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia's study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night.... Suddenly, Honorine is whisked into the middle of a battle between the crew of a spectacular steamship and a band of mythical constellations. The stars in the sky have come to life to defend themselves against those who want to harness their powers. Much to her surprise, Honorine is the crux of it all, the center of an epic clash between magic and science, the old ways and the new. But can this spirited young girl bring both sides of a larger-than-life fight together before they unleash an evil power even older than the stars?
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Peter Pan
Written & illustrated by J.M. Barrie
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
One starry night, Peter Pan and Tinker Bell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland – the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…
Honorable Mentions
Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos book
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The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System book
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  1. Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos - For every child who has ever looked up at the stars and asked, “What are they?” comes the story of a curious boy who never stopped wondering: Carl Sagan. When Carl Sagan was a young boy he went to the 1939 World’s Fair and his life was changed forever. From that day on he never stopped marveling at the universe and seeking to understand it better. Star Stuff follows Carl from his days star gazing from the bedroom window of his Brooklyn apartment, through his love of speculative science fiction novels, to his work as an internationally renowned scientist who worked on the Voyager missions exploring the farthest reaches of space. This book introduces the beloved man who brought the mystery of the cosmos into homes across America to a new generation of dreamers and star gazers.

  2. The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System - On a special field trip in the magic school bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class goes into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system.

Books About Stars and Friendship

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How to Catch a Star
Written & illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Thoughts from Lemony Snickers
How to Catch a Star is a delightful book about a little, unnamed boy who dreams of--you guessed it--catching a star. The book has some great humor, for example, the wishful boy thinks of using his rocket, but that wouldn't work because "it ran out of petrol last Tuesday when he flew to the moon." The boy catches a star in the end, but it's not what readers might expect. I think it's particularly interesting that the boy's name is never given, but that allows readers to substitute their own name into the story--not a bad thing at all.
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes a story about wishing, persevering, and reaching for the stars. Once there was a boy, and that boy loved stars very much. So much so that he decided to catch one of his very own. But how? Waiting for them to grow tired from being up in the sky all night doesn’t work. Climbing to the top of the tallest tree? No, not tall enough. The boy has a rocket ship . . . but it is made of paper and doesn’t fly well at all. Finally, just when the boy is ready to give up, he learns that sometimes things aren’t where, or what, we expect them to be. Oliver Jeffers offers a simple, childlike tale of reaching for the stars, and emerging with a friend.
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Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star
Written & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
Have you ever wanted your very own star? Wouldn't it be wonderful to have your own star for a nightlight? It is this thought that begins Hopper and Wilson's second adventure. They fill their airplane with lemonade and soar into the night sky. So many stars to choose from! One is too pointy. One is too heavy. Another is too bright! Taking a break on the moon, the two friends look directly above and spot it—the perfect star! As Hopper lays down for a nap, Wilson ventures off on his own, to the dark side of the moon. Yet now he is lost! How can he find his way back to Hopper? The perfect star, of course. Wilson spots it in the sky and follows it back to his friend. In another deceptively simple story, Maria van Lieshout shows how sometimes the best part of nature is that it's found only in nature—and that everything has its proper place . . . be it stars or even best friends, who always belong together.
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Peter and the Starcatchers
Written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson & illustrated by Greg Call
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-16
Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.
Honorable Mentions
The Way Back Home book
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The Night the Stars Went Out book
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Starcrossed book
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Star in the Jar book
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  1. The Way Back Home - From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day the Crayons Quit comes an imaginative tale of friendship in a world where what makes us different isn’t nearly as important as what makes us the same. When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his closet, he does what any young adventurer would do: He flies it into outer space! Millions of miles from Earth, the plane begins to sputter and quake, its fuel tank on empty. The boy executes a daring landing on the moon . . . but there’s no telling what kind of slimy, slithering, tentacled, fangtoothed monsters lurk in the darkness! (Plus, it’s dark and lonely out there.) Coincidentally, engine trouble has stranded a young Martian on the other side of the moon, and he’s just as frightened and alone. Martian, Earthling—it’s all the same when you’re in need of a friend.

  2. The Night the Stars Went Out - Alien is very small, but it is his job to shine all the stars and make sure they keep shining, and he has no time for anything else—so when the stars go out one night he is desperate to find the solution, a quest that takes him to Earth.

  3. Starcrossed - A resonant story of two friends trying to maintain their relationship from afar with dazzling results, filled with wishes, curiosity, and bravery. From award-winning author-illustrator Julia Denos. She was made of blood and bones, and he was made of space and stars.  Back in a time when there were still students of the stars, there were two friends, Acamar and Eridani. Eridani was a star pupil studying the night skies, and Acamar . . . well, he was made of the stuff she studied. In a star-crossed twist of fate, these long-distance friends find they’ve wished themselves into unexpected new worlds. Filled with stardust and moonglow, this cosmic adventure shows us how even the most brilliant wishes can have a mind of their own—and that true friendship can endure, despite time and space.

  4. Star in the Jar - What would you do with a fallen star? When a little boy stumbles across a lost star, he decides to take care of it, putting it in a jar and carrying it with him everywhere. But when the sky calls out for its missing star, can the little boy and his sister figure out a way to return the star to its friends in the sky…even if it means saying goodbye forever? This warm-hearted and enchanting bedtime story celebrates the rewards of true friendship.

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Books About Stars and Constellations

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The Big Dipper
Written & illustrated by Franklyn M Branley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
"[This new edition of a book first published in 1962 is] an excellent introduction to the night sky and star gazing. The beauty of this book is its simplicity and the high percentage of success a young reader would have following its directions." —AP.
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Glow-in-the-dark constellations
Written & illustrated by C. E. Thompson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
An innovative guide filled with glow-in-the-dark illustrations aids youngsters in locating more than thirty stars and star groups
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A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky
Written by Michael Driscoll & illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
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. This is the third in Black Dog & Leventhal's successful series including The Story of the Orchestra and A Child's Introduction to Poetry.
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Wishing on a Star book
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Once Upon a Starry Night book
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How the Stars Came To Be book
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Henry's Stars book
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  1. Wishing on a Star - Retells stories expressing admiration for the beauty and wonder of the night sky, and provides instructions for such activities as flying a starry kite, making a thaumatrope, and locating constellations using star maps.

  2. Once Upon a Starry Night - The follow-up to Zoo in the Sky presents facts about stars, nebulas, galaxies, and constellations and recounts the Greek myths that provide widely-known names for ten constellations, from Andromeda to Pegasus.

  3. How the Stars Came To Be - Have you ever wondered how the stars came to be in the sky? The Fisherman’s Daughter loved to dance in the sunlight, and bathe in the glow of the moon. But when the moon disappeared for a few nights each month, she worried about her father and how he would find his way home from the sea in the deep darkness. When the sun finds her sobbing one night, he takes one of his rays and shatters it onto the ground, creating the stars and giving the girl the task of putting them into the dark night sky. This beautifully illustrated story gives us a new folk tale, and a new way to look up at the night sky.

  4. Henry's Stars - The stars take shape in this adorable companion to Henry’s Map! One beautiful evening on the farm, Henry stares up at the sky. As he looks from star to star, they seem to form a picture. He sees it! A great big starry pig! Henry can’t wait to show his friends. Yet instead of seeing the Great Pig’s ears, legs, and curly tail, the sheep see a woolly body . . . the Great Sheep! Abigail sees the Great Star Cow, of course, and the chickens spot Heavenly Hens flying all over the place. Henry is frustrated. Why don’t the others see what he sees? In this charming companion to Henry’s Map, David Elliot explores—with gentle humor—the nature of art and perception. A perfect book for kids and adults who love to find shapes among the stars or anywhere else their imaginations may lead.

Books About Stars and Social Themes

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Stars
Written by Mary Lyn Ray & illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5
Celebrate all of the glittering stars in the sky in this tender Classic Board Book by acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee! A star is how you know it’s almost night. As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another. And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark. What if you could have a star? Look very closely in this lovely Classic Board Book for all kinds of stars both near and far…because stars are everywhere. Not just in the sky.
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Stella by Starlight
Written & illustrated by Sharon Draper
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.
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Sulwe
Written by & illustrated by Vashti Harrison and Lupita Nyong'o
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.
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Shine! book
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Sadiq and the Desert Star book
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Stardust book
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  1. Shine! - A shining new picture book about learning to appreciate the wonders in your world and within yourself, by New York Times bestselling author Patrick McDonnell and Naoko Stoop, creator of Red Knit Cap Girl, a New York Times Best Illustrated book Hoshi the sea star looks up in the sky and sees the stars shining. She wishes that she too could be in the sky amongst the brilliant stars—and as she imagines how much better it would be up in the air, she fails to appreciate the beautiful world that surrounds her underwater. It takes Hoshi’s friends, old and new, to help her realize that her shine comes from within. With gorgeous illustrations depicting colorful underwater life, Shine! teaches about the wonders that can be found inside ourselves. Naoko’s gorgeous use of plywood as the canvas for her work offers the perfect texture and pattern to evoke waves and sea currents in the underwater scenes.

  2. Sadiq and the Desert Star - Sadiq’s father is going on a business trip, but before he goes he tells Sadiq a story of the Desert Star, which fits in perfectly with Sadiq’s third grade class field trip to the planetarium, and inspires Sadiq to build a simple telescope to study the stars when his father returns.

  3. Stardust - One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it’s finding Mom’s lost wedding ring or winning the costume prize, her big sister always shines brighter. A story about how everything and everyone is made of stardust and we all shine in different ways

Books About Stars and Outer Space

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There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe & illustrated by Aristides Ruiz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat introduces Sally and Dick to the planets, stars, and moons in our universe.
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are
Written by Julia M. Kregenow & illustrated by Carmen Saldaṅa
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Teach children about the real science behind the stars using one of the most iconic and recognized childhood classics, 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' Twinkle, Twinkle, Little StarI know exactly what you are.Opaque ball of hot dense gas,million times our planet's mass,looking small because you're farI know exactly what you areWritten by an expert in astrophysics, this book is the perfect primer for learning exactly what those twinkling little stars are doing way up high in the sky. Each stanza explains what stars are made of and their relationship to the earth in an easy-to-understand way.
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Look Up!
Written by Robert Burleigh & illustrated by Raúl Colón
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Henrietta Levitt was the first person to discover the scientific importance of a star’s brightness—so why has no one heard of her? Learn all about a female pioneer of astronomy in this picture book biography. Henrietta Swan Leavitt was born on July 4, 1868, and she changed the course of astronomy when she was just twenty-five years old. Henrietta spent years measuring star positions and sizes from photographs taken by the telescope at the Harvard College Observatory, where she worked. After Henrietta observed that certain stars had a fixed pattern to their changes, her discovery made it possible for astronomers to measure greater and greater distances—leading to our present understanding of the vast size of the universe. An astronomer of her time called Henrietta Leavitt “one of the most important women ever to touch astronomy,” and another close associate said she had the “best mind at the Harvard Observatory.” Henrietta Leaveitt's story will inspire young women and aspiring scientists of all kinds and includes additional information about the solar system and astronomy.
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Nerdy Babies: Space book
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Space book
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Destination: Space book
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Our Stars book
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  1. Nerdy Babies: Space - In Nerdy Babies: Space, follow our intrepid infants into the great unknown. Check out the moon and the sun and all the planets in our solar system. Plus, learn about gravity and orbits in this simple text written in question and answer format. With bright artwork and an engaging design, this will be a book that the very littlest nerds will want to return to again and again. Stay curious. There’s more to learn about everything!

  2. Space - How big is the universe? What would it be like to live on Venus? Is there life on another planet? What was the Big Bang? How does space travel work? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this interactive lift-the-flap fact book. Embark on an epic journey through space and see the amazing Milky Way, find out what life is like for astronauts and take a closer look at life outside our galaxy … could aliens really exist?

  3. Destination: Space - Hop on board the space shuttle and get ready for the ride of your life as you explore deep space with your five fellow space cadets. This journey of discovery takes you through our local solar system and beyond, to galaxies far and wide. With every encounter, learn more about the science behind the stars, planets, meteors and comets in our sky, and the history of our universe.

  4. Our Stars - A simple introduction to the stars, planets, and outer space.

Books About Stars and Science And Nature

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Zoo in the Sky
Written by Jacqueline Mitton & illustrated by Christina Balit
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Shows and describes the animal constellations, including Canis Major and Scorpius the Scorpion, and provides information about some of the more unusual stars that make up the constellations. Reprint.
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The Stars Just Up the Street
Written by Sue Soltis & illustrated by Christine Davenier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**A grandpa's memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.** Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see _thousands._ Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars -- only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis's tale of a young activist and Christine Davenier's luminous illustrations will leave readers curious about the dark-sky movement -- and the wonder that is waiting for them just up the street.
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A Big Mooncake for Little Star
Written & illustrated by Grace Lin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A Caldecott Honor Book! A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin Pat, pat, pat... Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake. Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she's not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can't resist a nibble? In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.
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Picture the Sky book
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Stars! Stars! Stars! book
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  1. Picture the Sky - The sky can often tell different stories: in the clouds having a parade, in the stars blanketing the night, and in our imagination. Every hour, every day, in every season, the sky is different. In this companion to Picture a Tree, award-winning creator Barbara Reid offers a lyrical story using plasticine relief illustrations to explore the wondrous and ever-changing sky.

  2. Stars! Stars! Stars! - When Minna expresses an interest in stars, her mother suggests she invite a few friends to a star party, including a special dinner, a trip to the new Star Space at the Children’s Museum, and star-gazing.

Books About Stars and Family

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The Stuff of Stars
Written by Marion Dane Bauer & illustrated by Ekua Holmes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG! Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us, while vivid illustrations by Ekua Holmes capture the void before the Big Bang and the ensuing life that burst across galaxies. A seamless blend of science and art, this picture book reveals the composition of our world and beyond—and how we are all the stuff of stars.
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Mommies Are for Counting Stars
Written by Harriet Ziefert & illustrated by Cynthia Jabar
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A mommy is a special person. She knows just how to kiss a boo-boo to make it feel better and how to do hair-dos. When you need an audience for your puppet show, a mommy will always watch. Lift the flaps and see all the ways a mommy is wonderful. This celebration of mothers is ideal for Mother’s Day and for sharing throughout the year.
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Stars and Poppy Seeds
Written & illustrated by Romana Romanyshyn and Andriy Lesiv
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
The charming story of a girl's greatest ambition--to count all the stars in the sky As the daughter of well-known mathematicians, Flora loves to count more than anything in the world. She counts all the things around her--the animals, grains of sand on the beach, and letters in her dad's newspaper. When Dora looks at the Milky Way, she begins to wonder how to count the mesmerizing number of stars. Is it even possible? Is the night sky so full of stars that even all the numbers she knows would not be enough to count them? Dora soon learns that she needs to deal with such a complicated task by starting with the simplest of steps, and who knows, maybe one day she will achieve her dream.
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Like a Shooting Star book
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Stars Above Us book
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  1. Like a Shooting Star - Award-winning filmmaker and author of The Boy Who Loved the Moon. Rino Alaimo returns with an endearing tale about courage and love. When a young boy’s father doesn’t return from the war, the lonely boy wishes upon a shooting star—one that turns out to be a little firefly who, try as she might, just can’t fly. Touched by the boy’s earnest wish, the firefly undertakes a courageous journey to bring the boy’s father home. Hope, love, and the courage of an unlikely hero fill the pages of this stunningly illustrated picture book.

  2. Stars Above Us - A little girl and her soldier father find a way to be close even when he?s away at war Amanda is scared of the dark. But her dad can fix that. He shows Amanda all the wonderful things that live in the dark, like fireflies, crickets, and stars. And when her father has to go away, he even puts glowing paper stars on Amanda?s bedroom ceiling, so she can look at their special star while he?s away and know he?s on the other side of the world looking at it too, and thinking of her. Stars Above Us is an affecting, beautifully illustrated narrative tailor-made for children who?ve ever lived without a parent.

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