Best Kids Books About Stars

23 Kids Books About Stars

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Shine! book
#1
Shine!
Written by Patrick McDonnell and illustrated by Naoko Stoop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

Henry's Stars book
#2
Henry's Stars
Written and illustrated by David Elliott
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

The Stuff of Stars book
#3
The Stuff of Stars
Written by Marion Dane Bauer and 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.

How to Catch a Star book
#4
How to Catch a Star
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
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.

Skippyjon Jones, Class Action book
#5
Skippyjon Jones, Class Action
Written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It’s where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy-once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

Rufus Blasts Off book
#6
Rufus Blasts Off
Written by Kim T Griswell and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Rufus the Pig has already sailed the seven seas on a pirate ship. Now he dreams of the Moon, the stars, and Mars! So he bids his mateys goodbye and reports for duty at the space center. But Commander Luna tells him: "No pigs in space!" Then Luna needs someone to read a book live from the Red Planet--or the mission's scrubbed. Will Rufus finally blast off?

Lulu & Pip book
#7
Lulu & Pip
Written by and illustrated by Stephanie Rausser, Jess Brown, Nina Gruener
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Lulu takes her doll Pip on a camping trip, where they make friends with an old donkey, build a tent, eat dessert over a campfire, and fall asleep underneath the stars.

Star Stuff book
#8
Star Stuff
Written and illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record"--Provided by publisher.

Starry Skies book
#9
Starry Skies
Written by Samantha Chagollan and illustrated by Nila Aye
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

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!

Destination: Space book
#10
Destination: Space
Written by Dr Christoph Englert and illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are book
#11
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are
Written by Julia M. Kregenow and 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.

Like a Shooting Star book
#12
Like a Shooting Star
Written and illustrated by Rino Alaimo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

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.

Minegoo Mniku book
#13
Minegoo Mniku
Written and illustrated by Sandra L Dodge
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The story of creation told from a Mi'kmaq point of view. Along time ago, the Great Spirit created the sky and all of the stars. Still, it wasn’t enough. He then made Minegoo, a place so beautiful it could have been kept among the stars. But instead, He decided to place Minegoo in the most beautiful spot on Earth. He summoned Kluskap and asked him to find this spot. After searching the whole world, Kluskap found the Shining Waters, the spot in the Gulf of St. Lawrence that would be home to the Mi’kmaq people created in his own image.

Star in a Jar book
#14
Star in a Jar
Written by Sam Hay and illustrated by Sarah Massini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When a little boy finds a twinkling star that has fallen to Earth, he and his sister aren't sure what to do. So the boy decides to keep it, putting it in a jar and taking it with him everywhere. But that night, the boy looks up into the inky sky to see a celestial message spelled out: LOST One Small Star The siblings know they must try to return their new treasure to the sky, but it's not as easy as it sounds. The idea of parting is bittersweet, but the boy soon discovers that instead of losing a treasure, he might just be gaining a friend...

Under the Southern Cross book
#15
Under the Southern Cross
Written and illustrated by Frané Lessac
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-12

Night-time in Australia, animals are waking, people are exploring, discoveries are being made – under the Southern Cross. What makes ribbons of colour swirl in the sky? What are the spooky balls of light that bounce across the outback? What animal lays eggs that look like squishy ping-pong balls? Where can you watch a movie with bats circling overhead? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic picture book tour of Australia after dark.

Wonderful World of Space book
#16
Wonderful World of Space
Written by Andrew Fraknoi and illustrated by Alex Eiserloh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-13

How big is the Galaxy? What is a black hole? Could there be life on other planets? The answers to these and other questions are revealed in the pages of Disney Learning's Wonderful World of Space. Packed with stunning photographs of planets, comets, nebulas, and more and accompanied by Disney and Pixar character illustrations, this volume helps children discover the many fascinations of the universe.

Picture the Sky book
#17
Picture the Sky
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

The Lost Star book
#18
The Lost Star
Written by Przemysław Wechterowicz and illustrated by Marcin Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

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.

The Stars book
#19
The Stars
Written and illustrated by Gemma McMullen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

This series explores the four key elements of our Solar System: the Sun, the Moon, the Planets and the Stars. With each title including fascinating facts and photographic images, young readers will enjoy discovering what lies in the darkness beyond.

Stardust book
#20
Stardust
Written by Jeanne Willis and illustrated by Briony May Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

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

There's No Place Like Space book
#21
There's No Place Like Space
Written by Tish Rabe and 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.

The Lost Stars book
#22
The Lost Stars
Written and illustrated by Hannah Cumming
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Everyone has become so focused on bright lights and new technology that they have forgotten about the stars. Fed up with not being appreciated, the stars decide to leave their posts and go on holiday. But what will happen when the lights go out? A charming picture book, from an emerging new talent, warning us to appreciate the natural beauty of the world, before it is lost.

The Big Dipper book
#23
The Big Dipper
Written and 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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