Best Kids Books About Stars

The Top 18 Books About The Stars

Updated Feb. 25, 2019

"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.

Dream Away book
#1
Dream Away
Written by Katie Belle Trupiano, Julia Durango and illustrated by Robert Goldstrom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
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.

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.

How to Catch a Star book
#2
How to Catch a Star
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
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.

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.

There's No Place Like Space book
#3
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 Big Dipper book
#4
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.

Zoo in the Sky book
#5
Zoo in the Sky
Written by Jacqueline Mitton and 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.

The Way Back Home book
#6
The Way Back Home
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Shine! book
#7
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.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me book
#8
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

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.

Star Stuff book
#9
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.

The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System book
#10
The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
Written by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

What We See in the Stars book
#11
What We See in the Stars
Written and illustrated by Kelsey Oseid
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

An illustrated guide to the heavens combines the myths, historic significance, and various interpretations of objects seen in the night sky, including the recognized constellations, meteors, eclipses, planets, and moons.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I Know Exactly What You Are book
#12
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.

Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star book
#13
Hopper and Wilson Fetch a Star
Written and 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.

Starry Skies book
#14
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!

Once Upon a Starry Night book
#15
Once Upon a Starry Night
Written by Jacqueline Mitton and illustrated by Christina Balit
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

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.

Wishing on a Star book
#16
Wishing on a Star
Written and illustrated by Fran Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-12

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.

A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky book
#17
A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky
Written by Michael Driscoll and 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.

Glow-in-the-dark constellations book
#18
Glow-in-the-dark constellations
Written and 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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