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The Sun: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about the sun?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to the sun. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about the sun.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about the sun, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun to popular sellers like The Shortest Day.

We hope this list of kids books about the sun can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Bush Tracks
Written by Ros Moriarty & illustrated by Balarinji Studio
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

What can you see? Follow the clues that landscape, seasons, weather, the stars, the moon and the sun give to navigate bush tracks and find the Australian animal. A lyrical, fun story about tracking animals in the bush featuring vibrant illustrations by Balarinji, Australia’s leading Indigenous design studio.

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Sun Flower Lion
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes
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Recommend Ages: 4-8
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How the Stars Came To Be
Written & illustrated by Poonam Mistry
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Recommend Ages: 5-18

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.

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Tiny Little Rocket
Written & illustrated by Richard Collingridge
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Recommend Ages: 3-5

An epic space journey perfect for any bedtime–earth or space–that puts the reader right in the cockpit and combines Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site with Interstellar Cinderella!

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8 Little Planets
Written by Chris Ferrie & illustrated by Lizzy Doyle
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

An exciting introduction to the solar system from Chris Ferrie, #1 science book writer for children, and creator of the Baby University series 8 little planets with the Sun at the center.each one wishing it were a little bit better…Old slow Neptune felt it was behind.165 years to circle the sun is an awful long time!the 8th little planet did not worry.It spins on its axis in a really big hurryTo the tune of “Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” comes a new bedtime story from bestselling author Chris Ferrie that’s sure to get little ones excited about the solar system while learning new facts about each planet!

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  • Tiny Feet Between the Mountains - Soe-in is a tiny child in a village full of large people. She struggles with completing chores due to her size, but she never gives up. One day, when the sky grows dark and full of smoke, Soe-in volunteers to travel into the tall mountains to investigate. She’s surprised to find a spirit tiger there and learn he has swallowed the sun by mistake! To help the spirit tiger and her village, Soe-in must come up with a clever idea to solve this gigantic problem. And while she’s at it, she just may prove that the smallest people often have the biggest, bravest hearts.

  • How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow - The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the world warm, the gardens growing, and the sky full of beautiful rainbows. But one day they get into a fight and refuse to be in the sky together. And that means there are no longer any rainbows. Without rainbows, the colors start disappearing until Earth was left with no color … except for one little forgotten box of crayons in one little school desk. Determined to save the rainbows and fix the Sun and Clouds’ friendship, the crayons draw rainbows all over town. Their attempts go unnoticed. Soon they realize that they’re going to have to do something big to get the attention of the former friends. So, the crayons create the biggest rainbow they can and hope it’s enough to bring color back to the world. How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow teaches the importance of teamwork and perseverance through seven crayons with unique personalities and their desire to see the world in color. Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

  • 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!

  • Baby Loves Thermodynamics! - “The next two books in the Baby Loves series tackle the first law of thermodynamics (energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can change forms) and Schreodinger’s Cat, the famous thought experiment involving quantum theory (quantum physics states that a particle can exist in multiple places at once). Accurate enough to satisfy an expert and simple enough for the rest of us to comprehend, the Baby Loves board books are perfect for geeky moms and dads who want to share their love of science, for parents who want to give their infant a head start on Harvard, and for hipster aunts and uncles who want that oh-so-clever gift for the baby shower.”–

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Voyage Through Space
Written by Katy Flint & illustrated by Cornelia Li
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

See space as you’ve never seen it before! Join one little astronaut and her space dog as they voyage through our solar system. Journey from the Sun, to the planets, asteroids and Kuiper belt, before folding out a glow-in- the-dark poster at the back. Simply turn off the light to bring the incredible glow-in-the-dark ink to life.

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The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal
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Recommend Ages: 6-9

Oh hey, guess what? The Sun never stops working to keep things on Earth running smoothly. (That’s why it’s been Employee of the Month for 4.5 billion years.) So why does the Sun get to be the center of attention? Because it’s our solar system’s very own star! <p/>This funny and factual picture book from Awkward Yeti creator Nick Seluk explains every part of the Sun’s big job: keeping our solar system together, giving Earth day and night, keeping us warm, and more. In fact, the Sun does so much for us that we wouldn’t be alive without it. That’s kind of a big deal. <p/>Each spread features bite-sized text and comic-style art with sidebars sprinkled throughout. Anthropomorphized planets (and Pluto) chime in with commentary as readers learn about the Sun. For instance, Mars found someone’s rover. Earth wants the Sun to do more stuff for it. And Jupiter just wants the Sun’s autograph. Funny, smart, and accessible, <i>The Sun Is Kind of a Big Deal</i> is a must-have!

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The Shortest Day
Written by Susan Cooper & illustrated by Carson Ellis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this seasonal treasure, Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice, illuminated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis’s strikingly resonant illustrations.

So the shortest day came, and the year died . . .

As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!

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Sun! One in a Billion
Written by Stacy McAnulty & illustrated by Stevie Lewis
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet Sun: He’s a star! And not just any star—he’s one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible. With characteristic humor and charm, Stacy McAnulty channels the voice of Sun in this next celestial “autobiography.” Rich with kid-friendly facts and beautifully brought to life by Stevie Lewis, this is an equally charming and irresistible companion to Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years.

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Sun and Moon Together
Written & illustrated by Ethan Long
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Recommend Ages: 3-6

Sun and Moon Together is a vibrant, graphic picture book compendium for preschoolers set in a Richard Scarry-inspired environment by Geisel Award-winning creator Ethan Long.

Welcome to another busy day in Happy County! The Sun is out and shining down on lots of friends. Grammy Tammy from Miami is doing grimey, slimey laundry. Sssonny Sssnakerton wants to grow sssunflowers. And when the Sun says goodbye for the day, the Moon pops up for a new set of adventures. Now Molly and her mom can make moon shadows and howl night noises.

This 48-page full-color primer is chock-full of charming characters and basic scientific concepts connected to the sun and the moon presented in simple, accessible terms for the young audience, touching on: the water cycle, phases of the moon, the solar system, and plenty of clever scenarios to keep little ones engaged.

Happy County
#1 Hello, World!
#2 Sun and Moon Together

Christy Ottaviano Books

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  • Stretch to the Sun - The tallest known tree on earth is located in Redwood National Park in northern California. More than twelve hundred years old, it is approximately 380 feet tall–and still climbing! The tree in this book sprouted, flourished, and survived ecological threats for over twelve hundred years before being discovered by tall-tree researchers. The coast redwood tree provides a unique ecosystem for the many plants and animals in its tree canopy and managed to survive extensive harvesting by loggers nearby. Discovered in 2006, the tree’s location is kept secret to protect it.

  • Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas - Acclaimed Caldecott artist Molly Bang and award-winning scientist Penny Chisholm present a stunning, sweeping view of our ever-changing oceans.<p></p>In this timely book, acclaimed Caldecott artist Molly Bang and award-winning M.I.T. professor Penny Chisholm use poetic language and dazzling illustrations to introduce the oceanic world. From tiny aquatic plants to the biggest whale or fish, Bang and Chisholm present a moving, living picture of the miraculous balance sustaining each life cycle and food chain deep within our wondrous oceans. On land or in the deep blue sea, we are all connected–and we are all a part of a grand living landscape. Award-winning scientist Penny Chisholm, a leading expert on oceans, packs <i>Ocean Sunlight</i> with clear, simple science, illuminated by Molly Bang’s wondrous illustrations. This informative, joyous book will help children understand and celebrate the astonishing role our oceans play in human life.

  • Love - Join a baby rabbit and its parent as they spend a glorious sunny day together in the meadow. The little rabbit finds love everywhere, but knows that a parent’s love is the best love of all!

  • Sun and Moon - Sun and Moon have always held their own places in the sky, but after a lifetime of darkness Moon wants to trade. Sun agrees, but only if first Moon takes a careful look at his night, before making his final decision. Follow Moon as he travels through the dark discovering enchanting animals and scenes unique to the nighttime, foxes hunting, children dreaming, lamplighters, and fireflies. Will Moon still wish to change places in the sky? Or will he realize the beauty of what he already has? Fine details amidst bright bold mixed-media illustrations will capture readers of all ages in this story of discovery and appreciation.

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Sun Bread
Written & illustrated by Elisa Kleven
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Recommend Ages: 2-6

As the rain pours from the sky and wind whips around, everyone in town is blue without the sun in the sky, so the baker makes some special bread that cheers up the animals and that sets off a series of events that quickly leads to the sun’s reappearance.

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The Sun
Written & illustrated by Gemma McMullen
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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.

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When The Sun Comes Up And The Moon Goes Down That's The Start Of Our Day
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Recommend Ages: 4-8

What happens when the sun starts to rise? A world of amazing creatures awaken right before our eyes. From singing honey bees to hungry bull sharks, our land and sea friends are ready for you to join in on this fun filled adventure. Never before seen images of hand crafted, bright and vibrant illustrations will captivate your attention from start to finish. Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the story. Also included is a series of engaging questions to help recap the story along with definitions and sight words, all of which makes this childrens book an all-around treasure.

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Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit® Weather Primer (BabyLit Primers)
Written by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Alison Oliver
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Watch Wuthering Heights endure the unpredictable weather of the Yorkshire moors in Wuthering Heights: A BabyLit Weather Primer. From sunny and breezy to windy and stormy, each page features charming illustrations by Alison Oliver and quotes from Little Miss Bronte selected by Jennifer Adams to describe the different types of weather Heathcliff and Catherine experience while strolling the grounds.

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My First I See You
Written & illustrated by Eric Carle
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Recommend Ages: 2-4

Who’s in that mirror? It’s you! From a silly monkey to a shining sun, little ones will love seeing themselves in these clever mirrors! With Eric Carle’s classic and colorful artwork and sweet text that rhymes, this book is a perfect addition to every Eric Carle collection!

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  • Under Alaska's Midnight Sun - On the longest day of the year, a young Alaskan girl stays up late and enjoys the midnight sun.

  • Good Morning, Farm Friends - Rise and shine! This charming board book about farm animals waking up and getting ready for a busy day is perfect for the youngest readers. As the sun rises, the animals on a bustling farm get ready for the day. Pigs roll around in the mud, cows wait at the milking stall, and horses run through pastures. But is everyone awake? The rooster will make sure of it! The fun rhyming text and colorful illustrations in this delightful book will help little ones start their day off just right.

  • And Then It Rained... And Then the Sun Came Out... - Describes how different people react to days of rain and days of hot sun.

  • The Book of Summer - Here comes the sun . . . and summer! Put on your sunglasses and enjoy the heat at the beach, where you can dig up the sand with your shovel and pail and see starfish in the sea. And don’t forget the seasonal treats like watermelon and ice cream–yum!

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Where the Sunrise Begins
Written by Douglas Wood & illustrated by K Wendy Popp
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Where does the sunrise begin? Douglas Wood asks this question in the style that has made him an internationally bestselling author. He answers it by focusing on the world of one child, then moving to another child’s world farther away, and then yet still farther, to the ends of the Earth, before bringing the text back to its starting point. Stunning artwork provides a beautiful sweeping look at a world that is simple yet complex, one in which the sun always rises to reveal a new day, a new life, and a new chance.

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Bunny Rabbit in the Sunlight
Written by Caspar Babypants & illustrated by Kate Endle
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Recommend Ages: 0-3

Various animals act while under different types of light. On board pages.

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Sun
Written & illustrated by Carol Thompson
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Recommend Ages: 0-2

Let’s play out in the sun! There’s a wealth of sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures to discover and enjoy! In this series of richly illustrated books, Carol Thompson celebrates the immediate and sensory response of children to the natural world – whatever the weather!

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