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Children's Books about Constellations

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What is more fascinating and fun to look at than the stars in the night sky? It's even more fun to look at them and try to find the various constellations. It's great practice for the imagination and leads to all kinds of wonder and curiosity. What makes the stars twinkle? Who named the constellations? Why did they use those names? What's the purpose of the constellations? Even the youngest child can look at the night sky and wonder.

1. The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper
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The Big Dipper is the easiest constellation for children (or anyone) to find in the night sky. This book helps children find that constellation, but also provides the names for all of the stars that make up the Big Dipper. We may think that it is in the same place in the sky all the time, but it's not. This book shows the different positions of the constellation in the different seasons. Although the book is mostly about the Big Dipper, it also has a little to say about the North Star, the Little Dipper, and Ursa Major. For ages 4-8
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2. Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations

Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations
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This book is clever way to introduce constellations to children, particularly if they are animal lovers. The constellations that are presented here are those named for animals: Ursa Major (the Great Bear), Ursa Minor (the Little Bear), Leo the Lion, Taurus the Bull, and several others. The colorful illustrations are beautiful on their own, but they are made even better with the metallic stars placed where the stars appear in the constellations. And they are shiny just like the real stars! Well, not just like them, but they do make it easier to see how the stars "create" the constellations. Adding to the appeal for children are the poetic descriptions of the constellations.  Ages 6-9
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3. Find the Constellations

Find the Constellations
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The way constellations are presented in this book make it easy for children (and adults) to recognize constellations. The stars are drawn against a pale blue background, in different sizes to represent the different "sizes" of the stars. The reason the stars are different sizes is explained in simple terms. To see the constellations, the stars are connected with straith lines, something like connect the dots. Once children can recognize the constellations and find them in the night sky, they can then begin to use their imaginations and see the constellations as they are pictured in astronomy books. In addition to presenting the constellations, the book also includes the myths behind them. Ages 9 and up
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4. Constellations of the Night Sky

Constellations of the Night Sky
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This book not only illustrates 22 of the most familiar constellations, but it also provides the mythology behind them and points out the main stars that are in the constellations. Among the constellations are Canis Major and Orion the Hunter. Other constellations included are those that make up the zodiac, such as Aquarius, Gemini, Leo, and Taurus. As if there needs to be more reason for kids to like this book, it's also a coloring book! Ages 9 and up
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5. A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars & Constellations and their Legends

A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars & Constellations and their Legends
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Many books on the constellations provide illustrations of them and some simple tips for finding them in the night sky. This book, however, has some additional tips, including how to measure distance in the sky. This can be done with our fingers! But there is more. Once you find one star, you can find another and so find another constellation. In addition to explanations on how to find stars and constellations, the book includes mythological stories. What are the constellations without the myths! For Young Adults
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