A place to share cool science ideas for storytime!

Company’s Going by Arthur Yorinks

After inviting two spacemen to stay for dinner, Shirley and Moe are asked to return with them to their planet Nextoo to cater their sister’s rather large wedding.

Best Frints at Skrool written and illustrated by Antoinette Portis

Yelfred and Omek are back and this time they’re going to skrool in Best Frints at Skrool, the hilarious sequel to Best Frints in the Whole Universe by award-winning writer/artist Antoinette Portis.

Time for (Earth) school, Dewey Dew by Leslie Staub

Click-Clack Waddle Dot Dewey Dew from Planet Eight Hundred Seventy-Two Point Nine does not want to go to school–not on his planet, and definitely not on Planet Earth at Mrs. Brightsun’s School for Little Learners.

Aliens Love Dinopants by Claire Freedman

When aliens crash-land in the jungle, they have no idea that they are about to stumble into the biggest stash of underwear ever. Their happiness knows no bounds since all aliens share a love for zany underpants!

Your Alien by Tammi Sauer

When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two quickly become friends, but at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very sad, and the boy tries to figure out what his new friend needs to be happy again.

Wazdot? By Michael H. Slack

An alien is mystified by the sights and sounds of Earth, but a decoder beam helps identify such oddities as a pig, vegetables, and a tractor.

Take Me to Your BBQ by Kathy Duval

When Willy goes outside to check on his grill, he finds a UFO full of aliens who want some of his barbecue and chili, and then tear up his farm square dancing while he plays the fiddle.

When Edgar Met Cecil by Kevin Luthardt

A robot and an alien overcome obstacles to form an unlikely friendship.

Create alien space ships with paper plates: http://bargerfam.blogspot.com/2014/02/out-of-world-discover-moon-and-space.html

Blow paint aliens: https://www.masandpas.com/2018/09/amazing-blow-paint-aliens/

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Meet the Monkeys!

Monkeys by Julie Murray

Learn about monkeys including details regarding their behavior, families, and environment.

Where’s My Mom? By Julia Donaldson

A butterfly tries to help a lost young monkey find its mother in the jungle, meeting many different animals along the way.

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox

A rhyming tale about two little monkeys who are hiding from a leopard.

Meet the Howlers by April Pulley Sayre

These rain forest dwellers are loud and sloppy. This playful poem brings howler monkeys to life in all their growly, barking glory. Extra facts within the text give readers the lowdown on these loudmouths.

Peanut by David Lucas

In the morning a flower opens. Inside is a monkey as big as a pea. The monkey calls himself Peanut. Day and night bring many surprises as Peanut learns about his life and the world.

No More, Por Favor by Susan Middleton Elya

Rain forest parents come up with a solution when all their children become picky eaters at the same time. Spanish words interspersed in the rhyming text are defined in a glossary.

Banana! By Ed Vere

Colorful illustrations and brief text show how two monkeys learn to share when there is only one banana between them.

Monkey paper bag puppet: http://kidzactivities.net/monkey-paper-bag-puppet/

Rainforest fine motor activity: http://munchkinsandmoms.com/rainforest-fine-motor-activity/

Rainforest stickers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/deluxxedition/2850949443/sizes/o/in/set-72157607014051303/

 

Older Than the Stars by Karen C. Fox

In a way, we are all as old as the universe itself. In fact, every bit of every one of us was created in the Big Bang, billions of years ago.

Stunning illustrations and lively verse tell the story of the cosmic connections that tie human beings to the beginning of the universe. Simple, informative prose provides additional facts.

One Day a Dot by Ian Lendler

Starting with one tiny dot and continuing through the Big Bang to the rise of human societies, the story of our universe is told in simple and vivid terms. But the biggest question of all cannot be answered: Where did that one dot come from?

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer

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.

Lost Stars by Hannah Cumming

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 warning us to appreciate the natural beauty of the world, before it is lost.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a Big Moon Cake and, despite Mama’s request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

First Star: a Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand

While camping, Bear tells Mole the story of how the First Bears created the moon and the stars.

Star Climbing by Lou Fancher

When he cannot sleep, a little boy imagines himself on a nighttime journey across the sky where he can run and dance with star constellations.

My House has Stars by Megan McDonald

Young people describe the different kinds of homes they live in around the world and how they see the stars.

Constellation lacing cards: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8__TFE0yObfNmQ3NTA1NjUtYTdjMy00OGE5LTlkMzQtYjJmOWFjYjgzYzk2/view?hl=en&authkey=CJiFndEM

DIY Constellation flashlight: https://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-constellation-flashlight-discs/

 

 

You are the First Kid on Mars by Patrick O’Brien

In the spirit of books that once imagined colonies on the moon, Patrick O’Brien has created a unique look at your first trip to Mars. Using the most up-to-date designs and theories of what it will take to establish a base on Mars, you are off on an incredible journey, over 35 million miles to the red planet. Filled with details, and vividly brought to life, this is an adventure that you are never going to forget.

Mars by Elaine Landau

From the First Book series, each volume discusses current knowledge and speculation about its subject, reporting on the planet’s geography, moons, and mysterious features as well as the space probes that have gathered the information.

Planet Mars by Ann Squire

As one of our closest neighbors in the solar system, Mars has long fascinated people who are interested in space exploration. Readers will find out how we have used advanced technology to explore the surface of Mars and why some scientists think they might one day discover life on the fourth planet from the sun.

Rabbits on Mars by Jan Wahl

Tired of their hard life on Earth, where dogs chase them, winters are cold, and carrots scarce, three rabbit friends build a rocket ship and journey to Mars in hopes of finding a better life.

Life on Mars by Jon Agee

In this sneaky, silly picture book an intrepid-but not so clever-space explorer is certain he’s found the only living thing on Mars.

 
Oliver who would not sleep! By Mara Bergman
 
Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep avoids falling asleep by flying his rocket ship to Mars.
 
 
Mousetronaut Goes to Mars by Mark E. Kelly
 
 
A mouse stowaway on NASA’s first human mission to Mars becomes a hero when one of the landing craft’s engines fails. Includes facts about Mars.
 
 
 

Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci

Zelda, determined to be the first chicken in space, carries on with her plans to build a spaceship, complete her training, and design experiments, even if her friends do not want to help.

Tiny Little Rocket by Richard Collingridge

5 4 3 2 1… BLAST OFF! There’s a tiny little rocket that will take you to the stars, It only flies there once a year, but zips you out past Mars… Jump in for a journey that is out of this world!

Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna, illustrated by Tad Carpenter

All of the bots in Botsburg are powering down for the night … but Bitty Bot isn’t tired! Bitty decides to build a rocket and go on a space adventure instead of going to sleep.

Mabel and Sam at Home by Linda Urban, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Mabel and her younger brother Sam approach their new home and the trauma of moving by turning it into an adventure, imagining they are sailors approaching a new land, tour guides exploring a museum, and finally astronauts in space.

Nuts in Space by Elys Dolan

An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?

Where is the Rocket? By Harriet Ziefert

Illustrations and spare text take the reader on a journey in perspective that follows a rocket’s travels from a child’s bedroom to outer space and home again, emphasizing such concepts as near and far, above and below, middle, front, and back.

The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield

Young Chris loves pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, he’s afraid of the dark. Only when he watches the moon landing on TV does he realize how exciting the unknown can be. Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Earth Space Moon Base by  Ben Joel Price

An unlikely trio lands on a planet and keeps the inhabitants at bay using bananas.

Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats

With the help of his imagination, his parents, and a few scraps of junk, Louie and his friends build a spaceship and travel through outer space.

Nonfiction books

If you Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty

The text allows the reader to participate in every aspect of the journey, from packing (“don’t forget your diary and plenty of food”) to liftoff (at first you’ll feel heavy; don’t worry”) to traveling through space (where “the moon glows like a pearl in the black, black sky”). The reader lands at the Sea of Tranquility, the site of the first lunar landing.

The SpaceAdventurer’s Guide : your passport to the coolest things to see and do in the universe by Peter McMahon

A guide to space travel describes how to prepare and the different trips a person could make, the steps that each trip would involve, and some things to do at each destination.

Astronaut Handbook by Meghan McCarthy

Meghan McCarthy blasts readers off to astronaut school in her new, young, nonfiction picture book. Take a ride on the “Vomit Comet” and learn how it feels to be weightless. Have your measurements taken–100 to be exact–for your very own space suit.

50 Things You Should Know about Space by Raman K. Prinja

From constellations to space shuttles, Space is as endlessly fascinating as the universe itself. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about space missions colliding galaxies, light years, solar eclipses, the surface of the Sun and much, much more in this exciting title.

Astronaut glove box activity: https://www.giftofcuriosity.com/diy-astronaut-glove-box/

Cardboard roll rocket: https://rainydaymum.co.uk/blast-off-tp-roll-rocket/

Space theme play mat: https://funlearningforkids.com/space-scene-play-mat/

Animals in Winter

Animals in Winter Martha E. H. Rustad

Snow falls, animals hibernate, and people bundle up, it’s winter! Check out all the changes that come with longer nights and colder temperatures.

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white, but under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many others who live outside in the woods during the winter.

Winter Dance by Marion Dane Bauer

A fox wonders how he should prepare for the coming winter, but what other animals advise will not work for him until another fox comes to his aid.

Copy Me, Copycub by Richard Edwards

Copycub, who imitates everything that his mother bear does, follows her to their den when winter comes and snow begins to fall.

William’s Winter Nap by Linda Ashman

Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. “There’s room for two–I’m sure we’ll fit.” The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full.

Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

One cold morning, a lonely boy wishes for something to do. Then someone comes to play who knows what winter is all about.

Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter.

Hibernating bear craft: /http://ttcrafts.com/bear-craft-for-preschoolers/

Build a cave engineering activity: https://kidssteamlab.com/preschool-engineering-activity-for-kids/

Winter adaptations guide: https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/3643/files/2013/09/Winter-Adaptations-I-168fn9g.pdf

 

Birds of Prey

Raptor!: a Kid’s Guide to Birds of Prey by Christyna M. Laubach

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and different species of raptors.

Birds of Prey by John P. S. Mackenzie

Shows and describes the appearance, range, and habits of different species within each of the seven main families of raptors and accipiters

Eagle & Birds of Prey by Jemima Parry-Jones

Describes the anatomy, hunting techniques, mating, nesting, and eating habits of birds of prey. Get a bird’s-eye view of the amazing world of raptors–from the majestic falcon, hawk, and eagle to the stealthy owl and the formidable vulture.

Animals at Night by Jane Burton

Discusses the various kinds of animals that prowl by night, the adaptations that make it possible for them to do so, and the advantages it brings them.

Owls: Hunters of the Night by Elaine Landau

Explores the world of these fierce nocturnal birds of prey.

Thunder birds: nature’s flying predators by Jim Arnosky

Acclaimed naturalist and illustrator Jim Arnosky helps birds and imaginations take glorious flight in this breathtaking nonfiction picture book with six giant gatefolds.

Label the Eagle worksheet: https://www.atozkidsstuff.com/images/americanbaldeagle/baldeaglelabel.pdf

Bald eagle activity guide: https://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Portals/48/docs/Recreation/ODM/pdf/Bald%20Eagle%20Activity%20Guide.pdf

Hawks guide and activities: http://hawksaloft.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Hawks-Aloft-Pre-Packet-8-12.pdf

 

 

 

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