I recently presented a space theme family storytime and began with an introduction to the upcoming solar eclipse with Looking Up: The Science of Stargazing. There was an easy to understand explanation of the solar eclipse beginning on page 34.
Another nonfiction book with easy to understand concepts is Experiments with the Sun and the Moon.
The Sun and the Moon by Lisa Desimini
Beautifully illustrated story of giants following the moon and sun in search of their soulmates who finally meet each other during an eclipse.
The children really enjoyed answering the questions about the book I want to be an Astronaut, and explaining why they did, or did not want to be an astronaut!
Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey
The book begins with the moon begging the sun to trade places with him, for just one day, as his nights were dark and lonely. He believed that the sun was able to see all the beautiful things in the world had during the day. The sun agreed, but upon two conditions: the moon must trade with her forever, and before she was willing to trade, he had to look at the world closer than he ever had before. The moon was excited to look at the world in a way he never had before. He was expecting to see the same things he saw night after night, darkness but he was surprised when he looked just a little bit closer.
We finished with Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! and the action rhyme of the same name.
Here’s some great activities from NASA:
Here’s a coloring sheet and activity for the solar eclipse dragon.
Here’s a fun craft with coffee filters: