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A Universe of Stories: The Sun

How the Sun got to Coco’s House written and illustrated by Bob Graham

The sun makes its journey across the world to Coco’s house to wake her up and follow her through another day.

The Night World written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go into the darkness very late at night, where they are greeted by the shadows of roses and other flowers, and by nocturnal animals who whisper, “it’s almost here.”

Moonbear’s Sunrise by Frank Asch

 When Bear tries to see the sunrise but always oversleeps, Little Bird makes a suggestion.

Sun written and illustrated by Sam Usher

It’s the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It’s just the right kind of day for a boy and his grandad to go for a picnic.

Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven

 During a horrible, snowy storm, a baker bakes sun bread, which cheers up the whole town and even coaxes the real sun to come out.

Greetings, Sun by Phillis Gershator

Throughout the day, children greet the sun, the breeze, their breakfasts, their school, and all the other large and small sights which they encounter.

Sun Song by Jean Marzollo

Animals and plants respond to the sun’s changing light over the course of a single day.

Hello, Sun! by Dayle Ann Dodds

A young girl and her cat must change clothes many times as the weather goes from sunny to cloudy to rainy to snowy.

Painted paper plate sundial: https://www.funlittles.com/kids-crafts-homemade-sun-dial/

Sun in a bottle: http://fumblingthroughparenthood.blogspot.com/2011/07/sun-in-bottle.html?showComment=1311569822861#c668124889966383480

What melts in the sun experiment: https://frugalfun4boys.com/simple-science-experiment-for-kids-what-melts-in-the-sun/

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A Universe of Stories: Space Aliens!

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/

A Universe of Stories: Stars

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/

 

 

A Universe of Stories – Space Travel

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/

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