Planets

Constellations

A magnificent way to enjoy the summer is to grab a sleeping bag, head to the back yard and gaze up at the night sky. "Observe the Night Sky" 62 Days 62 Ways square encourages you to spend some time under the stars. The other night sitting around my backyard campfire I saw 15 bats, heard a screech owl and saw the stars and moon emerge like a hidden world. Instantly relaxing! Here are some suggestions to help you get started:

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Children will see the stars shining brightly right in their own room with this glow-in-the-dark introduction to the night sky. Each constellation sparkles brilliantly on the page, thanks to the special ink that illuminates the lush artwork. And even as the luminous illustrations encourage stargazing, the kid-friendly text presents a perfect mix of simple science and storytelling. It's an appealing, interactive approach to a popular subject. Check out other kid-friendly night sky titles and emedia.

Picture Books About Outer Space

Star seeker: a journey to outer space by Theresa Heine, Victor Tavares

Stars! Stars! Stars! by written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Full Moon and star by Lee Bennett Hopkins ; illustrated by Marcellus Hall

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and ; [illustrated by] Marla Frazee

Following up on Pluto's Demotion

In 2005 Mike Brown discovered Eris which was slightly larger than Pluto. This discovery sparked a series of international debates resulting in the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet. Brown recounts his controversial discovery in this part memoir and part planetary saga in How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming.
Barrie W. Jones' Pluto: Sentinel of the Outer Solar System delves into discussions of scientific discovery as well as an exact account on Pluto, its satellites and its controversial re-classification.

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