What would we do without our amazing community libraries?! Are you and your kids regulars at yours, too? If not, seriously. Check. It. Out. (no pun intended). Our library offers many free story times for different ages, classes, and other fun special events. I'm sure yours does, too. My boys could spend hours thumbing through books, and no matter how many times we've been they find tons of new ones every time. With such little effort on my part, I feel like I'm doing something so great for my kids when I see them cozied up on a comfy chair, completely engrossed in a new book at the library.
So anyway, with that spiel as an intro, I thought it would be fun to share some of our library finds once in a while. I usually give my kids a set number of books they can each pick, and then I choose a few for them, too. Sometimes I'm looking for something in particular, and sometimes I'm not. Since we've been planning "moon lessons" lately, I thought it would be helpful to pick out a few space books for some background. These are three we found that were lots of fun.
Our Solar System by Seymour Simon
This Smithsonian book is obviously non-fiction, and laid out as you would expect a science ref book for kids to be. It is straightforward, but has lots of cool photos, all the info you would want to share with young children (and then some for older ones), and it's current. (Some of these books can be so ancient.) We won't sit and read it multiple times as a bedtime story, but it was great to show pictures and present info. My 4-year old had lots of good questions.
Fly Guy Presents Space by Tedd Arnold
Have you read any Fly Guy books before? There are TONS, and they are really cute "starter chapter books" for little boys. I've read bunches to my 4-year old, and he gets a kick out of them. This one isn't a chapter book, but obviously features the same characters, and has a cute little story line to go along with the info it presents. It was a fave.
Sun Up, Sun Down, The Story of Day and Night by Jacqui Bailey and Matthew Lilly
At first I thought this one was a little cheesy, but then I realized it's probably the closest to how I would actually teach my boys about the sun, the moon, and our planet in my own words if I had no resources and was as familiar with the info. It has cute illustrations, is written in words kids can easily understand, but has PLENTY of information. What I like most about it is how it presents the relationship between the sun, moon and our earth. It helps paint a picture of why all this really cool info is actually really significant to us, too.
So there are our three favorite space books from our most recent library trip. Are there any others you would recommend on the topic? Any others NOT on the topic that you've just loved lately?
If you've missed the two Moon Posts leading up to this one, check them out here: