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The Sky Is Full of Stars
Franklyn M. Branley, 1983, HarperTrophy Publishers, ISBN 0064450023.
Branley engages stargazers ages 4–8 in viewing and locating star pictures.

Constellations (Galaxy)
Gregory Vogt, 2002, Bridgestone Books, ISBN 0736813829
Children ages 4–8 can explore what constellations are and how to locate them, learn how to find the North Star, and discover why the North Star seems to behave differently than other stars. Images of constellations are paired with descriptive text. Also included are a hands-on constellation activity and a glossary of basic astronomy terms for young stargazers.

Once Upon a Starry Night: A Book of Constellations
Jacqueline Mitton, 2004, National Geographic, ISBN 0792263324
Children ages 5–9 will enjoy hearing the Greek myths related to several constellations. Each two-page spread presents a mythical figure using short text pieces and illustrations in glowing colors with foil stars.

American Indian Myths and Legends
Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz, 1985, Pantheon Books, ISBN 0394740181
Over 100 Native American stories are presented for children ages 8 and older, including the Wasco tale “Coyote Places the Stars,” another version of “Why Coyote Howls.”

There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars
Bob Crelin and Amie Ziner, 2003, Sky Publishers, ISBN 193155904X
Young children ages 8–11 discover the problem of light pollution and its effects on stargazing through a unique story about the beauty of the night sky.

Glow-In-The-Dark Constellations: A Field Guide for Young Stargazers
C. E. Thompson, 1999, Grosset & Dunlap, ISBN 0448412535
Ten northern hemisphere constellations are introduced to children ages 9–11. They will explore what constellations are, who named them, and their apparent motion in the sky with a two-page spread accompanying each constellation with information and glow-in-the-dark components.

Find the Constellations
H. A. Rey, 1976, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0395244188
Considered one of the best star and constellation guides for beginners, this book offers comprehensive explanations of sky watching essentials in an easy-to-understand format for ages 9–11.

Janice VanCleave’s Constellations for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Science Fun (Science for Every Kid Series)
Janice VanCleave, 1997, Wiley, ISBN 0471159794
Children ages 9–11 investigate night sky concepts and constellations. Topics and activities include constructing an astrolabe, measuring azimuth and altitude, demonstrating precession, and simulating a dark nebula.

Tales of the Shimmering Sky: Ten Global Folktales With Activities
Susan Milord, 2003, Sagebrush Bound, ISBN 0613656210
Folktales from around the world explore stars and constellations. Activities and craft suggestions correspond to story themes in this colorful, well-illustrated book for children ages 9–11.

Seeing Stars: Shining Star Light: 10 Constellation Cards, Flashlight, and Book of Star Lore
Charles Hobson, 2001, Chronicle Books, ISBN 0811832058
Children ages 9–11 can create a starry night in a darkened room by shining the flashlight at the constellation cards provided in Hobson’s night sky kit. Included are 10 die-cut cards with the Greek mythological character on one side and the way the constellation actually appears on the other side. A handbook retells several Greek myths and tells how to locate the Great and Little Bears and Orion’s Belt.

Constellations (National Geographic My First Pocket Guides)
National Geographic, 2002, ISBN 07922694X
Young stargazers ages 9–11 are introduced to the myths of the constellations and the astronomy behind them in this field guide. Each constellation is presented through star maps and drawings.

Constellations Dot-to-Dot
Evan Kimble and Lael Kimble, 2001, Sterling, ISBN 0806923970
Dot-to-dot puzzles are presented for children ages 9–11 along with the legends of the constellations, the stars within them, and fun facts about them.

They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths
Ray A. Williamson and Jean Guard Monroe, 1987, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 039539970X
Each of the stories in this anthology of native tales begins with interesting anecdotes and facts about the customs and beliefs of the tribe. The reading level targets 9-12 year olds, but all ages will find this a fast and entertaining read.

Starwatch: A Month-by-Month Guide to the Night Sky
Robin Kerrod, 2003, Barron’s Educational Series, ISBN 0764156667
Children and adults will enjoy this beautifully illustrated, informative book that introduces new stargazers to the tools of the trade. The book profiles celestial objects such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, and comets. A month-by-month guide to the night sky describes which constellations to look for and how to find them.

The Constellations: Stars & Stories
Chris Sasaki, 2001, Sterling Publishing, ISBN 0806976357
The 88 constellations are illustrated with accompanying explanations of the myths behind them. The large font and easy-to-read text is ideal for ages 12–15.
                               
Constellations of the Northern Sky (National Audubon Society Pocket Guide)
Mark Chartrand, Wil Tirion, and Gary Mechler, 1995, Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN 0679779981
This small field guide contains seasonal maps of constellations and night sky objects. Appropriate for ages 12 through adult.

The Book of Constellations: Discover the Secrets in the Stars
Robin Kerrod, 2002, Barron’s Educational Series, ISBN 0764154400
Explore the history of astronomy, constellation names, myths, and more. This well-illustrated resource helps readers ages 13 and up find the planets and constellations in the night sky.

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
Terence Dickinson, 1998, Firefly Books Ltd, ISBN 1552093026
Beginning stargazers ages 11 and older will enjoy this spiral-bound field guide of star charts, tables, and color photos.

David H. Levy’s Guide to the Stars
David H. Levy, 2000, Den Pr, ISBN 1928771017
A good tool for new stargazers ages 12 and older, Levy’s planisphere makes locating night sky objects with accuracy a little less daunting. This oversized star wheel (16” in diameter) is all plastic (making it very durable) and contains useful information on the front and back.

Stars of the First People: Native American Star Myths and Constellations
Dorcas S. Miller, 1997, Pruett Publishing Company, ASIN 0871088584
Native American star myths are enhanced by explanations of their tribal values, rituals, and cultures in this book for adults.

The Starlore Handbook: An Essential Guide to the Night Sky
Geoffrey Cornelius, 1997, Chronicle Books, ISBN 0811816044
Tales of the night sky are told in this entertaining and resourceful book for adults, that present each constellation, its star name, and the myth associated with it.

The Night Sky Observer’s Guide, Volume 1, Autumn & Winter, and Volume 2, Spring & Summer
George Robert Kepple and Glen W. Sanner, Sky Publishing
Skywatchers with 8-inch and larger telescopes will find these volumes valuable. The books provide descriptions of deep-sky objects and include numerous data tables, drawings, photographs, and finder charts.

David Levy’s Guide to the Night Sky
David H. Levy, 2001, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521797535
This adult guide teaches beginners how to find and identify constellations, choose a telescope, and view night sky objects. Levy’s anecdotal style coupled with night sky poems, photographs, and much more make this book both informative and enjoyable.

Earth, Moon, and Stars Teacher’s Guide
Cary Sneider, 1986, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, ISBN 0924886056
Sneider’s guide offers hands-on, inquiry based astronomy activities for teachers of children ages 10–13.