How Far Is A Star?
Sidney Rosen, 1992, Carolrhoda Books, Inc., ISBN 0876146841
With humor, illustrations, and a store of interesting facts, Rosen’s book delivers an entertaining and informative text about star life cycles (and stars in general) that provides enjoyable reading for ages 5–10.
The Life and Death of Stars (Out of This World Series)
Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser, 2004, Franklin Watts, ISBN 0531166856
Stunning images of stars in various stages of their life cycle illustrate this easy-to-read narrative for older children and young adults. Also included is a chapter on star myths from around the world, interesting star facts, and a helpful glossary.
Stars (Sequences of Earth & Space)
Andres Llamas Ruiz, 1996, Sterling Publishing Company, ISBN 0806993375
Stars is an excellent resource for ages 10–14 to learn about star life cycles. It is presented in an appealing format with informative text and illustrations that make the concepts easily understandable.
Stars and Galaxies (Look Into Space)
Jon Kirkwood, 1999, Copper Beech Books, ISBN 0761309179
Using amazing photos and illustrations to augment his text, Kirkwood examines all types of stars and galaxies, devoting several pages to their origins and life cycles. The kid-friendly format, fun facts, and experiments make this an enjoyable and informative read for ages 9–12.
Stars (Kaleidoscope: Space)
Roy A. Gallant, 2000, Benchmark Books, ISBN 0761410368
Given the highest rating by Science Book and Films, Gallant’s book describes, and uses beautiful photos to illustrate, the evolutionary process of stars for ages 8–12.
The Magic School Bus Sees Stars (A Book About Stars)
Joanna Cole, 1999, Scholastic Inc., ISBN 0590187325
Betwixt all its light-hearted banter and juvenile illustrations, this Magic School Bus book offers sound, albeit brief, basic information about the birth and death of stars. Stellar facts presented within the framework of an outer space adventure with Ms. Frizzle and her class will engage and appeal to ages 5–10.
How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend
Jerrie Oughton, Houghton Mifflin, 1996, ISBN 0395779383
In the retelling of this Navajo legend about the origin of the stars, Oughton weaves a charming tale about how First Woman positions her jewelry in the sky, “crafting her careful mosaic on the blackberry cloth of night.” A delightful read-aloud for ages 4–8.
100 Billion Suns: The Birth, Life, and Death of the Stars
Rudolf Kippenhahn, 1986, Basic Books, ISBN 0465052622
Kippenhahn offers a very readable and authoritative guide to stellar evolution by ferrying young adults and adult readers across the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram with an explanation of each phase of stellar evolution along the way. After covering stellar basics, this comprehensive text goes on to discuss binary stars, neutron stars, and other star types.
Through the Eyes of Hubble: The Birth, Life, and Violent Death of Stars
Robert Naeye, 1997, Kalmbach Publishing Company, ISBN 0913135348
Remarkable Hubble images are interspersed with descriptions of how stars live and die. Young adults and amateur astronomers will find Naeye’s book easy to read and enlightening.
The Stars and Galaxies (Exploring the Universe)
Robin Kerrod, 2001, Belitha Press, ISBN 1841383295
Kerrod offers a comprehensive digest of stellar data with interesting captions, sidebars, illustrations, and photos. He devotes one chapter to star life cycles, providing a clear explanation for ages 12–16.
Star Cycles: The Life and Death of Stars (Library of the Universe)
Isaac Asimov, 1995, Gareth Stevens Publishing, ISBN 0836812271
Fascinating photos combined with clear text offer ages 9–12 a brief explanation of the star life cycle, along with other facts about stars in general.
Quasars, Pulsars, and Black Holes (Library of the Universe)
Isaac Asimov, 1988, Gareth Stevens Publishing, ISBN 083681133X
Asimov offers ages 9–12 fascinating, informative accounts of the intriguing nature of certain types of stars (such as neutron stars), devoting a section to star life cycles. Though fairly detailed, the text is presented in a clear, easily understood format.
Stars and Constellations
Raman K. Prinja, 2002, Heinemann Library, ISBN 1403406170
In his 32-page text for ages 8–12, Prinja presents a simple overview of constellations and stars that includes short chapters on stellar components, how stars are formed, and how they die.
January 10, 2007