Best Books on the Sun
& the Moon for Kids

Below are some fun and education books on the sun and moon for kids -- covering topics like the attributes and phases of the moon, moon landings, how the earth's rotation is what creates our seasons... These books can make teaching and learning about our universe even more fun and effective. With improvements in space technologies (like the Hubble telescope), we now have breathtaking photographs that allow us to see the moon, the sun, and even far off phenomena 'up close and personal.'  Many of the books below include these stunning images, especially those by Seymour Simon.

Plus...we have a second page of space-related books -- those focusing on the planets in our solar system, the constellations, and the universe in general. To see those additional space books, click the big arrow at the bottom of the page.

Books on the Moon for Kids

When the Moon Is Full
(poems honor the full moons
of each month; full of stunning wood-cuts by Caldecott winner)

by Penny Pollock
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



The Moon Book
(answers common kid's
questions on the moon with straightforward explanations
and illustrations)
by Gail Gibbons

1st grade - 4th grade



Papa, Please Get the
Moon for Me

(a father and child observe
the moon changes--great art)
by Eric Carle

Preschool - 1st grade



The Moon
(describes the moon and
its relationship to Earth;
great photos!)
by Seymour Simon

2nd grade - 5th grade



Faces of the Moon
(describes phases of the moon
with cut-outs & colorful prints)
by Bob Crelin

1st grade - 4th grade



The Moon Seems
to Change

(moon phases plus kid-friendly
experiments--a Let's
Read &
Find Out Science
book)

by Franklin Branley
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



If You Decide to Go
to the Moon

(lavishly illustrated, whimsical-
but-educational travel manual
for visiting the moon)
by Faith McNulty

Kindergarten - 2nd grade



One Giant Leap
(the story of the first moon
landing; full of great
impressionistic illustrations)
by Robert Burleigh

1st grade - 3rd grade



The Moon Over Star
(A young narrator reflects on
witnessing the first moon
landing; illustrated by
Jerry Pinkney!)
by Dianna Hutts Aston

Kindergarten - 2nd grade



Moonshot
(award-winning retelling
of Apollo 11; full of eye-
popping illustrations)
by Brian Floca

2nd grade - 5th grade



Reaching for the Moon
(picture book autobiography
of astronaut Buzz Aldrin)
by Buzz Aldrin

1st grade - 4th grade



Team Moon
(subtitled "How 400,000 People
Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon";

very suspenseful retelling)

by Catherine Thimmesh
5th grade & Up



Home on the Moon
(explains what it would be
like to colonize the moon)
by Marianne Dyson

4th grade - 6th grade



Moon Landing
(the history of moon
exploration
with foldouts
and pop-ups that show
rocket
mechanics, lunar module...)

by Richard Platt
4th grade - 7th grade



The Moon in Your Classroom
Uncle Milton's Moon in
My Room
is a great
classroom resource for
teaching the phases of the
moon!  It's a large,
realistic moon that lights
up whenever the room is
dark AND can also show
the 12 phases of the moon
(with a remote control).

For more information on Uncle Milton's Moon in My Room, click here.




Books on the Sun for Kids

On Earth
(explains earth's orbit, rotation,
and tilt -- love the illustrations!)
by G. Brian Karas

Preschool - 2nd grade



The Sun
(shares the splendor of the
sun with large, crisp, full-
color illustrations)
by Seymour Simon

Kindergarten - 3rd grade



My Light
(explores light and energy;
told in the voice of the sun)
by Molly Bang

1st grade - 5th grade



Sunshine Makes
the Seasons

Let's Read & Find Out Science
(
explains how the rotation of
the earth creates our seasons)

by Franklyn Branley
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



What Makes Day
and Night

Let's Read & Find Out Science
(
explains how earth's rotation
creates days and nights)

by Franklyn Branley
2nd grade - 3rd grade




Also, there are a lot of great free animations (short videos) on YouTube that can be helpful when teaching earth / sun relations. Sometimes students have to see it in action in order to really understand! Click on the link above to see a good option (and other interesting videos on the solar system for kids.)

MORE SPACE BOOKS ON PAGE 2
(covering planets, constellations, and the solar system for kids)







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