Monday, June 17, 2013

Storytime: 10 Books About the Sun

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Whenever we learn about a new topic, we always start with books. So, when we decided to learn about the sun, we took a trip to the library. I usually try to find a nice mix of both fiction and nonfiction books, although this time, we went a little heavy on the nonfiction books. Here is our list of great books about the sun.

Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons ~ You can never go wrong with a book by Gail Gibbons. This choice is great for preschoolers and is the perfect introduction to the sun. Your kids will learn a lot without getting overwhelmed with too much information.

The Sun: Our Nearest Star by Franklyn M. Branley ~ This book is part of the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, Stage 2. It's perfect for your elementary-aged kids who are just beginning to grasp science facts. It's chock full of information and is a great choice for reading aloud. The book also has two different experiments in the back to help reinforce the information you learned.

Jump Into Science: Sun by Steve Tomecek ~ This was our favorite of the nonfiction picks. My girls loved the bright illustrations and the fun facts. The information led to lots of great questions and conversation. The experiment in the back of this book is a can't-miss and illustrates perfectly how the sun makes day and night.

Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklyn M. Branley ~ It's easy to observe that the sun makes light, but how does it happen? This book attempts to answer that question as well as explaining about all the different sources of light.

What Makes a Shadow? by Clyde Robert Bulla ~ A fun and easy explanation of shadows. Have fun reading, then go on a shadow hunt!

Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley ~ The sun makes light and it also makes the seasons. This book explains how that happens. Follow along with a hands-on activity that perfectly illustrates the changing of the seasons.

What Is the Sun? by Reeve Lindbergh ~ This book is written in a conversational style which makes it a great choice for reading aloud to preschoolers. "What is the sun? The sun is a star. Is the sun near? No, it is far."

The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch ~ The lyrical words make this a good one for your preschoolers. Learn that the sun is a star and what makes it special. You never know, your little one may decide that the sun is their favorite star too!

The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy: A Korean Folktale by Yangsook Choi ~ Enjoy one of the most treasured folk tales of Korea and hear a story about how the sun, the moon, and the stars came to light the world.

Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale by Gerald McDermott ~ This Caldecott Medal winner retells an old Pueblo Indian tale - a story told to explain the importance of the sun to all of life.

Have you read any good books about the sun lately? Please share your finds! 


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