I still remember sitting in a planetarium watching a presentations on constellations. I was about 8 years old and couldn’t wait for nighttime to come so I could find Cassiopeia. The name was one I had never heard and success came soon after as I found it that evening. The 94-page CONSTELLATIONS FOR KIDS would have come in handy in my quest to find many more pictures in the sky.
The journey begins with an overview of our amazing universe. A closer look at The Big Dipper and North Star follow, giving much needed help in finding the location of many other constellations.
The table of contents arranges 23 constellations into four seasonal categories when they are best to see. Each of the constellation pages give seekers legendary background and how high to find them in the sky (using a handy trick I never knew about). Detailed star by star locations help you map out the image. There’s also a full page picture to prepare you for the search.
A glossary and sky maps wrap up this handy guide. I gave this book to a young neighbor and have spotted her and several friends outside looking up instead of down at their phones. This will only be the beginning to spark their interest in learning more.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelsey Johnson teaches students of all ages both inside and outside of the classroom, using astronomy as a “gateway” science to nurture curiosity and science literacy. She is a professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia and founding director of the award-winning Dark Skies Bright Kids program. She has won numerous awards for her research, teaching, and promotion of science literacy. Her TED talk on the importance of dark skies has more than 2 million views, and her writing has appeared in nationwide publications, including the New York Times, Scientific American, and Washington Post. She lives in rural Virginia with her family.
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