Preschoolers can begin learning about outer space with a storytime on the sun and moon. Kids can make crowns that resemble the rays of the sun, or make solar system mobiles as seen at Enchanted Learning. Be sure to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
Chall, Marsha Wilson. RUPA RAISES THE SUN. When Rupa wants to sleep in, the townsfolk are concerned that the sun will not come up without Rupa’s customary walk around the cookfire.
Ginsburg, Mirra. WHERE DOES THE SUN GO AT NIGHT? A very brief story about the sun, who sleeps under a cloud blanket.
Tafuri, Nancy. WHAT THE SUN SEES, WHAT THE MOON SEES. Flip over this dual story of what each heavenly body sees during a 24 hour day.
Henkes, Kevin. KITTEN’S FIRST FULL MOON. A kitten thinks the moon is a distant bowl of milk.
Hol, Coby. THE BIRTH OF THE MOON. A pourquoi story about the phases of the moon; the sun gives the moonlight to animals so they may see at night.
Asch, Frank. MOON BEAR. The bear is worried that the moon is shrinking and may disappear entirely.
Gerstein, Mordicai. THE SUN’S DAY. Beginning at 6am, we see what happens during the sun’s day