Dr, Krumenaker once said, “Astronomy is a wonderful gateway subject that can provide a ‘hook’ to the student to study many other aspects of science. It’s also an interdisciplinary subject that draws on so many of the ‘traditional’ science subjects.” My feelings exactly Dr. Krumenaker, and that’s why I teach astronomy for kids. If you have it in mind to teach astronomy for kids, here is a list of what we have used to give you some ideas.
Enchantedlearning and StarChild were the very first thing we did for astronomy when my boys were 4, 6, 7 and 9. They all enjoyed reading about the universe, and doing some printables. We used some reference books like Stars & planets, Meteors and Comets, and Atlas of the Universe too.
The younger boys read the Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2 books. They are colourful and packed with easy to understand information. They are aimed at age 4-8.
- The Sky Is Full of Stars
- The Planets in Our Solar System
- The Moon Seems to Change
- Floating in Space
- The International Space Station
- What the Moon is Like
Astronomy books we loved.
- Cosmos: A Field Guide This is a huge hardback book, measuring 13.8 x 1.1 x 16.9 inches and needs to be read on the floor. It is one of our favourite books, and always sits on our coffee table. The pictures are huge, colourful, and often double paged. If you buy just one book on astronomy, this is it. It was about $30 new.
- Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning about Over 125 Celestial Objects
- Soaring Through the Universe: Astronomy Through Children’s Literature
- Night Sky Atlas
- All the Basher books are fantastic, including Basher Science: Astronomy: Out of this World! They say they are for age 10 and up , but the colorful carton pictures are fun for all ages, my kids read them from age 7 up. We have the complete series, and they are reread multiple times.
- Space Stars & Slimy Aliens We love all the Horrible Books. The Bulging Box of Books is great value, if you can get it.
- Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 8)
- Gobsmacking Galaxy (Knowledge)
- The Grand Design
- A Brief History of Time
- Lucy and her father Stephen Hawking came together to write this sci-fi adventure series about George and his neighbour Annie. They are full of information about black holes, planets, stars, and the universe. My boys loved them.
George’s Secret Key to the Universe
George’s Cosmic Treasure Hunt
George and the Big Bang
- The now six books in this classic trilogy are incredibly funny, and a must for any science fiction loving astrophysicist.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
And Another Thing Written by the Irish author Eoin Colfer, who also wrote Artemis Fowl, one of IrishWrath’s favourite series.
Morgan freeman does a wonderful job narrating this visual pleasing and thought provoking series.
- Through the Wormhole With Morgan Freeman
- Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman Season 2
- Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman: Season 3
Professor Cox shows us you can be cool and love astronomy in these BBC dvds.
We are big fans of The Great Courses. All the courses regularly go on 70% off sale, I have never purchased at full price. We have watched the following for astronomy.
- Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy
- Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe.
Astronomy for teens and beyond.
- Astronomy Today (7th Edition)
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character)
- What Do You Care What Other People Think?: Further Adventures of a Curious Character
- The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman (Helix Books)
- The Shape of Space
- How It Began: A Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Universe
- How It Ends: From You to the Universe
- The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist
- Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries
- Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
- Relativity Simply Explained
- Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained by Its Most Brilliant Teacher
- Six Not-So-Easy Pieces: Einstein’s Relativity, Symmetry, and Space-Time
If you have any astronomy for kids recomendations let me know in the comments!
…To Infinity and Beyond!!