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As the cold, dark nights of winter draw in, your children might start taking more notice of the night sky. Rather than it still being bright outside at their 7pm bedtime, it’s pitch black, and if you’re lucky you might see stars twinkling away. We all know the importance of reading to your child – even as a baby! Here’s 4 children’s books about stars that both you and your children are sure to love!
Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw and published by Orchard Books, this children’s book explores the blooming friendship between a little girl and a fallen star. My Pet Star is a heartwarming tale truly brought to life through the illustrations; teaching about kindness, caring and then ultimately letting go.
We received this book in our Imagine Me Stories box and it quickly became a firm favourite at bedtime. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, the words calming, and it’s quite short (but has plenty of context!). Arthur chooses it often and it’s one that I really enjoy reading to him, too.
Illustrated by Faye Hsu and published by Little Tiger Press, this children’s book explores love and courage as a little boy navigates his father being unwell in hospital, leaning on his new friend, the Starbird, for comfort. The illustrations are stunning and the book heartwarming.
Whilst not strictly about stars in the traditional sense, I wanted to include this book as it is such a lovely, heartwarming story. My son thinks the Starbird has ‘star magic’ and lives in the stars – I love his imagination and it fits the story quite well.
Buy it now: Noah and the Starbird
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Published by Orchard Books, Mole’s star explores kindness and sharing. The mole loves the stars so much, that he wants them all for himself, but when he discovers that all the other animals love the stars too, what will he do?
Being only 2 years old and starting to experience playgroups, sharing is a fairly new concept for my son. Seeing as we have a new addition to the family and Arthur has gained a new little sister, I’m keen for him to learn about sharing – not only his toys, but sharing all our family resources, including me! This is a lovely, gentle book to explore and explain why we share, and how the other children (or animals!) might feel if we take everything for ourselves. It also gently introduces the concept of using the resources of our world responsibility. I highly recommend this children’s book about stars to all families.
Published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, How to Catch a Star is a lovely children’s book about stars. It explores possibilities and disappointments, the ups and downs of a little boy adventuring to catch a star of his very own.
How to Catch a Ctar is a gentle way of introducing emotional highs and lows to children, exploring excitement and inspiration vs disappointment and upset. The illustrations are beautiful and simple, and only a few words on each page again encourages slow, gentle reading: perfect for a soothing bedtime story akin to a lullaby.
Buy it now: How to Catch a Star
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