Night Sky Watcher Giveaway

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The night sky has held the attention of human beings since long before history began to be recorded. The myths and legends of various world cultures originated in the night sky, or found a place among the stars.  Stories of space travel and the mysteries we might encounter in the unknown universe have become part of popular culture, and while it is a passing fascination for some, others devote their lives to researching the cosmos and all of the wonders it holds. With this in mind we have gathered together a little collection of night sky inspired resources (that are well used and loved in our own homes) to give away here on Mud Puddles. We hope to inspire your own little explorers to look up and be taken in by the stars!

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Wishing on a Star is part of an extensive outdoors inspired series and this compact book packs a lot into a little package. It not only gives a sense of the history behind the constellations, but also includes some very fun star-related projects from kite making to the creation of a constellation theater (complete with props and a play). This book is sure to inspire little star gazers to learn more.

We adore Golden Guides in general, and this star guide is no exception. The illustrations have a vintage feel without feeling out of date and the text is clear and accessible to those both little and big. It is a much needed addition to any home filled with curious kiddos (and their adults, for that matter).

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The Night Sky Guide, complete with a glow-in-the-dark map of the constellations (for the northern hemisphere), is a handy little laminated guide that makes time outside in the dark a little less scary and a lot more inviting. It includes stars that glow and concise descriptions of just what you are looking at up there. There is also a great section explaining how to navigate the night sky using your hand as a celestial ruler.

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Today we are giving away this wonderful night sky collection to one lucky Mud Puddles reader.

– If you would like to enter please leave a comment on this post.  And, if so inclined, share your favorite memory or feature of the night sky with us. (Be sure to leave your email address in the area allocated for that in the comment form so that we can contact you!)

– For extra entries, like us, follow us, or share on your favorite social media site (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc…), then come back here to tell us what you did in another comment.

Comments will be closed the evening of Monday, March 31st and a winner will be announced Tuesday, April 1st

Note: Those of you in the southern hemisphere can find a guide to the southern night sky in our Mud Puddles to Meteors bookshop.


Thank you for all of your amazing comments. It is wonderful to read about so many memories, and memories in the making, surrounding the night sky!

The randomly chosen winner is Tamara who said:

What a great give-away! We actually have the Wishing on a Star book from the library right now – we just need a clear night…

Best memories are always with my boys reading glow-in-the-dark constellations books at bedtime, pointing out Orion next to the moon and figuring out where Centaurus (L’s favourite) is in the Southern hemisphere.

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  • Steve March 28, 2014, 6:42 am

    The kids love “Wishing on a Star”, and the other two look great as well! Thanks for doing this.

    My favorite has always been Pleiades, and it was the first constellation that I learned to identify. (My grandfather was the one that showed me, and I’ve always associated them with him since. :)

  • amy March 28, 2014, 8:04 am

    (I will tweet too.) G has been very interested in space lately, thanks to Cosmos. We have already hit the library for space books a couple of times and she is doing some neat things! I’m planning to post about it next week. I know she’d love these books. We’re also up to the Age of Exploration in history and it all ties in together so nicely!

    I like Orion because it’s the only constellation I can reliably spot. :-)

    • Steve March 28, 2014, 8:09 am

      If you follow the line in Orion’s belt, it will lead you to Pleiades. :)

  • Julie March 28, 2014, 8:21 am

    What a great giveaway! Last summer, my two oldest children and I had fun staying up and watching the Perseid meteor shower. We saw several meteors and had a great time together.

  • Yanic March 28, 2014, 8:33 am

    So I shared on FB and Pinterest!!!

    What a great giveaway… My own night time sky memories are so many : Seeing my first Aurora Borealis when I was a kid, meteor showers while laying on the beach where my dad is from, my first lunar eclipse… But my favorite memory of the night time sky with my kids has to be the first time my daughter noticed the man-in-the-moon… That was awesome!

    Thank you for the great opportunity to win these books. :-)

  • Amy March 28, 2014, 9:21 am

    Love this giveaway! Finding the Big Dipper is one of the first things my kids have been able to identify (followed by Orion’s Belt). At this time of year, the Big Dipper hangs directly over our house, so we can see that as we take our dogs for one final walk at night. :-)

    I’ve liked you on Facebook and Pinterest.

  • Jen March 28, 2014, 10:15 am

    We love watching the stars at night. Ree is fascinated with the moon all the sudden. She gets SO excited when she can see it during the day as well! For the past few years, in August, my husband and I have a standing middle of the night date to go out on the back deck to watch the Persoid Meteor shower together. (I don’t think I’ve spelled that right!)

    I’ve liked you on both Twitter & FB and I’m off to go tweet about it now! :-)

  • Kim March 28, 2014, 10:44 am

    Thanks so much guys, such a great giveaway! So many night sky memories, but one of my favs is the first night laying out under the stars with my little man. Watching the moon rise, and the stars begin to shine…it was magical.

  • Kim March 28, 2014, 10:45 am

    I follow you on Twitter and like you on FB :)

  • KC March 28, 2014, 11:05 am

    I love this! Enter me please! The sky’s out here in Arizona are stunning. Once when I was 11 we were at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and we went outside to see the stars and there were so many stars it took my breath away! It looked like millions of stars. We even saw the dustiness of the milky way.

  • Julie@forestpoppy March 28, 2014, 11:30 am

    My favourite night sky memories are of learning the main constellations with my dad – I hope my kids will ahve similar favourite memories! This looks like a lovely little collection.

  • Nancy March 28, 2014, 11:50 am

    I would love to win

  • Rachelle W (@inspiritedmama) March 28, 2014, 12:00 pm

    My favorite memory of the sky is camping in middle/northern BC. I’d gone to bed, and for some reason decided to pop my head outside the tent and look up. I was blown away. In that moment I fell in love with the night sky.

  • Rachelle W (@inspiritedmama) March 28, 2014, 12:02 pm

    I liked you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Shared the contest on all three and G+

  • sherry March 28, 2014, 12:13 pm

    these would come in handy for teaching my 2 year old granddaughter about the night sky

  • Kim March 28, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Shared on FB :)

  • Meryl March 28, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Most certainly spending a night in August outside each year watching the Perseids with my dad.

  • Meryl March 28, 2014, 12:45 pm

    And I tweeted and Facebooked! :)

  • Jen March 28, 2014, 3:18 pm

    Just realized you asked for a separate comment with the social media stuff. I follow on twitter & FB and I tweeted about the giveaway earlier :-)

  • Sara R. March 28, 2014, 4:17 pm

    When I was 8 I saw a shooting star on the drive to the beach…and the next day I “found” that star (rock shaped like a star!). I was SO convinced! I still have it somewhere…

  • Sara R. March 28, 2014, 4:17 pm

    I follow you on FB and Pinterest. :)

  • Steve March 28, 2014, 5:55 pm

    I follow you on twitter, and tweeted about it. :)

    I like you too…but I don’t do facebook. ;)

  • Jocilyn March 28, 2014, 11:12 pm

    My daughter just got a telescope for Christmas! She would love this!

  • Abbey @ Surviving Our Blessings March 29, 2014, 8:35 am

    My trio of little astronomers would love these resources.
    My favorite recent night sky memory is packing all the kids in the car in their pj’s to go look for the aurora borealis Ina night when they were supposed to (maybe) be visible in our area. We drove and sang songs and talked and gazed at the sky and ate snacks. We never saw any aurora, but it was great fun, anyway!

  • Abbey @ Surviving Our Blessings March 29, 2014, 8:42 am

    I shared this on FB, twitter and Pinterest.

  • Abbey @ Surviving Our Blessings March 29, 2014, 8:48 am

    Also- just liked/followed you on FB, twitter and Pinterest. I’m so glad to have found your site!

  • tamara March 29, 2014, 10:33 am

    What a great give-away! We actually have the Wishing on a Star book from the library right now – we just need a clear night…

    Best memories are always with my boys reading glow-in-the-dark constellations books at bedtime, pointing out Orion next to the moon and figuring out where Centaurus (L’s favourite) is in the Southern hemisphere.

  • tamara March 29, 2014, 10:35 am

    …aaaand posted to twitter and FB. Wow, look at all these comments! A lot of star lovers – yay!

  • Debbie N March 29, 2014, 11:44 am

    I homeschool, and my middle child is reading through H.A. Rey’s “Find the Constellations” and it has created this really cool astronomer in my ten year old. She has learned to identify constellations and has turned into quite the stargazer. We would love to win this bundle. thank you!

  • Emma March 29, 2014, 1:13 pm

    How awesome my boys would love this the.night sky holds so much
    Magic for us all and such Fantastic resources Wonderful giveaway :)

  • JenML March 29, 2014, 1:56 pm

    We’ve put energy and attention into learning about birds this year — and our work is paying off — we can finally identify a few now!

    Recently, we went to an observatory, and not only could we spot the Big Dipper standing on it’s handle, we identified Orion for the first time! Spurred by our birding success, we are ready to tackle the night sky!

    We love your site and share it with friends all the time!

  • Heather M March 29, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Love looking at the night sky with my boys! We love staring at the moon!

  • Heather M March 29, 2014, 2:56 pm

    Liked on facebook

  • Tara kerwin March 29, 2014, 4:20 pm

    I’m Tamara’s cousin and I stalk her on facebook following her on her homeschool journey.

    My daughter loves looking at the stars and learning about the planets and stars. She can’t wait to go to the ” night time museum”, also know as the planetarium. Unfortunately, ours is closed till 2018 for renovations so I am hoping that these books will help keep her interest alive.

  • Tara kerwin March 29, 2014, 4:25 pm

    Shared on facebook

  • Tara kerwin March 29, 2014, 4:27 pm

    My daughter loves looking and learning about the planets and the stars. She can’t wait to go to the ” night time museum” AKA planetarium, but ours is closed till 2018. I am hoping that books like this help keep her interest alive.

  • Tammi March 29, 2014, 4:43 pm

    This would be a great resource for our astronomy study.
    I remember laying on the ground, as a child, and looking up at the night sky with friends. I have always been fascinated about what is visible and beyond what we can see.

  • Lisa A March 29, 2014, 5:51 pm

    What a great giveaway – especially with summer coming! We love to stargaze here. When I was younger we used to go camping and it was amazing to just lay back and watch the sky come alive. I can’t wait to be able to do that with my kids (they’re still pretty little so we haven’t gone camping just yet). :)

  • Andrea Mummert March 29, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Thank you for this blog.

  • Chelsea W March 29, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I have great memories of laying in combined soybean fields on my back and searching for constellations…this guide looks like a great way to foster that with my own children.

  • Chelsea W March 29, 2014, 10:24 pm

    I like you on facebook and follow on pinterest.

  • Robin March 30, 2014, 3:28 am

    Love meteor showers…it looks like it’s raining stars:0)
    Thanks for the great give away!

  • Abby March 30, 2014, 2:41 pm

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

  • Abby March 30, 2014, 2:42 pm

    I follow on Pinterest.

  • Charmaine March 30, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Love this giveaway! This isn’t a specific memory, but I love how my youngest (he’s 3) just loves the moon, like it’s the most exciting thing in the world. My oldest has been really into mythology over the last few years so it’s been fun learning about some of the stories behind the stars! Thanks!

  • Charmaine March 30, 2014, 5:53 pm

    Oh, and I’m off to tweet this! :)

  • Jennifer G Miller March 30, 2014, 6:04 pm

    We enjoy recognizing the constellations. After one trip to the planetarium it made star gazing much easier to understand.

  • Sarah B. March 30, 2014, 9:19 pm

    Our oldest daughter loves crescent moons – not sure why, but she’s always disappointed if she notices the moon and it isn’t a crescent.

  • Allison March 30, 2014, 11:03 pm

    We are always watching the phases of the moon around here. We have a chart and keep track of it and it such a fun family activity! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  • Amy WK March 31, 2014, 12:01 am

    When I was a little girl, my mom and dad and I would drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, not far outside Asheville, NC, and head for a scenic lookout along the Parkway with an unobstructed and dark view of the night sky. We would park the car, get our sleeping bags out and put them on the warm hood of the car (because it was cool at night even in the summer up there) and crawl in — at least I would. I remember laying on the hood of our car this way on my tummy and schooching up to our modest Sears telescope, which my dad had mounted on a little tripod and pointed at the stars or the moon and whatever planets we could find. We would then use flashlights to check our Golden Guide so we could identify what we were seeing. I think I fell asleep a few times on that car!

  • jm March 31, 2014, 12:06 am

    My favorite memory of the night sky is seeing Halley’s Comet with my mom.

  • christina March 31, 2014, 8:45 am

    What a perfect way to introduce – and re-introduce – our vast night sky to my little ones. Makes me excited for warm weather and star-filled summer nights.

  • Gina March 31, 2014, 9:14 am

    This would be a great gift for my grandson. I remember always looking for the North Star as a child.

  • Karne March 31, 2014, 11:36 am

    What a wonderful give-away! My favorite recollection of the night sky is when I was a young girl. We had stayed up late and I saw the northern lights for the first time. At first I was frightened and thought perhaps they were aliens! The colors were amazing, they danced brilliantly. I hope to one day share them with my children.

  • Alejandra March 31, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Lovely opportunity! Being here in Wyoming, we have plenty of nights throughout the year to enjoy a starry sky, winning these materials would be wonderful!

  • mary March 31, 2014, 2:27 pm

    My kinders would love this, I have fond memories of laying on the lawn and looking up at the night sky. Still do on occasion.

  • Lise March 31, 2014, 2:57 pm

    I would love a chance to win this collection; thank you so much!
    I have fond memories of lying in the backyard with my sisters and father and H.A.Ray’s star book, while my dad used a flashlight to try to point out the constellations to us.

  • jenny March 31, 2014, 3:32 pm

    oh my 8 year old loves the sky so much. she astounds me with all her reading on the solar system…we were camping last autumn and a local group was out with their very fancy telescope and we got to see Saturn! not at all when I expected it to look like thru the scope thank you for a chance.

  • Rosemarie March 31, 2014, 5:18 pm

    The books look wonderful.

  • Amy M. March 31, 2014, 7:47 pm

    My little guy is studying astronomy and space in Kindergarten right now so this would be so fun!!! He and I both love the constellation of ORION.

  • Amy M. March 31, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I “like” you on Facebook!

  • Danielle F April 1, 2014, 12:09 am

    I’ve always loved astronomy! My favorite aspect of the night sky is Aurora Borrealis.

  • Danielle F April 1, 2014, 12:11 am

    I liked your fb page and follow all your boards on Pinterest.

  • Chiska April 1, 2014, 12:44 am

    For me it was the first time I saw the Moon through a telescope. I still feel awe when I think about it. My very favorite memory was walking home from a school concert and overhearing a little boy say, “Mom! I see three stars together!” That still makes me smile.

  • Mary-Jo April 1, 2014, 3:42 am

    These resources would be amazing to bring camping, would love to have them for our family!

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