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!
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 The illustrations have a vintage feel without feeling out of date and the text is clear and accessible to those both little and big.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).
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.
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!) 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.