Imagination and Supporting Books
An article from the Associated Press that appeared in the local paper here back on July 3, 2006 highlighted a number of books that focused on stars at night. Star-gazing along with cloud watching are two of the best summer time diversions I can think of for building imaginations for bored youngsters. Plus, they can be done anywhere, anytime of the day, and they are free to all participants. The books mentioned in the article, which for some reason I can’t seem to link to now, included titles such as Seeing Stars by Dandi Mackall, Star Climbing by Lou Fancher, and Constellations: A Glow in the Dark Guide to the Night Sky by Chris Sasaki. The age range was listed as 4 to 8 years. I have not read any of these, but from the descriptions they would be worth checking out from the library. Also, see if you can find any good books to use with cloud watching. One of my favorites I mentioned here before is that of Sector 7 by David Wiesner. Now, you don’t need books to have a good time watching the stars at night or clouds in the sky during the day, but it is a fun way to extend the activity and bonding time.