Astronomy

christensen igalileo 231x300 AstronomyChristensen, Bonnie I, Galileo
Gr. K-3   40 pp. Knopf (Random House Children’s Books) 2012
More straightforward if less individual than Peter Sis’s Starry Messenger, this is an excellent introduction to the scientist. The illustrations not only give geographical and historical context for Galileo’s ideas and experiments but also convey the arc of the narrative. Diagrams illustrating some of Galileo’s key concepts are clear and executed in a harmonious style. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Individual Biographies; Scientists; Physics; Italy; Astronomy; Galileo

decristofano BlackHoleCover 227x300 AstronomyDeCristofano, Carolyn Cinami A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole
Gr. 4-6   75 pp. Charlesbridge 2012
Illustrated by Michael Carroll. In this captivating book on black holes, complicated abstract ideas are logically ordered and clarified in an inviting conversational style and with inspired uses of reasoning and analogies perfectly attuned to the target audience. Well-designed layouts include illustrations, historical images, helpful diagrams, and humorous text bubbles that add levity while underscoring major concepts. Timeline. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy; Astronomy–Black holes

fox olderthanthestars 300x253 AstronomyFox, Karen C. Older than the Stars
Gr. K-3   32 pp. Charlesbridge 2010
Illustrated by Nancy Davis. Fox explains the fascinating-yet-true concept that the atoms that make up our bodies, our earth, and even our universe are the same that have existed since the Big Bang. In an assemblage of brightly colored graphic art, the formation of matter from the origins of the universe to its combination into atoms, elements, stars, planets, and life is shown in sequence. Timeline. Glos.
Subjects: Astronomy; Astronomy–Cosmology; Astronomy–Universe

goldsmith thekingfisherspaceencyclopedia 220x279 AstronomyGoldsmith, Mike The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia
Gr. 4-6   160 pp. Kingfisher/Macmillan (Macmillan) 2012
This overview of space science contains factual tidbits about a range of astronomy topics, from planets in our solar system to stars and galaxies beyond, as well as coverage of the past, present, and future technologies used by humans to explore the universe. Each two-page layout contains a variety of facts and definitions spread across color illustrations of varying sizes. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy; Space

miller sevenwondersbeyondthesolarsystem 242x300 AstronomyMiller, Ron Seven Wonders Beyond the Solar System
Middle school
80 pp. Twenty-First Century 2011
Miller, Ron Seven Wonders of the Gas Giants and Their Moons
Middle school   80 pp. Twenty-First Century 2011
Miller, Ron Seven Wonders of the Rocky Planets and Their Moons
Middle school   80 pp. Twenty-First Century 2011
Seven Wonders series. In these well-organized volumes, Miller covers the basics of planetary science and star formation in addition to looking more closely at interesting elements of the bodies in the solar system (e.g., rings of Saturn, mountains on Mars). Sharp color-enhanced images and artist renderings portray planetary and stellar features for astronomy buffs. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Astronomy; Space; Astronomy–Planets; Astronomy—Moon

From the October 2012 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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