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#1 Mkofski

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:18 PM

Any recommendations on books that would be good for my 7 year old granddaughter? Printed books would be best but ebooks are a possibility as she has access to her mon's iPad.


Looking for planets, the Moon and DSO's with pictures and descriptions.

Thanks,

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:57 PM

I find Smithsonian Handbooks: Stars & Planets by Ian Ridpath to be a really nice general overview. It's a Dorling Kindersley book, so it has a nice layout with short paragraphs and lots of pictures. It may be more advanced than a 7-year old can use... but she could grow into it, too.

http://www.barnesand.../1115977750?...

The Night Sky by Carole Stott, also a Doring Kindersley book, might be a better choice.

http://www.barnesand...?ean=9781564...

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 11:46 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Just ordered both of them. She just expressed an interest in getting out under the stars with me. Maybe this will encourage her a bit.

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 12:31 PM

A good source for kids is NASA Kids Club and NASA's Space Place.

I particularly like the Space Place page. It has coloring books, activities, videos, puzzles and so much more that kids can do on electronic devices. :)

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Posted 30 June 2014 - 08:06 PM

There are 2 good children's books by H.A.Rey
The Stars: A New Way to See Them
Find the Constellations.

H.A. Ray wrote the Curious George books.

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Posted 01 July 2014 - 09:25 PM

Erika & rookie. Thanks for the suggestions. I have the books on order and I'll get her on the web sites. She is better on her iPad than I am.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:50 PM

Mike, Please post some feedback on what she enjoys best.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:36 PM

Not strictly astronomy but my 7 year old really likes: "Space in 30 Seconds: 30 Super-Stellar Subjects For Cosmic Kids Explained in Half a Minute" by Clive Gifford.


http://www.amazon.co...rens/dp/1908...

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 08:19 AM

Another good book; 'There's No Place Like Space'. A Cat-in-the-Hat book.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 01:44 PM

Thanks Jerry. I ordered the book last night.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 01:45 PM

I had a problem with the first order and the books should be here in a week or so. I'll let you know what her favorites are.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 01:46 PM

Thanks for the recommendation. I have the book ordered,it looks like a good one.

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 12:16 AM

Well, I ended up with 4 books for my 7 year old (very smart) granddaughter. She hasn't seen them yet but here's my take...

1. Night Sky by Carole Stott. This one looks just about right. Maybe a little over her head if she was reading it alone but not too much.

2. Stars and Planets by Ian Ridpath. A lot over the head of a 7 year old but it should be great in a very few years if she does get interested in astronomy.

3. There's No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe. A nice little Hat in the Cat book that would be a little more suited for a younger reader.

4. Space in 30 Seconds by Clive Gifford. This is the one that looks best to me. Lots of drawings rather than photographs and the text is aimed at a higher level than Cat in the Hat. I'll quiz her on the Big Bang, Super Nova, the Solar System, etc. and see how she does. Maybe I'll understand the Big Bang a bit better also.

I have 2 other books on order (thanks rookie) and I'll let you know how she likes all of them. I may be going a bit overboard here.

Thanks for everyone's input!

Mike






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