Moon Week

Next week is Moon Week in Exploring Nature With Children. We are going to spend the week learning about the different phases of the moon, so I pulled some books to help us. Big Kid is very excited. She has been interested in the moon since she was big enough to look out the car window and see it most mornings.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle (F) – After Maria asks her father to get the moon for her, he finds the tallest ladder he can, only to find the moon is to big to bring back. Papa waits until the moon is just the right size, then brings it back for Maria.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin (F) – Told like a folktale (which it is not), this is the story of Star, a little girl who is told to stay away from the Big Mooncake she made with her mother. Night after night she nibbles the Mooncake until there is nothing left.  This is a fun way to introduce the phases of the moon.

Moon: A Peekthrough Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup (NF) – As you turn each page of this stunning picture book, you see the different phases of the moon peeking out at you.  You will also learn about the animals that come out at night and how the moon helps them.

This one is not about the phases of the moon, but is too perfect (moon & winter!) not to use this week.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen & John Schoenherr (F, C) – The timeless story of a daughter and father who walk through a snowy world into the woods at night in search of owls.  You can hear the silence, feel the woolen scarf around the girls neck, and imagine the excitement when they finally see an owl through the trees.

You can also check out the moon book list on the “book list” page for more fiction and nonfiction books about the moon.

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