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The Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System

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A nonfiction picture book that explores a very important star--the sun! Kids ages 5 to 8 listen as the Universe explains key facts about our cosmic lifeline!

There are trillions of stars in the universe, but one is particularly important to people on planet Earth--our sun. Without it, there'd be no humans, no animals, no plants--no life whatsoever! Earth would be dark, cold, and empty. That's a pretty bleak picture! In Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System, the Universe itself explains the relationship between the sun and Earth. Kids ages 5 through 8 discover how the sun's place in the solar system gives us the days, seasons, and years we experience on our planet. They learn alongside funny alien characters how the sun supports life on our planet and how it's related to the weather. The Universe, a friendly and knowledgeable narrator, discusses complex scientific concepts in a way that children find easy to understand while the aliens offer a running commentary that's hilariously entertaining. Plus, a poem at the beginning encourages language arts connections! Layered text, informative illustrations, fun facts, and a hands-on science-minded activity offer deeper exploration of the sun and its importance to Earth. Perfect as a read aloud or for beginner readers, with a glossary to support language development. Sun: Shining Star of the Solar System is part of a set of four books in the Picture Book Science series that explore our incredible solar system. Other titles in this series include Stars: A Gazillion Suns ; Earth: One-of-a-Kind Planet ; and Moon: Small but Mighty Neighbor .

Provides layered text and back matter that encourage more in-depth discovery

Promotes a sense of awe and wonder in astronomy

Uses humor to engage children's attention

Promotes cross-curriculum learning through poetry

Includes a hands-on, science-minded project to help support and reinforce deeper learning

Meets Next Generation Science Standards in Earth's Place in the Universe and Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles for grades K through 3.  
About the Picture Book Science series and Nomad Press Nomad Press books in the Picture Book Science series present real-world examples of science topics kids find fascinating! These nonfiction picture books consist of engaging narratives paired with detailed, accurate illustrations and layered text that offers ample opportunity for discussion and reflection. Elementary-aged children are equipped to recognize basic science concepts and identify the different ways they are demonstrated in real life, while being impressed with the idea that science is a constant part of our lives and not limited to classrooms and laboratories. All books are leveled for Guided Reading level and Lexile and align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. All titles are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats.

32 pages, Paperback

Published March 15, 2021

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Laura Perdew

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I am a mom, author, writing consultant, and former middle school teacher. I write fiction and nonfiction for kids, including over 30 books for the education market on a variety of topics including wetland conservation, renewable energy, extinction, and animal adaptations. BIODIVERSITY: EXPLORE THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE ON EARTH (Nomad Press, 2019) earned a starred review from Booklist and is a Junior Library Guild selection. My first fiction picture book is THE FORT (Page Street Kids, 2020). My goal is to inspire the next generation of conservationists through books.

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