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Constellations for Kids


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KELSEY JOHNSON is a professor of astronomy and founding director of the award-winning Dark Skies, Bright Kids program. She has won numerous awards for her research, teaching, and promotion of science literacy. Her TED Talk on the importance of dark skies has more than 1.5 million views, and her writing has appeared in nationwide publications.


"This book is a great addition to classroom and home bookshelves. Constellations for Kids helps children learn tools to find the same patterns in the night sky (NGSS 1-ESS1-1, ESS1.A) and connects STEM and social studies through the stories ancient people imagined in the constellations. It inspires observing, imagining, and wondering about the universe we live in." --Danielle Harlow, Professor of Science Education, UC Santa Barbara

"I love Dr. Johnson's simple approach to helping kids learn the constellations. It should not only help kids appreciate the night sky but should also motivate them to learn more about astronomy and science and in general." --Jeffrey Bennett, Founder of Big Kid Science

"One of the most daunting tasks for a novice stargazer is learning to identify constellations. However, Kelsey Johnson makes it a snap with easy-to-understand directions, simple drawings, and fun descriptions of the stars. Constellations for Kids is your roadmap to the sky!" --Phil Plait, Founder of Bad Astronomy and author

"Constellations for Kids will appeal to the natural curiosity children bring to worlds beyond our own. The author has provided text and illustrations that are inviting and accessible to readers. Kelsey Johnson combines her deep knowledge of astronomy with her deep and passionate understanding of children. This book deserves a place in every elementary and middle school library." --Art Stow, Associate Middle School Principal

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