Far Out Space Stories

Moon Man by Tomi Ungerer
"The King Who Wanted to Touch the Moon" from Magical Tales from Many Lands by Margaret Mayo
A Lot of Otters by Barbara Helen Berger
Greek myths about Helios and Selene from the D'Aulaires Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaires
"Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky" from How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? And Other Tales by Julius Lester
The Moon Was at a Fiesta by Matthew Gollub
Teaching Tip: Ask the kids, who would you rather be, the sun or the moon, and why? Then separate the "suns" from the "moons" and have them draw their suns with bright crayons and glitter or moons with white crayons and blue watercolor. (When we did it, we folded letter stationery in half and drew pictures on the top, reasons for our choices on the bottom.) Copy the poem "The Sun and the Moon" by Elaine Laron from Free to Be, You and Me and center it on to a bulletin board, then decorate with the "moon" artwork" on one side and the "sun" artwork on the other.
Why Do Stars Twinkle and Other Nighttime Questions by Catherine Ripley
The Star Maiden by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Wang Hu is in the Stars by Jennifer Armstrong
Call Me Ahnighito by Pam Conrad
Noah and the Space Ark by Laura Cecil
Space Case by Edward Marshall
Floating Home by Dave Getz
Laura's Star by Klaus Baumgart
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Can't Sleep by Chris Raschka
Company's Coming by Arthur Yorinks
Guys from Space by Daniel Pinkwater
Alistair in Outer Space by Marilyn Sadler
UFO Diary by Satoshi Kitamura
Monkey Business by J. Otto Seibold
Something Queer in Outer Space by Elizabeth Levy
My Place in Space by Robin and Sally Hirst
Space Songs by Myra Cohn Livingston
Teaching Tip: Students design their own alien, cut it out and add it to a class mural of a visiting spaceship. Makes a fun poster to put over an outer-space learning center!
Stinker from Space by Pamela Service (chapter book)
Space Race by Sylvia Waugh (chapter book)
Heading artwork by Edward Lai, 2nd grade.

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