Prepare for Totality!

By Kat La Mantia | February 14 2024 | BlogAdultsChildren'sGeneralAllGift

A total solar eclipse will be visible in the central and eastern United States on April 8! Cities like Dallas, Cleveland, and Buffalo will be right in the heart of the moon’s shadow, witnessing the full eclipse, while other major cities like New York City, Boston, DC, and Memphis will still see a spectacular 85-95% partial eclipse. For those that missed the 2017 American eclipse, April’s solar event is a must-see as a total eclipse won’t return to the US until 2045! Now is the time to check totality maps, get yourself a pair of eclipse glasses, and read up on this incredible celestial phenomenon.

Find our favorite books below for learning more about the sun, moon, stars, and even more astronomical wonders you can see in your own backyard!

More Solar Eclipse & Space Books

Our Sky's Most Dazzling Phenomenon
Discover the ancient myths and fascinating science of the world's most striking celestial phenomena—eclipses—in this educational, beautifully illustrated guide by the acclaimed author of What We See in the Stars.
$15.99 US
Feb 06, 2024
6 x 6
112 Pages
Ten Speed Press

What Is a Solar Eclipse?
Learn about the phenomenon of a solar eclipse just in time for the Great American Eclipse that will take place on April 8, 2024 in this title in the Who HQ Now series featuring newsmakers and trending topics.
$5.99 US
Feb 06, 2024
5-5/16 x 7-5/8
56 Pages
Penguin Workshop
Age 8-12 years

National Geographic Stargazer's Atlas
The Ultimate Guide to the Night Sky
$65.00 US
Oct 25, 2022
10-1/4 x 13-1/2
432 Pages
National Geographic

The Solar System
Discover the Mysteries of Our Sun and Neighboring Planets
A spectacular reference book for children ages 7-9 that explores our sun and the planets that surround it
$16.99 US
Nov 21, 2023
9 x 11
80 Pages
DK Children
Age 7-9 years

Welcome to the Museum
The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series turns its focus to the heavens and explores the wonders of space.Welcome to the museum that is always open to explore. Step inside the pages of this beautiful book to discover galleries of galactic matter, expertly curated to bring you the experience of a fascinating exhibition in the comfort of your own home. Planetarium features all aspects of space, from the sun and our solar system to the lives of stars, the Milky Way, and the universe beyond. With stunning artwork from Dinosaurium illustrator Chris Wormell and informative text by Raman Prinja, a professor of astrophysics at University College, London, Planetarium is the perfect gift for budding astronomers and armchair stargazers alike.
$37.99 US
Apr 09, 2019
10-11/16 x 14-9/16
112 Pages
Big Picture Press
Age 8-12 years

The Mysteries of the Universe
Discover the best-kept secrets of space
Travel to the furthest reaches of the Universe and visit 100 remarkable objects along the way with this stunning space book for curious kids aged 6-8.Space is so much bigger than young minds can fathom and there is always more to learn. The Mysteries of the Universe is a stunning space encyclopedia for young readers to explore, with reference pages packed with fascinating information, little learners will be captivated as they journey through the vastness of the Universe. From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page of this enthralling space book reveals the secrets behind more than 100 celestial objects, and will inspire  youngsters as they journey through the vastness of the Universe. Each celestial body is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love poring over the detailed close-up images.Get ready to explore fun facts and exciting new scientific discoveries as this best-selling picture book will illuminate imaginations and spark curious minds to explore the vastness of space. The engaging storybook-style descriptions and simple text shed a light on facts, myths, and key discoveries about the universe, perfect for children aged 6-8 to explore the wonders of our solar system and beyond.Celebrate your child’s curiosity as they:- Explore Beautiful illustrations and incredible photography that showcase the mysteries of space.- Reveal Engaging storybook-style descriptions that explain key discoveries about the universe- Uncover 100 remarkable objects in the cosmos.This space encyclopedia for children is the perfect blend of storybook style text with out of this world illustrations which makes it a fantastic space book for children who can't get enough of the solar system. Encourage early learners to go on a journey to explore a world of information, making this the ideal first reference book for kids aged 6-8 to enjoy for hours on end, whether reading with the family or reading alone, this fun fact book also doubles up as the perfect gift for curious kids who love to learn. Explore the vastness of space whilst uncovering: -Stunning Jacket Detail: gold foil, holographic foil & metallic gold edges-Striking photography & illustrations inside-A beautiful book for the whole family to treasure -A quality gift to be passed down through the generationsMore in the SeriesMysteries of the Universe is part of the beautiful and informative Anthology series. Complete the series and nurture your child's curiosity as they explore the natural world with The Wonders of Nature or let them walk with the dinosaurs who ruled the earth before them in Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life. 
$21.99 US
Sep 01, 2020
8-1/2 x 10-7/8
224 Pages
DK Children
Age 7-9 years

Simply Astronomy
Understanding astronomy has never been easier.
$16.99 US
Dec 21, 2021
5-13/16 x 8-1/4
160 Pages

Astronomy Activity Book for Kids
100+ Fun Ways to Learn About Space and Stargazing
Explore planets, stars, and constellations with this “out of this world” educational activity book for kids ages 5−7
$13.99 US
Sep 14, 2021
7 x 9
160 Pages
Z Kids
Age 5-7 years

National Geographic Backyard Guide to the Night Sky, 2nd Edition
Explore the star-studded cosmos with this fully updated, user-friendly skywatcher's guide, filled with charts, graphics, photographs, and expert tips for viewing -- and understanding -- the wonders of space.
$24.99 US
Mar 19, 2019
5-3/8 x 8
288 Pages
National Geographic