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Add these books about the sun to your preschool units about the weather or seasons. You can also add them to your Letter Ss lesson plans.
Picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, serve an important role in your daily preschool schedule. They’re a great way to introduce, teach, and reinforce your themes and topics.
Use this collection of books to teach about the sun, its place in the solar system, and how it affects the seasons.
Books About the Sun
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that will help your preschooler learn about the sun.
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
The Sun – With striking, full-color photos and just the right amount of text, this series immediately involves young readers as they discover intriguing facts about the fascinating world around them.
Energy from the Sun – Discover how energy from the sun provides us with heat, light, plants, food and other things necessary for life on Earth.
The Sun is My Favorite Star – There are many stars in the galaxy. But only the sun wakes us in the morning, helps us grow, plays hide-and-seek behind the clouds, and paints pretty pictures in the evening sky.
I Am the Sun – Introduces kids to the basic concepts of Space and Earth science while also teaching how important the Sun is to our very existence here on Earth.
The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal – This funny and factual picture book explains every part of the Sun’s big job: keeping our solar system together, giving Earth day and night, keeping us warm, and more. In fact, the Sun does so much for us that we wouldn’t be alive without it.
Sun! One in a Billion – Meet Sun: He’s a star! And not just any star―he’s one in a billion. He lights up our solar system and makes life possible.
The Sun: Our Nearest Star – The sun brings heat, warmth, and energy to the Earth. What is the sun made of? How big is it? How far away? Read and find out!
Sunshine Makes the Seasons – Find out how the light from the sun affects life on the earth for all living things in this look at the only star in our solar system.
Sun and Moon – Sun and Moon have always held their own places in the sky, but after a lifetime of darkness Moon wants to trade. Sun agrees, but only if first Moon takes a careful look at his night, before making his final decision.
Sun Up, Sun Down – Simple language and bold illustrations make this a fun and informative book about the sun.
Under Alaska’s Midnight Sun – In the far northern parts of the world, near and above the Arctic Circle, summer days are very long. In Barrow, Alaska, for example, the sun rises in May and sets 83 days later, in early August. During this time, the sun shines all through the night.
Which of these books about the sun will you read first?
Let’s Track What You’re Reading!
It’s fun to track what you read to your preschoolers throughout the school year. It’s even more fun to have your preschoolers track the books they enjoyed.
Parents and teachers can use the Reading Tracker to record the titles of each book they read as well as the date and number of pages.
Children can use the My Book Review page to track the books they listen to and then color a face to show whether they liked each book or not.
If you track what you read, you’ll be amazed at how many books you read each day and month!
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities
This bright, colorful seven-piece painted rock sunshine set makes a fun preschool puzzle as it’s simple and can be assembled in any order. Great tool for color recognition!
Kids will love learning about colors with this sun print. It’s a fun and bright learning tool, perfect for classrooms, playrooms and nurseries.