Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Ladybird Tuesday - The Ladybird Book of The Night Sky

I love how Ladybird books take complicated subjects and condense all that information into a format that is easy for children to understand, yet without any dumbing down. I learned an awful lot from reading The Night Sky. It's in series 536 - A Ladybird Nature Book, and was first published in 1965. Of course things have moved on a bit since then, but most of the information is still relevant and accurate (apart from the demotion of poor Pluto from being a planet of course).

vintage Ladybird book night sky

The book was written in a time when there was a lot less light pollution in the sky, and I'm not sure that a stargazer today would be able to see quite as much. But there is plenty of information in the book to help you spot lots of different planets, stars and constellations.

vintage Ladybird book night sky

I've challenged myself to identify some more constellations, and this book is going to be a big help as the only constellation that I can currently reliably find is Orion.

vintage Ladybird book night sky

The Night Sky is packed with fascinating information. I'll definitely be re-reading it myself, as well as sharing it with the children as they start to take an interest in the skies.


  1. A friend recently bought me a copy of this and I was actually thinking of taking it out into the garden on a clear night and seeing what I can spot!

    1. It's such a good book, really helpful hints for how to find what you are looking for!


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