11 Picture Books About The Solar Eclipse

During the last eclipse in 2017, we lived in North Carolina and were close to the path of totality. What a fun experience that was! We gathered with our homeschool friends and watched the phenomenon happen together. Now we will be right along the path again for this 2024 eclipse and my kids are so excited. You can get excited along with us with these picture books about the solar eclipse.

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Eclipse by Andy Rash

Eclipse

 

This book is based off a dad and son’s adventure of viewing the eclipse. Packed with beautiful illustrations, a bunch of awesome learning material about eclipses, and some really good reminders of how important family is, this is hands down a must have to prepare your family to enjoy the eclipse together.

A Few Beautiful Minutes by Kate Allen Fox

A Few Beautiful Minutes: Experiencing a Solar Eclipse

 

A beautiful creation of poetic prose, this book reminds us of the beauty of how the world changes around us, and how we should safely stop to view it. Even if it is just for a few moments, minutes, or seconds, safety is important. And this beautifully illustrated book teaches our kids why.

When the Sun Goes Dark by Andrew Fraknoi

When the Sun Goes Dark

 

This book creates fun hands-on ideas for family learning. As the kids and grandparents in the book recreate the solar eclipse with living room furniture and toys, you can also. Use this book to spur some ideas, and get kinesthetic!

Sunpainters by Baje

Sunpainters: Eclipse of the Navajo Sun

 

A beautiful book that can be used to tie in art and Native American studies with your solar eclipse learning. The illustrations in this book are absolutely breathtaking, and of course, rabbit trailing to learn about the Navajo tribes is something we always will recommend.

Eclipse: How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity by Darcy Pattison

Eclipse: How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Proved Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity (Moments in Science)

 

Prepare to get scientific with this beautifully illustrated book about how British astronomer Arthur Stanley Eddington traveled to photograph the eclipse to prove Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. Great for young learners and older learners alike. This would make a great science trial journey as you explore the eclipse.

Sun and Moon: A Giant Love Story by Lisa Desimini

Sun & Moon: A Giant Love Story

 

Only a solar eclipse can bring the girl afraid of light and the boy afraid of the dark, together. This book is a beautiful learning opportunity to talk about loneliness and the importance of friendship and companionship as a need in our lives.

Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations by Meg Thacher

Sky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Stars, Eclipses, and Constellations

 

A must have for all ages of learners, this beautifully illustrated book is a guide to the sky. Look through the binoculars of these pages at not just the eclipse, but also at the sun, moon, stars, and constellations of the sky. If you have a child exploring astronomy, or maybe even have our Rabbit Trails Through Science: Space curriculum, I encourage you to grab this asap! It’s a must have.

Eclipse: Our Sky’s Most Dazzling Phenomenon by Kelsey Oseid

Eclipse: Our Sky's Most Dazzling Phenomenon

 

What do other cultures believe the eclipse represents? How do scientists examine a solar eclipse? What makes a solar eclipse happen? If you have inquisitive children like me, this book is for you! Multi-layered learning is evident in this beautifully illustrated and written book about scientific studies, ancient folklore and myths, and much more.

Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story by Jayme Sandberg

Total Solar Eclipse: A Stellar Friendship Story

 

A beautiful and cute book to add to your eclipse collection, this book goes beyond the science of the sky. Friendship, relationships, and the unique bond of the sun and moon are made evident in these rich illustrations. This book would make for great STEAM learning, along with a social studies and morals lesson, too.

Magical and Unusual Solar Eclipse by Silvia Piccinotti

Magical and Unusual Solar Eclipse

 

Look up, and what do you see? The magic of a solar eclipse soon to be! This beautiful book is great for young and older learners alike (adults too), as it will help prepare your entire family for how to enjoy the phenomenon of the eclipse that is to happen soon.

Solar Eclipse: Illustrated Astronomy Book for Kids: A Child’s Guide to the Wonders of Solar Eclipses by Nicole Damon

Solar Eclipse: Illustrated Astronomy Book for Kids: A Child's Guide to the Wonders of Solar Eclipses

 

A learners guide to solar eclipses, you could use this as a spine as you dive into a Rabbit Trails journey of your own accord. Beautifully illustrated, written with wit and excitement, this is a great book to end our list with as it ties up science, art, and all the phenomenal fun together. You also can grab this one on Kindle for free right now, too!

Picture Books About The Solar Eclipse

That wraps up our list of picture books about solar eclipses! Don’t forget to share with us your family favorites, as well as what learning lessons you’re preparing, as you get ready for April 8th’s awesome eclipse. Let us know down in the comments or inside of our online homeschool community. Happy viewing!

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