LONG LIST REVIEW: Star Finder For Beginners


With a foreword by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, this is a fabulous introduction to identifying constellations in the northern hemisphere. Starting with an explanation of 'the celestial sphere' and star movement, the book offers tips and advice for star gazers. 

Having established that we live in a rural area, which is good for stargazing, I settled in a comfy garden chair with my book and a cup of tea to see just how easy it was to use!

The book is organised into four 'routes' around the stars- one for each season- so I chose route four, Cygnus to Serpens Caput, which is for the summer. For each constellation, there is a clear diagram drawn on a picture of the stars, an explanation of how and where to find it and an explanation of how it was given its name. As you progress on your journey through the skies, each constellation you have been introduced to is depicted across the bottom of the page to help you navigate your route through the stars. There is a view of the night sky showing how all the constellations fit together before a final spread showing just the stars to help the reader practise locating the constellations on before heading outside. Each section has been carefully thought through and is designed to be as helpful as possible. 

The final section looks at other objects that light up the night sky- the moon, the Milky Way, other planets. Each section is beautifully illustrated with photographs and line drawings of the object or character each constellation represents. With a clear glossary and index, the book is really very easy to use and extremely helpful to the novice and more experienced star hunter alike. 

Perfect for inspiring interest in space for KS2 science work and for using at home. this is a wonderful book which is sure to capture the interest and imagination! 

Star Finder for Beginners: A Step by Step Guide to the Night Sky

Foreword by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

DK ISBN: 978-0241286838