Engaging Non-Fiction for the Young Reader #2

Are You a Budding Astronomer? Check-out Two New Books to Keep You Fascinated with Astronomy

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery by Margaret A. Weitekamp with David DeVorkin
Book cover for Pluto's SecretIs the information on how Pluto became a planet and then wasn't confusing for you? Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery by Margaret A. Weitekamp with David DeVorkin explores the discovery of Pluto and how it came to be a planet and then was determined not to be one.

In fun and accessible language, you will learn about famous astronomers and some solar terms such as Kuiper Belt. This book reads quickly and provides short definitions for solar terms worth knowing.

It is a great book for any kid (or adult) curious about the configurations of our universe.


Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh
Book cover for Look Up! Henrietta LeavittAnd if you are really curious about our universe and want to possibly become an astronomer, Look Up!: Henrietta Leavitt, Pioneering Woman Astronomer by Robert Burleigh is an inspiring story about a woman astronomer.

Although there was not much early support for her endeavors to pursue astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt excelled at the tedious tasks given to her at the Harvard Observatory where she worked. Her tenacity paid off and her meticulous measurements and observances led the way for the measurements of stars in greater distances. Because of her discovery we can measure the size of the Milky Way.

Don’t know what the Milky Way is? Check out Look Up! and learn other fun facts from it and the supporting information at its conclusion.

-- Carmen Boston, Children's Librarian