Tuesday, January 28, 2020

April Sayre’s Book Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust

At sunrise, the sun,

low in the sky,

peeks through dusty air.

Dust from us and dirt and


scatters light, painting the

sky like fire.

This nonfiction book weaves together stars, sunsets, comets, meteors, dust, dinosaurs, daily activities and even, in a small way, Martin Luther King. Read this book and think big about very small things. Learn how bits of all of us and all that we do help create the colors of the sunset.

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Awards & Recognition
  • ALA Notable Book, 2005
  • Winner, Prize for Excellence in Science Books awarded by AAAS/SB&F/Subaru
  • Sayre conveys a sense of wonder at the many small things... This book is ideal for classroom use, and is both straightforward enough for preschoolers and fascinating enough to capture the interest of older elementary students." Review by Kathleen Kelly Macmillan -Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • -A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • Book of the Week "Poetry and science grace one another in a lyrical picture book about dust...Dust may be small, but Sayre invites readers to consider it as an extraordinary element in the grand scheme of nature." -Cooperative Children's Book Center
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ISBN 0-06-057188-8
Publish Date:
Fall, 2005


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