Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Fall Asleep With an Astronaut
Fall Asleep With an Astronaut
Fall Asleep and Dream of the Stars
Scott Kelly's Goodnight, Astronaut, his second picture book for young readers, is a must-have for bedtime reading. Young readers will be delighted with the adventures from the story that they can fall asleep with and create their own dreams with the stars. Kelly writes this story as a memoir of his life. He bases his story on adventures with his twin brother, Mark, as they played in their treehouse in their backyard and made cardboard helmets to wear as astronauts as young boys. His inclusion of the bottom of the ocean as a place that he slept in is based on adventures that were part of family cruises and later as his career as an astronaut. Kelly knows what it is like to sleep in strange places and all of these places are part of his Goodnight, Astronaut. He did sleep on the bottom of the ocean, in the cockpit of an F-14 fighter jet, and even on the top of Mt. Everest. He certainly knows what it is like to sleep out in space. Goodnight, Astronaut brings all of his unusual sleeping places to life for young readers to dream about.
Izzy Burton contributed her talents as an illustrator with colorful and cartoon-like illustratons. The final page of the illustration of a little girl of color in her bedroom dreaming of a career among the stars is of special interest. Kelly hopes that his book will inspire young readers to create dreams of their own and he encourages his readers to fall asleep every night and dream of what could be possible. What will your children dream about?
Goodnight, Astronaut was published by Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 3-7. It has an ISBN of 978-0-7352-6345-1.
Colorful Illustrations for Young Dreamers
Bring Goodnight,Astronaut Into the Classroom for Fun Activity Lessons
Picture books were my go-to tool for teaching a variety of lessons when I was in the classroom. One of my favorite curriculum lessons to teach with my kindergartners was to learn about space. Scott Kelly's Goodnight, Astronaut is a great choice to introduce the career of an astronaut to young readers. Young children are fascinated by space, the planets, and stars. The moon is also a favorite topic with young children.
*Read Goodnight, Astronaut in a story time session. Call attention to the famous astronaut Scott Kelly. Have additional books available with information about his career as an astronaut.
*Engage children in a discussion of the adventures that Scott shared with his brother in his backyard when they were young boys. What kinds of games do they play? Take a class poll of the students who play adventure games with their siblings or friends. Introduce the vocabulary word "imagination".
*Call attention to all of the illustrations and text that describe all of the unusual places that Kelly slept during his career as an astronaut.
*Take a class poll of the most unusual place that each student has slept.
*Take a side trip with Kelly as he explored the bottom of the ocean in his career. Use several days to teach lessons about the ocean. What creatures live on the bottom of the ocean?
*Take a side trip with Kelly when he slept on the top of Mt. Everest. Have a globe available for students to learn the location of Mt. Everest. Would they like to sleep on the top of Mt. Everest?
*Call attention to the real-life photos of Kelly's career at the end of the book.
*Engage young students in a class writing activity to dictate their ideas about being an astronaut for the teacher to write. What would be their favorite thing about being an astronaut?
*Create a learning activity for students to learn about the food that astronauts eat. Place dried fruit or other dried food into plastic bags to resemble the food that astronauts take into space with them. Have a tasting party. You might place dried food that can be mixed with water into the bag as part of the tasting party while dreaming of being an astronaut.
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