Alicia Stoller

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Alicia Stoller is the Director of the Jewish Community Project’s Early Childhood Center.

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12 Great Picture Books For Celebrating The Solar Eclipse As A Family

The moon is one of the earliest points of imagination and metaphor we offer young children. We tuck our children in, bid goodnight to the moon, and tell them that we love them to the moon and back; it becomes a first symbol of both constancy and wonder. The realization that the moon is visible during the day — that it never truly goes away — is often among the earliest and most powerful moments of scientific imagination for children. This observation sustains their curiosity while also tapping into their desire to locate and be grounded by points of stability and predictability.

This early fascination with the moon makes the eclipse a particularly exciting experience to share with our children. It offers a natural jumping off point for scientific inquiry and engagement with nature. It is also an opportunity to disconnect from devices and distractions and focus, together, on something rare and special. As we share the experience of darkness, and trust that it will not last, the eclipse can become an entry into conversations about patience and resilience. It is a metaphor for separation and attachment, as the sun seems to disappear and inevitably returns. And, perhaps most powerfully, the eclipse is an opportunity to connect with our children through shared wonder. There are few more profound experiences of connection between parent and child than moments of mutual awe.

So, go outside and pull out your goofy eclipse glasses! Cuddle up with your little ones and allow their natural amazement to embrace you. As Richard Louv reminds us, “Reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well-being, spirit, and survival.” Children know this intuitively, as they gravitate to the wild, muddy edges and attempt to count the stars. Join them in their marvel!

Recommended Picture Books:

Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown

I Love You to the Moon and Back

by Amelia Hepworth

Waiting is Not Easy

by Mo Willems

Kitten’s First Full Moon

by Kevin Henkes

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen

Ladder to the Moon

by Maya Soetoro-Ng

Meet Me at the Moon

by Gianna Marino

Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon

by Torben Kuhlmann

Happy Birthday, Moon

by Frank Asch

Max and the Tag Along Moon

by Floyd Cooper

Moon

by Melanie Mitchell

The Moon Book

by Gail Gibbons

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.

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