Written By: Mary Lyn Ray

Illustrated By: Marla Frazee

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Start your storytime with some questions like these to warm your child up and get him/her making predictions about the story:

Do you like to look at the stars?

Do you know any songs about stars? Let’s sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” together.

What do you think will happen in this story?

{Flip to the illustration with the children in the tree} What do you think those children are doing under that tree? How do you know that?

As You Read

Vocabulary Development

While reading, encourage your child to stop and identify words that s/he is not familiar with. Allow him/her to discover a word’s meaning by using the words and illustrations surrounding it. Examples of new words in Stars include:




Make Connections

Ask your child if a specific scene reminds him/her of an event in his/her own life. For example, when the families are outside watching the fireworks, ask “Have you ever seen fireworks? What were they for? The Fourth of July? New Years? Did you like them? Why or why not? If you’ve never seen fireworks, do you want to? Why or why not? How are fireworks like stars? (They happen at night, they are in the sky, etc).”

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Ask questions like these to conclude your read-through and get your child thinking about the story as a whole:

What does it mean to “feel shiny”?

When do you feel shiny as a star? I feel shiny when...

Describe a day when you didn't feel so shiny.

How can you help someone who is not feeling shiny?

The boys and girls in the book see stars on the pumpkin vines, among the snowflakes, and in the ball of the dandelion.  What do you see in your home or neighborhood that reminds you of a star? 

Here's a Fun Fact About the Author:

Mary Lyn Ray lives in a beautiful farmhouse in the middle of nowhere in New Hampshire, where she most certainly can see the stars shine bright almost every night!

Activity: Making a Star for Your Pocket

Supplies: Cardstock, scissors, glitter, glitter glue, a pencil, and gold markers or crayons


Cut out a small star from the cardstock. Perhaps you can draw a star with a pencil and your child can cut out the star by following the lines. Encourage your child to decorate the star with the materials you have. In the book, the little girl pretends that her star is a sheriff's badge and a wand.  Ask your child, "What can your star become?" Tell your child that s/he may keep this star in a pocket.  Ask, "When might you need a star in your pocket?"  

Have your child make another star to give away.  Ask, "Who do you want to give this star to? Why?" And then...make someone's day with your star!