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Star Myths, Tales, & Lore To Explore!

Arcturus70 "Arcturus70"
The list author says: "As a true star gazer, I enjoy studying the night sky--with just my eyes, with my binoculars, and with my telescopes. In addition to these views, I love to explore the mythology, folklore, and legends that deal with sky objects like the planets, the sun, the Pleiades, the moon, the constellations. I love fantasy stories, fiction, and music based on sky themes and Earth / sky lore and objects. I also enjoy sharing my discoveries with others--friends, family, classes I teach, etc.

I created this list in the hopes of sharing some of the cool, inspiring resources that I have found on Amazon in the areas of Star Myths & Lore! Perhaps fellow star-gazers (and their children!) will find the list helpful for locating satisfying items for their home collections / libraries--stuff that's ready for those cloudy nights when we can't see the stars. Perhaps educators will enjoy viewing a little catalog of resources to enhance their classes and presentations.

Note: I am an avid, art-loving, music-craving reader who enjoys everything from the simplest picture book to a thought-provoking, fully professional treatise from the field of astronomy. So, this eclectic list will included a variety of products for a variety of ages and stages. The beauty of it is that visitors can pick and choose from the items that catch their interest.

Myths, Music, and Sky
Let me offer a few song titles that are related to the topics we are discussing:

The Arms of Orion by Prince
When You Wish Upon A Star (classic Disney Favorite Song by various artists)
La Luna by Sarah Brightman
Hunter's Twilight by R. Carlos Nakai & William Eaton
Song for the Morning Star by R. Carlos Nakai
Sun / Stardancing / Silver Moon Woods by Llewellyn [Check out Moonlore album]
Under the Stars (The Lion King)
Paint the Sky with Stars by Enya
The Rhythm of the World by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Starlight by Stephanie Mills
Moonlight Shadow (various artists)
Anasazi Stardance (Pure Moods album)"
How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books)
How the Stars Fell into the Sky: A Navajo Legend (Sandpiper Houghton Mifflin Books)
"A beautiful explanation about why we have constellations in a star-spangled sky. I love the illustrations in this book!"
Earth Tales from Around the World
Earth Tales from Around the World
"This is a great little anthology that honors diversity as well as myths, legends, and lore. It would make a great supplemental text to any humanities course that deals with myth and / or culture. It might also spark some interest in Earth preservation and environment in some readers."
How Spirit Dog Made the Milky Way: A Retelling of a Cherokee Legend (Read-It! Readers: Legends)
How Spirit Dog Made the Milky Way: A Retelling of a Cherokee Legend (Read-It! Readers: Legends)
"This is a fantastic story! I love the illustrations!"
Echoes of the Ancient Skies: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations (Dover Books on Astronomy)
Echoes of the Ancient Skies: The Astronomy of Lost Civilizations (Dover Books on Astronomy)
"Intriguing! :)"
They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths
They Dance in the Sky: Native American Star Myths
"Excellent!"
The Power of Myth
The Power of Myth
"Understanding the need for myth in the human experience! A scholarly look at myths intimate relationship with people. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it challenged me to look at ancient myths in new ways."
Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights
Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights
"Light & Freedom. I absolutely love this book. It's a great tale, and it includes a glossary of terms in the back. Great for children, especially little girls who like the female character and her adventure."
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book One)
Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy, Book One)
"C.S. Lewis takes us on an adventure like no other. Interesting fantasy about Earth men in space. An engaging read... extraterrestrial-based myths and implied views about humanity."
Lost Star of Myth and Time
Lost Star of Myth and Time
"Wow! :) Thought-provoking!"
The Arctic Sky: Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore, and Legend
The Arctic Sky: Inuit Astronomy, Star Lore, and Legend
"Sweet!"
The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet
The Earth under Sky Bear's Feet
"Another beautiful book about the Great Bear (Ursa Major) in the sky! What does she see and hear as she travels over Earth?"
Northern Lights: The Science, Myth, and Wonder of Aurora Borealis
Northern Lights: The Science, Myth, and Wonder of Aurora Borealis
"Wow! :)"
Megaliths, Myths and Men: An Introduction to Astro-Archaeology
Megaliths, Myths and Men: An Introduction to Astro-Archaeology
"An excellent topic!"
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back
"Thirteen Cycles of the Moon and Lore! A lovely book of seasons and mythical reasons."
Moonlore
Moonlore
"I love this music! It's very relaxing. Llewellyn's stuff is wonderful."
Holst: The Planets
Holst: The Planets
"Music, Planets, & Myth!"
Illustrated Book of Myths
Illustrated Book of Myths
"A great book for World Mythology. Worth reading and viewing!"
The Wishing Ball
The Wishing Ball
"Stars bring wishes? A warm-hearted, magical tale of a little kitten who believes in a star. She pursues it and discovers a whole new world of friendship."
There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars
There Once Was a Sky Full of Stars
"Are we losing our night sky and our sense of wonder? Has too much light made us dim?"
The Tiny Star: The Greatest Star the World Has Ever Seen!
The Tiny Star: The Greatest Star the World Has Ever Seen!
"Bible-themed tale about the Christmas Stars / earns mixed reviews from Amazon customers..."
Stories in the Stars (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
Stories in the Stars (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
"A great constellation primer! A nice book and enjoyable read!"
Stories of the Zodiac (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
Stories of the Zodiac (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
"The sky zoo? Another volume in this cool series!"
Stories of the Planets (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
Stories of the Planets (Dot to Dot in the Sky)
"More stories...Another volume in the Dot to Dot Sky Series!"
Sun Bread
Sun Bread
"Sun Bread brings warmth and happiness to the winter!"
Patterns in the Sky : An Introduction to Ethnoastronomy
Patterns in the Sky : An Introduction to Ethnoastronomy
"Cool!"
Little Bear, You're a Star!: A Greek Myth About the Constellations
Little Bear, You're a Star!: A Greek Myth About the Constellations
"The Big Bear & The Little Bear: Ursa Major & Ursa Minor"
Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes
Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes
"More star wishing and dreams! Beautiful images. Makes a nice graduation gift or gift of encouragement. The illustrations in this book are amazing."
Sun Lore of All Ages: A Collection of Myths and Legends (Dover Books on Astronomy)
Sun Lore of All Ages: A Collection of Myths and Legends (Dover Books on Astronomy)
"Hot! :)"
Moonlore: Myths and Folklore from Around the World
Moonlore: Myths and Folklore from Around the World
"Intriguing!"
Moon Tales: Myths of the Moon from Around the World (Bloomsbury paperbacks)
Moon Tales: Myths of the Moon from Around the World (Bloomsbury paperbacks)
"Waiting to buy this one!"
Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin (Ologies)
Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin (Ologies)
"Contains a few pages on the "New Sciences" Alchemy and Astrology! Describes Aristotle's view of the heavens and Copernicus' view of the heavens. May appeal to some and turn others off...But I loved it."
Wizardology: A Guide to Wizards of the World (Ologies)
Wizardology: A Guide to Wizards of the World (Ologies)
"Heavy on folklore, legends, myth not necessarily related to sky objects. Some info about Shamans of the world; briefest bit of stargazing called "starcraft." A strange, but interesting book. May appeal to some and turn others off...I enjoyed it."
Songs from the Sky: Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World (Archaeoastronomy)
Songs from the Sky: Indigenous Astronomical and Cosmological Traditions of the World (Archaeoastronomy)
"Wow! :) An emerging field of study: archaeastronomy!"
Star Lore: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Dover Books on Astronomy)
Star Lore: Myths, Legends, and Facts (Dover Books on Astronomy)
"Cool!"
The Star People: A Lakota Story
The Star People: A Lakota Story
"Wonderful!"
Celestial Treasury: From the Music of the Spheres to the Conquest of Space
Celestial Treasury: From the Music of the Spheres to the Conquest of Space
"Thought-provoking..."
A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends
A Walk through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and their Legends
"Excellent!"
Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power (Wiley Popular Science)
Skywatchers, Shamans & Kings: Astronomy and the Archaeology of Power (Wiley Popular Science)
"Cool!"
The New Patterns in the Sky: Myths and Legends of the Stars
The New Patterns in the Sky: Myths and Legends of the Stars
"Neat! :)"
The Star of Bethlehem
The Star of Bethlehem
"Waiting to buy this one! :)"