Mary Lyn Ray (who lives in New Hampshire) and illustrated by Marla Frazee.
"A star is how you know it's almost night. As soon as you see one,
there's another, and another. And the dark that comes doesn't feel so
dark. What if you could have a star? From acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray
and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee comes this tender,
evocative - and profound - exploration of stars both near and far." (publisher's summary)
The Preschool Express website has a lot of star-related crafts and activities for little kids. The McDonald Observatory has created classroom activities related to astronomy and other sciences, and the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a place you can visit here in N.H. to learn about the stars.
This is one of the ten titles nominated for the 2012 Ladybug Picture Book Award.
Ms. Frazee's book, All the World, was nominated for the 2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award.