A curious squirrel stays up at night in Greenwich Park, and meets a remarkable teacher who reveals the wonders of the stars. Buy The Squirrel that Watched the Stars today, and go stargazing with your little ones! Available in paperback and ebook.

The Squirrel that Watched the Stars is the first in a new series of educational picture books, featuring charming stories written in verse. They're fun to read to little stargazers and perfect for bedtime. Starry Stories are created by astronomer and author Tom Kerss, and illustrator Anni Betts.

Watch The Squirrel that Watched the Stars on Youtube, narrated by Tom alongside Anni's beautiful illustrations. This video also features guest narration by Danish astronomer Tina Ibsen, and a full musical score by composer Dave Dexter.

Download this FREE, printer-friendly activity and colouring sheet with challenging puzzles to solve...

★ Join the dots to draw Cygnus the Swan flying in the sky
★ Help the squirrel solve the tree ring maze to find his hazelnut
★ Discover all the storybook words in the starry word search

It's perfect for fun at home, family learning workshops or the classroom!

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The Squirrel that Watched the Stars © Tom Kerss
Illustrations © Anni Betts


Tom Kerss F.R.A.S. is an astronomer and the author of numerous best selling books about the night sky for both adults and children. Having worked at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich for more than six years, he now shares his passion for the stars with people all over the world, delivering courses, podcasts and media interviews. Tom loves nothing more than to seek out the darkest and most beautiful skies on Earth, but he does most of his stargazing from his home in London. tomkerss.co.uk


Anni Betts creates vibrant, colorful drawings of animals, plants, people and places. She is the illustrator of many children’s books as well as greeting cards, calendars, products and posters. Originally from the United States, she now lives in the lovely and historic city of Durham in the UK. When she’s not illustrating she loves spending time with her wonderful family, going on walks in the countryside and exploring all of the surrounding nature and history. annibetts.com

The Squirrel that Watched the Stars © Tom Kerss
Illustrations © Anni Betts