HOORAY and happiest of publications days to Sue Soltis on the publication of her newest picture books, THE STARS JUST UP THE STREET, with gorgeous illustrations by Christine Davenier!

A grandpa’s memories of brilliant night skies inspire a little girl to take action in a tale for budding community organizers and star lovers alike.

Mabel loves stars. She counts five from her window and thirty-seven from her backyard. But her grandfather tells her that, as a child, he could see thousands. Could it be true? Mabel climbs a hill looking for more stars — only to discover that the glow from the nearby town makes them hard to see. What would it take for her neighbors to turn off their lights, just for one night, so that everyone could see the starlit sky? Sue Soltis’s tale of a young activist and Christine Davenier’s luminous illustrations will leave readers curious about the dark-sky movement — and the wonder that is waiting for them just up the street.


“A lovely picture book.” — The Wall Street Journal

“One voice, one idea, really can make a difference. The idea that anyone, even a young child, with a passion for change can impact an entire community is extremely powerful…A story that inspires all ages to speak up and take action to positively affect the world around them.” — School Library Journal

“This appealing story shows how one or two people can make a difference by working toward change. The narrative and dialogue flow quite naturally, and Davenier’s artwork…is captivating. An inviting picture book to share with children.” — Booklist Reviews

“Graceful, readable text underscores the protagonists’ loving relationship. The art is a sweet complement…It takes a village to control light pollution…gently inspirational.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Davenier, whose talents seem tailor-made for this material, matches the text’s plainspoken momentum. Animated ink washes capture both Mabel’s earnest determination and the wonder of what means so much to her: a dark night sky of deep blue and lavender, gloriously dotted with stars.” — Publishers Weekly

To purchase copies of STARS, please click here.

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