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Star Party

Star Party

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Author Polly Carlson-Voiles

Illustrator Consie Powell

Minnesota Historical Society Press (May 2023)

From a little cabin on the edge of the wilderness, Grandma and Grandpa invite Nora to her first Star Party. This mysterious celebration happens after dark. Nora wonders: Can I wear pajamas? Will there be snacks?


As Grandma leads the way on the forest trail, Nora discovers the wonders of the north woods at night. There are flying squirrels, calling loons, and hooting owls. But when Nora and Grandpa step onto the dock, she finds that the most dazzling sight of all is the night sky. Billions of stars glow above and are reflected in the lake below. Gazing up, up, up, Nora ponders the mysteries of starlight and stardust. And she thinks about how the night sky unites stargazers all over the world.

In Star Party, Polly Carlson-Voiles relates the simple joys of summer star-watching in a tale informed by years of camping and cabin adventures. Detailed illustrations by artist Consie Powell feature many night-loving animals of sky, forest, and lake, inviting readers to appreciate the vibrancy of the woods after dark. An author’s note highlights nocturnal creatures, constellations, and tips for observing the night sky, encouraging readers to learn more about nearby stargazing opportunities—in dark sky sanctuaries where the deepest nights are filled with the brightest stars.

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Author Information

A two-time winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award, Polly Carlson-Voiles has been inspired by years of canoe trips, cabin time, and teaching, and by her home atop an ancient rock ridge overlooking the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a perfect place for star-watching. Her other books for children include Summer of the Wolves and Someone Walks By: Wonders of Animals in Winter.

Consie Powell is an artist and writer who happily snoops in nature's lovely untidy places and inevitably finds stories there, begging to be told in images or words, and sometimes both. She stargazes, all year 'round, from outside her home under the dark skies near Ely, Minnesota.


  • Ages 3-7
  • 32 pages
  • 10 x 10 inches 
  • Fully Illustrated
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781681342597

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