17 Children’s Books About the Moon

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July 2020

The moon is one of the most important and beautiful parts of our world, so why not learn more about it? We have compiled a list of some of the best children’s books about the moon out there, from board books to books about its different phases. There is always more to discover, but books are a great way to learn some interesting facts and to think more about the world around you. So find a comfy spot to read and dive into one–or all–of these books about that shiny object in our nighttime sky!

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Board Books about the Moon

I Took the Moon for a Walk
Carolyn Curtis
Book Type: Board
Age: 5-6

In this board book, a young boy becomes friends with the moon and decides to take him for a walk. No leash in sight, the moon follows him around like a kite as they go around the neighborhood. Along the way, the young boy discovers new things about his friend and learns to appreciate all that the moon does for us.

This book is a great way to introduce the phases of the moon for kids. In addition to featuring a great storyline and a sweet friendship, this story also has facts about the moon that you can share with your child. The text is very lyrical, making this book a perfect one to read before bedtime to settle in for the night.

Kitten’s First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes
Book Type: Board
Age: 3-5

It’s Kitten’s first full moon, and little does she know that she is in store for a bit of an adventurous night. As the full moon rises, she thinks that the moon is a nice, warm bowl of milk! Naturally, she wants the bowl of milk, but will she get it? Read to find out!

This board book won the Caldecott medal of honor, and there is no wondering why. The black and white illustrations are beautiful and fit perfect with the text. We also love this book because, of course, it is very cute and humorous to follow the kitten’s journey to get her bowl of milk. It also offers a great introduction to the moon, as you can discuss how the moon has different phases, how long these phases last, and so much more.

Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown
Book Type: Board
Age: 1-4

In a great green room, tucked away in bed is a little bunny who says goodnight to everything in his room. From the picture of three little bears sitting on chairs to the mittens and the kittens, each gets a special farewell. Let the soft pictures and the quiet, lyrical poetry get your little one ready to say goodnight to everything around them.

This classic picture book, enjoyed by generations and generations, makes a perfect book to say goodnight with. The illustrations are simple, yet there is always something new to discover in the great green room. This book is also great to create a bedtime routine, with its soothing rhyming scheme and its calming words.

I love You Sun / I Love You Moon
Karen Pandell
Book Type: Board
Age: 1-3

Give thanks and appreciate the world around you. This board book, illustrated by Tomi de Paola, is full of wonder and love for the little things in life. Featuring all kinds of aspects of nature, like the wind, trees, the birds, and, of course, the sun and the moon, this book will help you and your child take a moment to interact with our world and be thankful for its beauty.

This book is a great read for wrapping up a wonderful and busy day. It allows you to take stock of all the fun you have had and all the happiness that has come with spending time with one another. This book also helps little ones to learn new vocabulary and recognize different objects and shapes, like the moon, through the simple, yet elegant illustration style.

I Love you to the Moon and Back
Amelia Hepworth
Book Type: Board
Age: 2-5

As a fun-filled day winds down, a bear and her cub reminisce about the adventures they had. From splashing in the water to climbing mountains, they have had a wonderful day. As it is time to say goodnight, the mom and her cub share how much they love each other: to the moon and back.

Saying “I love you to the moon and back” is such a sweet phrase that many parents share with their children. Snuggling up and bonding with a book makes these moments even more special. Reading this book is a perfect opportunity to take a moment to share with your child how much they mean to you. And with the sweet, gentle rhyme, this book is the perfect read for bedtime.

Books about the Phases of the Moon for Kids

Moon: A Peek-Through Picture Book
Britta Teckentrup
Book Type: Picture
Age: 3-7

Traveling around the world, shining over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon greets all that it meets. Though, it doesn’t always look the same. Through unique cutouts and peek-through holes, this book shows the different sizes and shapes the moon takes as it waxes and wanes.

This book is a great way to introduce the phases of the moon for kids without being too technical. Still providing facts about the moon, this story blends artistic illustrations and a simple storyline with information about the moon’s movement and phases. We think it is a great opportunity to learn something new with your child, while bonding over the experience of sharing a great book.

The Moon Seems to Change
Dr. Franklyn M. Branley
Book Type: Picture
Age: 4-8

Sometimes the moon looks like a big round ball in the sky. Other times, it’s just a small sliver of light. It seems like the moon is always changing. But is it? Find out the science behind the phases of the moon in this educational picture book.

This book is great for any child that wants to learn more facts about the moon. It offers information in a way that is not only interesting, but also easy to understand. The illustrations are visually appealing and will draw you in and get you wanting to learn even more about the moon!

Faces of the Moon
Bob Crelin
Book Type: Picture
Age: 6-9

Have you ever wondered why the moon looks different? It seems to have many different faces, from round to flat to not there at all. Explore the different faces of the moon in this book and learn why the moon sometimes appears to change.

Faces of the Moon offers a great mixture of lyrical text and factual information. It presents the different phases of the moon as different faces, making it easy for children to understand this concept. With unique illustrations and numerous different facts about the moon, this book is great for any child who wants to learn more about the phases of the moon.

Books about the Moon Landing

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Brian Floca
Book Type: Picture
Age: 4-10

In the summer of 1969, three astronauts clicked themselves into gloves and helmets and strapped into sideways seats.They boarded a great machine and prepared to move from the roar of rockets to the silence of the Moon. This is the story of the adventure of discovery, the story of the Moon Landing.

This wonderful book brings the Moon Landing to life through amazing illustrations and a captivating storyline. It takes you along the journey Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins took to be the first men to walk on the moon, while providing detailed information about the technology they used and about the moon itself. A balanced mix of storyline and factual information, this book is great for anyone looking to learn more about the Moon Landing.

Go for the Moon: A Rocket, a Boy, and the First Moon Landing
Chris Gall
Book Type: Picture
Age: 5-8

This book tells the story of the Moon Landing–but from the perspective of a young boy following the unprecedented journey. He explains the design of the rocketship, details what the flight will be like, and the drama of touching down. Though he is not on Apollo 11, the young boy goes on an astronaut’s voyage of his very own.

We love the idea of having a child narrator. It makes the story more accessible for young readers, and they might be able to relate to the story a little bit more if it is told from a child’s perspective. This book is also great because it provides really detailed information about the entire moon landing, alongside helpful pictures that illustrate everything going on.

Moon’s First Friends: One Giant Leap for Friendship
Susanna Leonard Hill
Book Type: Picture
Age: 4-8

From high up in the sky, the Moon has spent her whole life watching the Earth and hoping that someone will come visit her. She watches while dinosaurs roam, pyramids are erected, boats are fashioned, but, still, she remains lonely. One day, though, a spaceship comes up from Earth, full of three friendly astronauts who are more than ready to meet the Moon.

The whimsical twist of this book makes it perfect for kids who love more of a storyline. The character of the moon and her story make this book so heartwarming and cute. The back even has some bonus educational pages about the moon mission, so you and your family can learn more!

Books about the Moon and the Sun

Sun and Moon Together
Ethan Long
Book Type: Picture
Age: 3-6

It’s another fun-filled day in Happy County. While the sun is out, some friends like Grammy Tammi from Miami and Sssonny Sssnakerton go about their days, trying to do laundry grow sunflowers. When the Sun says goodbye, the Moon rises in the sky, ready for a whole new set of adventures for our friends in Happy County.

This book, inspired by the world of Richard Scarry’s Busy Town, is a great, graphic picture book. Not only are there are a lot of fun characters to follow, but there are also countless opportunities to practice letter sounds and phonics. We also love this book because it shows some of the differences between night and day using a storyline, introducing children to the roll that the Sun and the Moon play in our everyday lives.

Sun and Moon
Lindsey Yankey
Book Type: Picture
Age: 4-8

After spending his whole life in darkness, Moon is ready for a change of pace and asks Sun whether they could switch places, just for one day. The Sun agrees, but only if the Moon takes a moment to take stock of what the night truly holds. So, Moon travels around and discovers the uniqueness of nighttime, with foxes hunting, children dreaming, and fireflies buzzing him. After seeing all this, will he still want to change places and give all that up?

This is another book we think does a great job of introducing the differences between night and day. We especially love this one not only because the Sun and the Moon are the main characters, but also because it allows children to explore different, wonderful things that happen at nighttime. This book also carries a powerful theme about the importance of taking time to smell the roses and appreciate what you have.

Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky
Elphinstone Dayrell
Book Type: Picture
Age: 4-7

Sun and his wife, Moon, used to live on the Earth. They had a large house, and humans were able to visit them. But so many people came that they were forced to move to the sky. This Caldecott Honor Book reinterprets an African folktale about the Moon and the Sun.
It’s common for children to wonder how things came to be, and folktales are a great way to explore these questions. This book, in particular, explores the relationship between the Moon and the Sun and why they are so far up in the sky. We also think it’s great to introduce children to a diverse range of books from different cultures, so this is a great opportunity to speak to children about how different cultures have different ideas and different traditional tales.

Books about the Moon and the Stars

A Big Mooncake for Little Star
Grace Lin
Book Type: Picture
Age: 4-8

One day, Little Star and her mother decide to make a delicious Mooncake. Little Star is supposed to wait to eat any, but what happens when she can’t resist taking just one small bite? Explore the phases of the moon with this Caldecott Honor Book.

This book demonstrates such a creative way to think about the different phases of the moon. It could spark some great activities where you make your own cake and take chunks out of it to mimic Little Star’s discovery of the moon’s phases. This book also has really great illustrations, and, since there is very little text, allow you to interpret the story through pictures and really interact with the artwork.

Whose Moon is That?
Kim Krans
Book Type: Picture
Age: 3-7

One night, a curious cat considers the night sky and asks “Whose moon is that?” A number of animals try to stake their claim, as do the stars in the sky. After a lot of debate, the moon finally answers for herself. She says that she belongs to no one, that her light is meant to be shared with everyone.

Whose Moon is That? explores the way that everything in nature is connected and that we all rely upon things like the moon to help us. In this story, we are encouraged to think about the relationship between the moon and the stars, as well as the moon and the Earth. Through this interesting storyline and moving illustrations, you and your child will come to appreciate the moon and the light it shares with us.

Owl Moon
Jane Yolen
Book Type: Picture
Age: 3-7

Late one winter night, a young girl and her father go searching for owls in the woods. Through the silence, they call out “whoo-whoo-whoo” and wait for a response. Join the two as they explore the wonders of the forest at night.

This book is a winter classic! Not only that, but it also offers the opportunity to explore what nature is like under the moon and the stars. It demonstrates the light that the night sky provides on different adventures, and it reminds us how beautiful nature really is.

Moon Facts for Kids

If you are ready to learn more about the moon, get reading! In the meantime, here are some interesting moon facts for kids to get you and your family started learning about one of the most important parts of our solar system.

The Moon’s surface is full of craters.

Over time, numerous comets and asteroids have hit the moon’s surface. The craters remain because the Moon does not have the same kind of weather that the Earth does.

The Moon gets really hot and really cold.

During the day, when the Moon is facing the sun, its surface gets up to 107 degrees Celsius–that’s more than boiling! At night, when the Moon faces away from the sun, its surface can drop below -153 degrees Celcius–that’s more than freezing!

The Moon affects the movement of the ocean.

The tides that pull the ocean in and out of shore are caused by the Moon and its gravitational pull.

The Moon does not produce its own light.

Even though the Moon shines brightly, it doesn’t actually produce its own light. The light that you see is actually the Moon reflecting light from the Sun.

You’d weigh less on the Moon.

How much you weigh depends on how much gravity there is pushing you down. The moon has about one sixth of the amount of gravity the Earth has, meaning you’d way far less if you were standing on the Moon.

Some scientists believe that the Moon was originally part of the Earth.

Although we don’t know exactly how the Moon was formed, some scientists think that 4.5 billion years ago, a planet-sized rock called Theia crashed into the Earth and that all the pieces of rock that went flying clumped together to make the Moon.

It takes 27.3 days for the Moon to orbit the Earth.

It takes almost a month for the Moon to go completely around the Earth. As it moves, it looks slightly different, creating the appearance of different phases of the moon.

The Moon is about a quarter the size of the Earth.

The Moon is about 3,476 km in diameter, whereas the Earth is about 12,742 km.

The Moon is about 384,403 km away from the Earth.

That’s about 238,857 miles. The astronauts who made it to the moon must have had a pretty long trip!

The Moon is the only thing that naturally orbits the Earth.

Although humans have created satellites that go around the Earth, the Moon is the only thing that naturally orbits our planet.

Elephant Books

Elephant Books is a book subscription service for kids. Every month, high quality, hand-picked board or picture books are delivered right to your doorstep, along with reading extras to help you and your family dive into reading. The books we include are chosen very carefully and feature engaging plotlines, beautiful illustrations, and impactful messages. Keeping with the theme of books about the moon, here is an example of a book we have sent in our packages.

My Little Half-Moon
Douglas Todd Jennerich
Book Type: Picture
Age: 5-8

Sometimes the half-moon looks a little lonely. You might think it is missing its other half. Imagine, you are up in the sky all along, no one to play with, no one to share with. A young boy wonders these same things and determines to stay up at night to keep the moon company. With the goal of cheering the moon up, he makes a lifelong friend along the way.

We selected his book to send to our subscribers because it carries such a sweet message. It shows children how impactful acts of kindness and of friendship can be. We also think that this book makes for an amazing read aloud before bedtime, with great illustrations and an even better storyline.

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