Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature’s Nightlight

Knopf. Oct. 2023. 48p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593435076.
K-Gr 3–A beautiful blue-gray luminescent moon opens this gentle lunar celebration. The book offers several ways to enjoy the content. The left side of every spread is a journey through the phases and influences of the moon while navigating different environments of the earth. On the right, in smaller print and at a higher reading level, is more detailed information pertaining to that page. Many types of biomes are visited above ground, in the air, and below the ocean through the lens of an animal or plant affected by the moon. The lush watercolor illustrations are rich with nighttime details with the moon always clearly present. A young, dark-skinned girl graces the cover, then is seen once early on and with her dad and dog toward the end of the book. The implication is that they are thankful for the moon. Their presence is welcome though muted. Additional content covers the phases of the moon and more details on each animal and plant that appear in the text.
VERDICT Recommended for larger collections in need of STEAM titles about the moon for younger readers.

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