If You Were the Moon

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

What would you do if you were the moon? Do you think you would rest quietly in the night sky? Oh, no. The moon does so much more than you might imagine! It spins like a twilight ballerina, plays tug-of-war with the ocean, and lights a pathway for baby sea turtles. Discover the many other roles the moon plays in this whimsical and lyrical picture book.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Science
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-03-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.2
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF051040, JNF051140, JNF042000
Dewey 523.3
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 790
Guided Reading Level M
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 187705
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, and Reviewed


  • Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee, Short-listed, 2019
  • Texas Topaz Reading List, Winner, 2019
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2017
  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Finalist, Short-listed, 2017


School Library Journal

“[B]oth a wonderful bedtime read and a versatile early science resource for young children in group settings.”—School Library Journal

Booklist Online

“Appealing for classroom and story hours.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“In this inventive and spirited exploration, poetry and science come together . . . . Orbiting between poetic lullaby and astro-powered essentials, Salas and Kim provide a great addition to a nighttime-window reading shelf and/or early-science classroom.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 130 books for kids, including If You Were the Moon, Water Can Be . . ., and Bookspeak! Poems about Books. Poetry and rhyming nonfiction books are her favorite things to write. Laura loves to do author visits, writing workshops, and teacher inservices. Read more about Laura and her work at laurasalas.com.

Illustrator: Jaime Kim

Jaime Kim was born South Korea and moved to the US when she was eighteen. Her favorite things are the sun, moon, and stars—which is why they always creep into her artwork. She lives in North Carolina.