Sing to the Moon

From the Series Lantana Global Picture Books

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

Jjajja tells me, “Sing to the Moon,” and perhaps my wishes will come true soon.

For one little Ugandan boy, no wish is too big. First he dreams of reaching the stars and then of riding a supernova straight to Mars. But on a rainy day at his grandfather’s house, he is brought down to earth with a bump. Do adventures only happen in galaxies far away, or can he find magic a little closer to home?

A touching story steeped in Ugandan culture of a grandfather’s love for his grandson and the quiet pleasures of a rainy day.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lantana Publishing
Imprint Lantana Publishing
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2020-06-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV057000, JUV013100, JUV030010
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Lexile 770
Guided Reading Level TBD
ATOS Reading Level 4.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 199212
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born in the United States to Ugandan parents and works in international development in East and Southern Africa. Her debut picture book Sleep Well, Siba and Saba was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year 2017.

Illustrator: Sandra van Doorn

French illustrator Sandra van Doorn's picture books have received various accolades, including a Kate Greenaway Medal nomination. She lives in Australia and is the founder of small, independent press Red Paper Kite.

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Lantana Global Picture Books

Lantana Global Picture Books are inclusive and international stories celebrating every kind of child and family, because all children deserve to see themselves in the books they read. With a focus on #ownvoices authors from under-represented groups, these stories make a… View available downloads →


  • Children's Africana Book Award, Winner, 2018


Kirkus Reviews

“This gentle bedtime story is rich in Ugandan culture and universal nostalgia as it celebrates a boy’s great love for his grandfather.”—Kirkus Reviews