The Love of the Moonlight

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“If we loved, much like the moon, then would we be as kind?”

On a sleepless night, while gazing up at the skies, a child realizes that the world would be a better place if we acted with empathy and understanding. Around the world, we all look up at the same moon and it shines down on each person equally. The moon isn’t afraid to share its sky with the stars; the moon knows the stars don’t take away its ability to shine. This heartfelt, rhyming story is a great conversation starter on kindness and equality for children with illustrations capturing all walks of life.

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Category SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2023
Publisher Soaring Kite Books
Imprint Soaring Kite Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2023-03-07
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV010000, JUV074000, JUV023000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 9 x 11
Guided Reading Level M
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Sarah Buckner

Debut author Sarah Buckner always had a passion for creative writing. Sarah uses her experiences, love of nature, and wild imagination to promote love, courage, and awareness through her storytelling.

Illustrator: Paula Ortiz

Paula Ortiz lives in a coffee town in Colombia. The language of her brushstrokes is simple, candid, and sweet, creating a universe with characters who tell stories through beautiful metaphors.


Publishers Weekly

“. . . Buckner invites readers to view the moon as a model of peace, comfort, and love in this message-driven picture book.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“A nighttime poem rooted in a city landscape, encouragement to be compassionate, and, of course, moonlight. . . . The palette of blues, reds, greens, and black is expertly shaded, conveying a dreamy mood appropriate to the subject.”—Kirkus Reviews