Books About the Moon

The moon is fascinating to people of all ages.  Little ones love to look at and learn about the beautiful changing ball in the sky. This week we are looking at non-fiction and fiction books about the moon. These books can be used in a classroom during a moon unit or at home as you read by the light of the moon. Enjoy!

Moon Books

Fiction and nonfiction books about the moon

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The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

The Moon Book is a book with facts, diagrams and drawings that help children understand the basics of the moon. The book includes information about the moons orbit, astronauts that have traveled to the moon, phases of the moon and more.

Moon by Steve Tomecek

In Moon a cat wants to know all about the moon and takes the readers on a journey as he learns more about the moon.  The illustrations are colorful and childlike and the information given covers history, phases of the moon and more.

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On the Moon by Anna Milbourne

On the Moon asks readers the question: “What do you think it would be like to go there?”  Throughout the book the author answers that question with illustrations and photographs of the moon. The book includes facts about the moon in simple text that is great for preschoolers.

Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds

Eight Days Gone tells the story of Apollo 11 and the historical trip the astronauts took. The story is written in simple short sentences using single descriptive words. This is a great book for curious space learners.

What the Moon is Like by Franklyn M. Branley

What the Moon is Like uses photographs from the moon and illustrations to explain what the surface of the moon is like and how the moon might have been made. This book would be a great resource for young learners who have a basic knowledge of the moon and are looking for more information.

The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley

The Moon Seems to Change explains with charts and diagrams the phases of the moon. The illustrations in the book show the phases and how they happen in different ways which can help young children understand what is happening. There is also a detailed example and illustration of an experiment you can do to see the changes of the moon.

The Moon by Melanie Chrismer

The Moon is a good read for young learners who are just beginning to learn about the moon. The information on each page is not overwhelming but does give details about traveling to the moon, what the moon is, the phases and more. On the first two pages, key words are illustrated for you to find throughout the book. This is a great read overall for basic information about the moon.

The Moon by Ralph Winrich

The Moon by Ralph Winrich is a higher level reader than the The Moon by Meliaine Christmer. This book includes more detailed information, diagrams and charts about the moon. For early readers this would be a good resource to read with an adult as they learn more about the moon.

I See the Moon by Jacqueline Mitton

I See the Moon looks at the moon through the eyes of different types of animals. I love how the book looks at animals from around the world that see the moon and how the moon affects them.

Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant

Long Night Moon is a beautiful book about the name given to each month’s full moon by the Native Americans. Each month’s moon is shown in a dream like illustration with a description.


Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Owl Moon is a beautiful story of a girl and her pa as they set out during the night to see an owl. The story does not focus on the moon but moon lights the way, creates shadows and is an important part of the illustrations and story. I have used this book in my classroom with 4th graders but this book can be used with kids of any age.

Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram

Man on the Moon is the story of Bob who travels to the moon every day to work on the moon. Little Bit and I love the story and hidden aliens you can find throughout the book.

Moon Child by Nadia Krilanovich

Moon Child is a dreamy and gentle story of raccoon, owl, and otter as they “play” with the moon. Elizabeth Sayles illustrations are beautiful and show a sleepy world where the three animals are curious about the moon.

Moonday by Adam Rex

In Moonday, the moon lowers to Earth one night and into a little girl’s backyard. While the moon is in her yard, morning does not come but the tide does. I loved the illustrations and layout of the pictures in this book. This is a fun and sleepy story that teaches readers about some of the affects the moon has on earth.

I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis

A young boy takes his friend moon for a walk in I Took the Moon for a Walk. The story is told in a simple rhyme that little ones will enjoy. This book is also available as a board book.

Is there a moon book that you love that we missed? If so, let us know.  There are so many great books available.

Free Printable Night Sky Journals

While you’re learning about the moon together take some time to go outdoors and observe the night sky. You can download one of our free printable night sky journals here.

Free Printable Night Sky Journals~Writing and Drawing journals that include pages for scientific observations and imaginative stories about outer space

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  1. This is such a great book list! I’m planning a round-up of Moon-related activities and ideas on my blog this coming Monday (11/24/14) and will be featuring a link to your blog post. I’d love to feature the photo too. Please let me know if I have your permission. Thanks!

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