The Moon {Obsession, Meet Book series}

Truth be told, this obsession has passed in my household, but we have rekindled the topic this week as we prepare for the harvest moon. It’s been fun pulling out all the old stops from Toddler Bookworm’s obsession period. We’ve added in some new titles as well, and the Bookworms are pumped for Thursday night to see the harvest moon! (Anyone else sorta loving the earlier sunset?)

I will always remember Toddler Bookworm’s “moon days” when he proudly found the moon in the most unexpected of places, including so many books that really have nothing to do with the moon! If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll see the moon everywhere! It’s like a scavenger hunt. 🙂 Our favorite book that’s not about the moon but that features it in almost every illustration is Goodnight Gorilla, and of course there’s the famous line “I love you to the moon and back” from Guess How Much I Love You?

Moon Books that Shine

Possum’s Harvest Moon by Anne Hunter. Toddler, preschool.

By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert. Toddler- early elementary.

Hello, Harvest Moon by Ralph Fletcher. Preschool-elementary.

A Full Moon is Rising by Marilyn Singer. Older preschool-elementary. Includes 17 poems featuring locations around the globe, exploring lunar festivals, tides, bird migration and more. The poems are short and can stand on their own; the appendix includes information about the location and real world inspiration for each poem.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes. Toddler-early elementary.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. Preschool-elementary.

Many Moons by Remi Courgeon. Toddler-early elementary. This one is great for learning about moon phases.

Happy Birthday, Moon and Moondance by Frank Asch. Toddler, preschool.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle. Toddler, preschool.

Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Baby-forever.

Many Moons by James Thurber. Older preschool-elementary


Check your library’s 523.3 section. We have enjoyed Gail Gibbons’ The Moon Book, The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M.Branley and from the Scholastic series “A True Book” The Moon by Elaine Landau.

Other Moon Fun:

Don’t miss Laurie Berkner’s Moon Moon Moon song.  (We adore the Laurie Berkner Band! It’s kid music that I actually enjoy singing along to.)

When Toddler Bookworm was in the prime of his obsession, we found this fun moon light called Moon in My Room. It can be hung on the wall as a nightlight (or, we have it resting on a book shelf) and operated by remote control. It cycles through the phases of the moon. It’s bigger than I expected at around 12″ and has been a HIT.

What are your Bookworm’s favorite moon themed stories? I’ve love to hear! Connect with me in the comments below or on the Facebook page.

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