5 delightful Moon books/poems/ditties to read with kids this summer… Summer is a time to kick back a bit with kids, but also a time to ramp up *reading and thinking skills in the most natural, fun ways. Facts about the moon always delight my grandkids. You can see the moon so clearly in the summer sky. I love sharing with them facts about the moon, it delights ME just as much.
Facts About the Moon
Grab a lawn chair or a patch of grass, some beach or lake sand and an umbrella, a front stoop or a back porch with a pitcher of lemonade. Settle into a cozy indoor chair or snugly bed and open the windows or curtains. Early morning, afternoon or evening, it doesn’t matter. Bring on the little kids and the big kids (little kids love being read to by big kids) and Moms & Dads, grandparents and babysitters.
5 minutes. 10 minutes. 30 minutes. It doesn’t matter. Grab a topic or theme (which doubles, triples, quadruples the conversations!). I love Moon stories because I love the Moon, but just gather some books and get the words flowing, the conversations started and a lifetime of memories created. Visiting your local library is a wonderful way to gather piles of theme-related books and librarians are always excited to help. Facts about the moon come in so many different ways, my favorite is through literature.
5 Pieces of Literature sharing Facts About the Moon
These 5 books/poems/ditties are among my favorites for young children for their cadence and lovely peacefulness. Quick reads. Lots of room for conversation and most probably requests to, “Read it again!”:
1) How the Sun Was Brought Back from the Sky ~ by Mirra Ginsburg, Pictures by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey –
Although the title suggests a story about the Sun, the Moon plays a significant role in helping a group of birds and animals to find the Sun in its 3-day absence. Adapted from a Slovenian Folk Tale, this story is a great tale of teamwork and nature at their best. The illustrations are exquisite.
2) The Thief Who Hugged a Moonbeam ~ by Harold Berson –
This Latin tale was originally published at the beginning of the 12th century, but certainly has staying power with the story of the confident thief who breaks into the home of a wealthy man. Of course, it involves a moonbeam and a little “magic”, making the story very fun to read. The illustrations are precisely wonderful.
3) “September Dark” ~ a poem by James Whitcomb Riley from his collection Poems of Childhood ~ Illustrated by Everett Shinn –
Within the pages of this book from my childhood is a poem about September, a poem filled with images and the feel of autumn. Younger children like the calm of the verse and understand the sense that summer does naturally flow into autumn. I love this poem for older kids because there are wonderful words and images to further explore. The illustration is autumn perfection, but it’s still summer NOW! It’s fun to discuss the differences in these two seasons.
4) Hey, Diddle, Diddle nursery rhymes ~ Illustrated by Hannah Wood –
Within the covers of this enchanting children’s book is one of my favorite little ditties, Hey, Diddle, Diddle. The fun, mismatched things and fabulous impossibilities make it a favorite of kids of all ages. I sing it to my youngest grandkids as they laugh with delight. Hannah Wood’s illustrations are delightful.
5. Goodnight Moon ~ by Margaret Wise Brown, Pictures by Clement Hurd –
First published in 1947, Goodnight Moon is often a first-book favorite of children (of many generations), but it never loses its appeal to read it again and again and again. It’s a classic of words, repetition, calm, steady, all-encompassing love and the illustrations are divine.
Summer Reading – Facts About the Moon
Summer Reading is a perfect way to keep literacy and skills strong during the break from school, especially if it is approached with FUN. Remember that sharing words and stories and ideas and themes is a remarkable way to connect literature with life. Happy Reading, everyone!
*Sharon Couto graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Education/English and holds a Master’s Degree in K-12 Reading/Education from Boston University. Sharon taught high school English & Reading as a Reading Specialist for 30 years. She has 4 adult children, 4 in-law children and 12 cherished grandchildren. Promoting Literacy is Sharon’s mission.