Monday, May 13, 2019

"A Kite for Moon" is a Cute, New Children's Picture Book, Dedicated to Neil Armstrong and in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the First USA Moon Landing (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


As we begin to wind our homeschool year, I asked my girls recently which topics or studies they enjoyed most.  They were both quick to mention Space and the Planets, which we covered a couple months ago.  In addition to covering the planets and Outer Space, we also talked about the famous walk on the moon, which was 50 years ago, along with other important NASA achievements and historical moments including Christa Mcauliffe and the Challenger launch.  My girls really got into our space month, which they had requested to study.  I had so much fun putting together the lesson plan, hands on activities and planning field trips to tie everything together.  Oh, how I wish "A Kite for Moon" was released a few months ago, as it would have been a great book to end our "Space" month.  The book, however, released last month -- but, was a welcoming read to my girls last night, after talking about things they loved with our homeschooling this year.

I got to get in a little extra snuggle time with my girls as we read this book, which is a cute story about a little boy's fascination with the moon.  The little boy wants to become an astronauts and blast off to the moon, just like Neil Armstrong did 50 years ago.  Young children will enjoy listening to this heartwarming and watching the little boy develop a friendship with the moon.  Promising to visit the lonely moon one day, the boy starts studying so he can keep his promise to the moon.  And, one day the little boy, now a grown man, made his trip to the moon, and the whole world watched. :-)

This book became an instant favorite of the girls, and they asked this AM when they woke if we could read it again tonight.  I was quick to say, "Yes," as I am fond of this book, and would love to sit and enjoy it again with my girls, and linger a little longer on each page to admire the beautiful illustrations, that really bring this story to life.  And, I am already planning another fun week in the summer to do more "space" activities, as the girls can't get enough of it.  Maybe one day they will be like Neil Armstrong, and visit the moon. :-)

About the Book:

"Dedicated to astronaut Neil Armstrong, A Kite for Moon is the perfect children’s book to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first United States moon landing.
What would it be like if the moon was your friend? Find out as you walk alongside a little boy who journeys through life to achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut. And then blast off with your little one as you zoom to the moon together!
The story begins when a little boy, who is flying his kite, notices a sad Moon. He sends up kites to her, writing notes promising he will come see her someday. This promise propels him through years of studying, learning, and training to become an astronaut. Until … he finally goes up, up, up in a big rocket ship with a fiery tail!
A Kite for Moon, written by New York Times bestselling author of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?Jane Yolen and her daughter, Heidi Stemple, is a heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon.
A Kite for Moon:
  • Features over 20 gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Matt Phelan
  • Contains a beautiful presentation page, making this book ideal for gift giving
  • Is the perfect storybook for children ages 4 to 8
  • Celebrates every child’s fascination with space
  • Features a gorgeous cover that sparkles and shines with gloss and foil"
This spring season, our feature title is a very special book called A Kite for Moon bNew York Times bestselling author Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple and illustrated by award-winning artist Matt Phelan. This picture book tells a heartfelt story about a young boy’s fascination and unlikely friendship with the moon. Dedicated to Neil Armstrong, this book gives a nod to the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. moon landing, which will be celebrated in July of this year."

  • ISBN: 9780310756422
  • ISBN 10: 0310756421
  • Imprint: Zonderkidz
  • On Sale: 2019-04-09
  • Pages: 32
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz
  • Publication Date: 2019-04-09


About the Authors and Illustrator:

Jane Yolen:

Jane has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. Her books range from the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series to the Caldecott winning Owl Moon to popular novels such as The Devil’s Arithmetic, Snow in Summer, and The Young Merlin Trilogy, to award-winning books of poetry such as Grumbles from the Forest, and A Mirror to Nature. In all, she has written over 335 books (she’s lost count), won numerous awards (one even set her good coat on fire), and has been given six honorary doctorates in literature. For more information, please visit

Heidi E.Y. Stemple:

Heidi E.Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published twenty books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.

Matt Phelan:

Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Parkand The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the picture books Druthers and Pignic, as well as the graphic novels The Storm in the Barn(winner of the Scott O’Dell Award), Around the WorldBluffton, and Snow White. Matt lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. This looks like such an adorable book! My grandchildren would really enjoy reading this!

  2. I think our grandson would love this. It sounds like a cute book!

  3. This looks so adorable. My grandkids will love it. They can read it on the neighborhood kid day. (they get together 1 Saturday each month and watch movies read books and play games. Of course eat snacks).