Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature's Nightlight (Hardcover)

Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature's Nightlight By Melissa Stewart, Jessica Lanan (Illustrator) Cover Image

Thank You, Moon: Celebrating Nature's Nightlight (Hardcover)

By Melissa Stewart, Jessica Lanan (Illustrator)


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With the soothing rhythm of a bedtime story and the scientific wonder of a nature doc, comes a celebration of the moon and all the creatures who rely on its light to find their way home.

Under the glow of a shimmering moon, creatures great and small creep out of their dens, using its light to hunt, fend off predators, build their nests or build families. As the moon changes phases these animals adapt their behavior to match its waxing and waning—while human animals look on in wonder.

As Earth's closest companion in space, the moon has fascinated humankind for generations, and this nonfiction picture book sheds light on the mysterious ways it affects life on Earth. With luminous illustrations by Jessica Lanan and a lyrical text that is part lullaby and part scientific resource, Thank You, Moon is a treasure for all ages to enjoy.
Melissa Stewart has written more than 180 science books for young readers. While gathering information for her books, Melissa has hiked in tropical rain forests, gone on safari in Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. She can't imagine any better job! Visit Melissa's website at or track her at

Jessica Lanan is an award-winning author, illustrator and painter living in Boulder, Colorado. Jessica aims to help young readers discover the beauty and diversity of their world by creating picture books that are inspiring, accessible and memorable. Jessica's first book as an author,The Fisherman and the Whale, was published in 2019 and was awarded the 2020 Bull-Bransom Award for Wildife Art. She has illustrated many others including The Lost Package by Richard Ho and Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet by Curtis Manley. 
Product Details ISBN: 9780593435076
ISBN-10: 0593435079
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 48
Language: English
"A tribute to our only natural satellite, with atmospheric moonlit illustrations of nocturnal creatures....Lyrical and informative." —Kirkus Reviews

"The lush watercolor illustrations are rich with nighttime details with the moon always clearly present....Recommended for larger collections in need of STEAM titles about the moon for younger readers." —School Library Journal

"This poetic look at the varied effects of moonlight draws science-minded attention to a phenomenon more often praised for its beauty than its utility." —Publishers Weekly