Perfect Picture Book Friday: If You Were the Moon

It’s the first Perfect Picture Book Friday of 2017! And guess what?

Every book I review this year will be a brand-new book published in 2017!

There are so many beautiful picture books launching this year…and I am excited to be featuring so many of them. PLUS, on almost every Saturday, we are going to turn the spotlight on an author in our Will Write for Cookies series. PLUS, for many of these posts, we’ll be hosting a GIVEAWAY!

Most of you know I am a fan of nonfiction picture books…but I’m more familiar with the ones that tell a story about a historical figure or an event. Today’s story is a bit different—it incorporates science facts in a beautifully illustrated picture book story.



Written by Laura Purdie Salas

Illustrated by Jaime Kim

Publisher: Milbrook (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


The moon


From Amazon:

If you were the moon, what would you do? You’d spin like a twilight ballerina and play dodgeball with space rocks! Find out more in this lyrical list poem accompanied by stunning illustrations.

Opening Lines:

“If you were the moon, what would you do?”

Why I like this book:

  • Lyrical language
  • Beautifully illustrated
  • A fun introduction for young kids to facts about the moon
  • Glossary and further reading suggestions at the back of the book


pin-moon-activities-for-kidsPhoto courtesy:

Check out this link for fabulous moon related activities for kids…did you know that July 20th is Moon Day?

The book is available for preorder on Amazon.

Laura Purdie Salas has a fabulous website chock full of resources for parents, teachers, and kids

This post is part of a series for parents and teachers called Perfect Picture Book Fridays hosted by Susannah Leonard Hill. Click on her link and find lots of other picture book suggestions with summaries and activities.

Today is the final day of Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas challenge. It was a fabulous way to look back at last year’s accomplishments and start planning how I can build on them to create a successful 2017.

Doing that, I thought about how much I love reading manuscripts and doing critiques and so I decided to offer critique services through my website...I hope if any of you have stories that need a fresh pair of eyes, you’ll think of me.

And if you are looking for inspiration and encouragement for your writing career, hurry over to Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM for fabulous blog posts by industry leaders.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on January 6, 2017, in Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Picture book reviews, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. There seems to be a little space theme today for PPBF. First, two books about aliens, and now your book review about the moon. Having an astrophysicist for a father, I grew up with an observatory and telescope on the roof of our home. I often wondered if the kids at school were anxious to be my friend because of who I was or because they hoped to get invited over for one of our evening sky watches through our big telescope. Mom kept the cookies and milk coming while Dad directed the telescope at the moon. I never knew how bright the moon was until I looked at it through the eyepiece. Like looking at the sun, I saw spots for a long time afterward. Today is library day, (truthfully, every day is library day) and I’m adding this book about the moon to my list.

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  2. mariagianferrari

    Thanks for sharing, Vivian! This looks like my kind of book, and I love Laura’s other sciency-poetry books too. Happy New Year!!


  3. Sue Heavenrich

    This looks fun! I just love the title.


  4. David McMullin

    All 2017 books! How exciting. I’m going to try and get my hands on as many of them as I can this year too. I love Laura’s writing, and this cover is so inviting.


  5. The cover is gorgeous. I want to read this one!


  6. This sounds beautiful AND informative. I look forward to reading this!


  7. What a rich post, Vivian. I look forward to reading about all the new 2017 publications on your blog, especially as you may focus on non-fiction. Picture books are a great medium for learning. I wasn’t able to preorder “If you were the moon” so hopefully I’ll remember it when it is released. Thanks for all the helpful links. Best wishes.


  8. Wonderful post, Vivian. I can’t wait to read this book.


  9. What a lovely book to start the year off with! I’m writing it on my list of books to look for!


  10. Laura’s books just get better and better. I look forward to reading this and to a great new year full of new books. Thanks.


  11. I love that you will be featuring all new picture books this year, Vivian, & I love that you aimed high into space for the first book featured. I can’t wait to read it!


  12. I will be watching and taking recommendations for my library! This looks great.


  13. Thank you, Vivian, for your kind words and sharing of If You Were the Moon! I was out of town over the weekend and couldn’t comment on my phone :>/ And thank you to all the commenters, too! Melding science and poetry is my very favorite thing:>)

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  14. Great post! I’ll try to find this book! 😀


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