Beautiful Moon (Hardcover)

A Child's Prayer

By Tonya Bolden, Eric Velasquez (Illustrator)

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419707926, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

List Price: 16.95*
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A young boy wakes. He has forgotten to say his prayers. Outside his window, a beautiful harvest moon illuminates the city around him and its many inhabitants. As the moon slowly makes its way across the heavens, the boy offers a simple prayer for the homeless, the hungry, and others.

Critically acclaimed author Tonya Bolden teams up with award‑winning illustrator Eric Velasquez to create a richly painted and emotionally complex book that celebrates prayer and kindness while recognizing the diversity of the world around us.


About the Author

Tonya Bolden’s work has garnered much praise, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, James Madison Award, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and the Young Adult Library Services Association Best Book for Young Adults list.

Eric Velasquez is the illustrator of numerous books for children. He received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award and won the Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. He lives in Hartsdale, New York.

Praise For Beautiful Moon: A Child's Prayer

"The book offers young readers plenty to look at, along with a simple message about the way prayer unites everyone, as the multicultural subjects in Velasquez's gorgeous illustrations make clear."

"...this beautiful book brings prayer to the modern world and hauntingly shows just how needed it is."

"The diverse people sharing the night, the realistic dilemmas of the people in need, and the handsome presentation should serve well as bedtime reading for families practicing daily prayer."

— Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

"A good starting place for discussion, this will give youngsters a sense of those in need as well as what’s worth praying for."

— Ilene Cooper