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A Diverse Picture Book Review: Nonni’s Moon by Julia Inserro

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Guest post by Jolie Valentine-Field Elementary School Library

Thank you to Julia Inserro, the author of the new picture book, Nonni’s Moon, for gifting Field Elementary Library with a review copy.

 Nonni’s Moon is written by Julia Inserro and illustrated by Lucy Smith, published by Julia Inserro. This is a picture book about a young girl and her family separated by many time zones, and their struggles to stay in touch. Beanie misses her Nonni desperately and wants to talk to her every day. Rather than calling on the phone, the two devise a clever plan to use the moon to send messages to each other.  

Nonni's Moon

A Diverse Picture Book: Nonni’s Moon

A Story about staying connected with loved ones, even when you live far apart.

No one knows more than Beanie how hard it is to live far away from loved ones. She lives across the world from her Nonni and misses her every day. But then she figures out a way she and Nonni can send messages back and forth—through the moon!

Beanie’s teacher wears a headscarf and her family is mixed race. Some elements of the illustrations, like the palm trees and desert hills outside Beanie’s school, may call to mind a setting in the Middle East, but no country is specifically mentioned in the text. Nonni, (Italian for “grandmother”) seems to live in a large city on the “other side of the world”, although the illustrations blend from page to page in such a way that it is difficult to place any character precisely.

The text is welcoming and natural at the beginning of the book, reflecting the way children talk about missing relatives and their attempts to understand time zones and large geographic distances. The solution about “sending messages through the moon” is comforting and sweet and helps give Beanie things to look forward to each day besides just thinking about her sadness. Beanie is excited to share her strategy with her teacher who also has faraway relatives.

The text was very well paced until the last two pages, with the extra problem of how to use the new communication strategy during a new moon. But overall, many children with faraway family members will be able to relate to Beanie and her worries and will appreciate her solution.

About The Author

Julia Inserro

Julia Inserro is a mom of three littles, living abroad with her husband and a handful of cats. She is a writer, reader, photographer, and explorer. She is the author of Nonni’s Moon, her first children’s book, released in 2018. Subscribe to be the first to hear about her next book(s) — there are at least TWO scheduled for 2019.

Nonni’s Moon Activities and Printables

Subscribe to Julia’s email list to receive the Nonni’s Moon Activity Book. It’s 20 pages full of moon-related activities and crafts for your little one.

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**This review was created in honor Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19)**

Now in its 6th year, Multicultural Children’s Book Day was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.  

MCBD2019 is January 25, 2019

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