The Moon Over Star


Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

- Chosen by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to read to children at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. February 3, 2009

NASA astronaut Melvin Leland also selected it to read to schoolchildren for African-American History Month.

- Coretta Scott King Honor Award

- Bank Street’s 2009 Best Books of the Year

- The Great Lakes Great Books Award nominee, 2011

- County Young Readers Award nominee


“In a child’s voice but with lovely storytelling cadences, Aston tells the story of the excitement, anticipation and skepticism felt by one family on July 20, 1969…. Pinkney’s vibrant illustrations exquisitely complement the moving story.” - Kirkus Reviews

“….the text combines dignity and immediacy in a clean, spare telling of events….A quiet, satisfying tribute to this milestone in human history and its power to inspire others….Perfect for one-on-one sharing, this lovely book has a universality that gives it broad appeal.” - Booklist