Full Moon Lore

Cover: Full Moon Lore

Every month has a full moon, and every full moon has a story. Full Moon Lore explores the origins of each full moon's name, from the Strawberry Moon to the Wolf Moon and beyond. Told in rolling prose with delightful nighttime illustrations, this story is a sweet look at nature, seasons, and the mystery of the full moon. Includes Moon Facts and additional back matter.



  • Dewey: 529/.2
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585369652): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 04/15/2017
  • PDF (9781634720670): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 04/15/2017
  • Hosted ebook (9781634720687): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2017, 04/15/2017
  • Subject: Language Arts, Natural Sciences


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 5 - Age 8
  • Suggested Reading Level: Grade 2
  • Lexile® Measure: 900
  • Guided Reading Level: N

BISAC Subjects


  • 2018-2019 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award, Short-listed, 2018


School Library Journal - Full Moon Lore

This picture book takes readers through a calendar year of full moons. A cursory introduction explains, “People long ago kept track of the seasons by giving each full moon a special name.” Each month’s unique moon is identified, from January’s Wolf Moon, to June’s Strawberry Moon, to December’s Cold Moon, and closing with the additional Blue Moon. The lyrical text briefly explores the lunar lore behind the names: as April’s Pink Moon heralds the arrival of spring blossoms, “It was believed that the moon used his hand to sprinkle the ground with seeds.” Stewart’s full-page realistic illustrations capture many atmospheric details of the changing seasons and the resulting effect on wildlife. November’s spread depicts the Hunter Moon illuminating ploughed fields full of rolled bales of hay as an owl and a fox search for food in the foreground. An end page includes nine assorted scientific facts about the moon, as well as a summary list of the full moon names noted. However, there are no source notes as to the cultural origins of the names selected. VERDICT This poetic treatment works best as a general introduction to the topic.


Author: Ellen Wahi

Ellen Wahi taught in Michigan schools for the 50 years, during which time she was involved in all levels of education: directing her own preschool, working as a learning consultant in elementary schools for many years, and most recently teaching at Grand Valley State University in the Teacher Education program in Traverse City. She is retired and splits her time between Michigan and California, but when she's home Ellen can often be found watching the moon rise over magical Torch Lake in northern Michigan.

Illustrator: Ashley Stewart

Ashley Stewart has had a variety of jobs, from hand painting Christmas ornaments to creating manuals for industrial balancing machines. Her favorite job by far is bringing stories to life through illustration. She lives in scenic Lynchburg, Virginia with her husband Chris and a very noisy little bird named Sully. You can find her online at ashleystewart-art.com.