God Made the Moonlight by Erin Broestl, Illustrated by Jean Schoonover-Egolf

God Made the Moonlight by Erin Broestl, Illustrated by Jean Schoonover-Egolf

Reviewed by A.R.K. Watson

If you want a relaxing, beautifully illustrated, and atmospheric story to read to your little one at bedtime, this is a great pick. God Made the Moonlight is a simple child’s reflection on all the things she loves about the moon and nighttime: how it looks in different seasons, phases, and environments, and how safe it makes her feel. This children’s book sends the message that the moon is a loving gift from a protective God and there is nothing to fear about the dark.

  • Genre: Children’s Literature
  • Themes: Bedtime, Safety, Loving God, Protective God, Blessings, Light and Dark, Nature
  • Audience: 3-6 years of age
  • Year Published: 2019
  • Author’s Worldview: Catholic

The illustrations are mesmerizing. Egolf has already proved herself an expert illustrator with her Molly McBride series, but her talents really shine in these atmospheric illustrations. I hope she does more illustrations that focus on lighting and contrast.

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This book is perfect for ages three and up, though I would emphasize that I think this is best as a book to be read to a child versus a book for a child that is beginning to learn how to read. Though there are few words, some are complex words like “Cheshire” that make it more difficult for a beginner-reader. The font is also rather small for someone just learning to recognize letters. However, as a calming bedtime story or book of pretty pictures for your daydreamer to peruse, it’s excellent.

The book ends with a picture of the moon shining into a child’s bedroom, illuminating the cross that hangs on the wall. The final words, “God made the moonlight…for me,” imply that the beauty of the natural world is God’s way of showing that He loves us and is watching over us.