Nigel and the Moon by author Antwan Eady and illustrator Gracey Zhang

Reading Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Pubisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: February 21, 2022

At home at night, a youngster named Nigel speaks to the moon about careers he wants to have when he grows up. In school, Nigel does not share the same skin color as his classmates. In books, he does not see people with his skin color as dancers, astronauts or superheroes. He sits quietly in class and does not participate in career day conversations. He is embarrassed to talk about his parents’ occupations. To Nigel’s surprise, his parents appear on the last day of career week and proudly discuss their occupations and their feelings for Nigel in front of the class. This event gives Nigel the fortitude to speak to his classmates about his aspirations. Scenes and feelings in illustrations are easily read.

Nigel and the Moon was selected by Jumpstart Read for the Record 2022 to be read nationally on October 27, 2022. https://www.jstart.org/read-for-the-record/

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