Owl Moon

  • Author / Illustrator: Jane Yolen / John Schoenherr
  • Fiction/ Realism
  • Grade Range/Level Recommendation: young reader (3-8 yrs.)

1988 Caldecott Medal
ALA Notable Book
Reading Rainbow Book
Junior Literary Guild selection

Summary: A father takes his daughter owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. They are bundled warmly for their trudge through snow across fields into the woods.  Pa imitates the Great Horned Owl’s call waiting for an answer. An answer comes and from out of the shadows of the woods arrives the Great Horned Owl.

Themes: curiosity, natural world


  1. We understand why they needed to be silent while hunting the owl, but why did they return home in silence?
  2. It’s hard to tell if the child in the story is a boy or girl. Does it make any difference to the story? Why, or why not?

Extension Activities:

  1. make an owl craft like found at Crafts by Amanda or this stuffed Newspaper Owl  found at DLTK’s Crafts for Kids, or Mrs. Brown’s Art Class.
  2. try science experiment on echos


Comment: The illustrations set the quietness of this story – read as quietly as possible to enhance the experience. As slow down the speed you read at – have a questioning about your reading.

Personal / PB


Published in: Fiction, Picture Book, Realism on July 19, 2011 at2:08 pm Comments (0)
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