Grace Moon

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Grace Moon
Grace Purdie Moon.jpg
Born (1884-02-05)February 5, 1884
Died 1947 (aged 62–63)
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Children's literature
Notable works

Grace Moon was an American children's author, publishing many works on Native American themes. Her most notable work was Runaway Papoose, which won a Newbery Honor in 1929.[1]


She was born Grace Purdie in Indianapolis. Moon received her education from the University of Wisconsin, National Academy of Design, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.[2][3] She spent several years in Europe and explored Aztec ruins in Mexico with her father. Her "bringing out" party was at the American Legation in Buenos Aires.[4] In 1911 she married Carl Moon, a painter and photographer of the American Indian.[5] Carl worked at El Tovar Studio in the Grand Canyon from 1911 until they moved to Pasadena in 1914. The couple had two children Francis-Maxwell and Mary.[4] They collaborated on 22 children's books on the Pueblos and Navajos with Carl illustrating some of them.


  • Indian Legends in Rhyme - 1917
  • Lost Indian Magic: A Mystery Story of the Red Man as He Lived Before the White Men Came – 1918
  • Wongo and the Wise Old Crow - 1923
  • Chi-Wee, The Adventures of a Little Indian Girl – 1925
  • Chi-Wee and Loki of the Desert - 1926
  • Nadita (Little Nothing) - 1927
  • Runaway Papoose – 1928
  • The Magic Trail – 1929
  • The Missing Katchina - 1930
  • The Arrow of Teemay - 1930
  • Far-away Desert - 1932
  • Book of Nah-Wee - 1932
  • Shanty Ann - 1935
  • Singing Sands - 1936
  • White Indian - 1937, "The story is well-paced and not too far-fetched."[6]
  • Solita -1938, "Grace Moon has established a reputation for this type of story, and though there is no particular distinction to this one, it is good routine story-adventure against a Mexican background."[7]
  • Daughter of Thunder - 1942, "All Moon books give accurate pictures of Navajo life, showing various customs such as the Rain Dance."[8]
  • One Little Indian - 1950


  1. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2015-05-04. 
  2. ^ The Writer, Volume 30, William Henry Hills, Robert Luce, p. 74, 1918
  3. ^ "Moon, Grace." Junior Book Of Authors (1951): Biography Reference Bank (H.W. Wilson). Web. 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b Carl Moon family photograph and clipping album, Carl Moon Collection of Family Photographs and Ephemera, Huntington Library
  5. ^ Best Of The West 2012: Carl Moon, Photographer With A Native Heart Cowboys and Indians, Dana Joseph, June 2012
  6. ^ "White Indian". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Solita". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Daughter of Thunder". Kirkus Media LLC. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  • In Search of the Wild Indian: photographs and life works by Carl and Grace Moon, Tom Driebe, Maurose Publishing, 1997

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