Owl Moon

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Owl Moon
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Owl Moon cover
AuthorJane Yolen
IllustratorJohn Schoenherr
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's picture book
PublisherPhilomel Books
Publication date
[E] 19
LC ClassPZ7.Y78 Ow 1987

Owl Moon is a 1987 children's picture book by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr. It won many awards, most notably being the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations,[1] and has appeared on Reading Rainbow in the US. It has been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages, including French, German, Chinese, and Korean.

Yolen described the book as, "a positive family story. It's about a girl and her father. Usually stories of a little girl are with her mother. It is gentle yet adventurous, quiet yet full of sound".[2]


The story deals with a father that takes his daughter owling for the first time on a cold winter's night. Along their way, they encounter a great horned owl. While it is not stated which gender the child is, Schoenherr's illustrations gave it away. According to Jane Yolen's website, she is actually Yolen's child, Heidi Stemple. The "Pa" character is based on her husband, an avid outdoorsman and birdwatcher.[3] "I've become aware of nature through my husband", said Yolen.[3]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  2. ^ "Interview with Jane, October 2007". Embracing the Child. October 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  3. ^ a b "Jane Yolen". PBS Parents. PBS. Retrieved 2009-01-07.

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Preceded by
Hey, Al
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Song and Dance Man