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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

Yellow Moon, Apple Moon

by (author) Pamela Porter

illustrated by Matt James

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Feb 2008
Bedtime & Dreams, Imagination & Play, Nursery Rhymes
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2008
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p to 12


Finalist for the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration

In this delightful bedtime rhyme a young child bids good night to the moon, recalling all the familiar things surrounding her -- from her pillow, her book and her kitten to the swing outside, the robins in the trees and the starry night.

Written by award-winning novelist and poet Pamela Porter, the book is complemented by the swirling, joyful and whimsical illustrations of Matt James, an acclaimed visual artist. The words and music for "At the Gate of Heaven" ("A la puerta del cielo"), a New Mexican lullaby, are included.

About the authors

Pamela Porter was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she lived in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Washington and Montana before emigrating to Canada with her husband, the fourth generation of a farm family in southeastern Saskatchewan, the backdrop for much of Pamela's work. She is the author of three collections of poetry, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals across Canada and the US as well as being featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. She is also the author of a number of children’s books, including Sky and Yellow Moon, Apple Moon (illustrated by Matt James).


Pamela's first novel in verse, The Crazy Man, received the TD Children's Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Governor General's Award, as well as several children's choice awards. It was also named a Jane Addams Foundation Honor Book and won the Texas Institute of Letters, Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Young Adult Book.


Pamela lives near Sidney, B.C., with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs and cats.

Pamela Porter's profile page

Matt James' profile page


  • Winner, New Mexico Book Awards - Children's Picture Book
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration

Editorial Reviews

The colour palette of Matt James's acrylic and India ink illustrations has a van Gogh-like brilliance to it...there's plenty for the eyes as well as the ear.

Globe and Mail

...James' illustrations greatly enhance the book, magnifying the colourful and whimsical elements contained within Porter's text. [They] have a texture and fluidity highly suggestive of the vibrancy and energetic movement of a young child...reminiscent of Van Gogh...[Some adults] will be reminded of their own sweet childhood experiences falling asleep to the sound of parents reading...Yellow Moon, Apple Moon is likely to create similarly lasting and pleasant memories.

CM Magazine

This beautifully illustrated bedtime book is destined to become a classic. With dreamy illustrations and rhyming text by award-winning author Pamela Porter this is a perfect gift for a new baby.

Vaughan Today

James's acrylic and ink illustrations have the energy and swirl of a child's imagination, yet his combination of lively colors are somehow soothing...Porter carries listeners gently on a stream of melody...Yellow Moon, Apple Moon affirms, empowers, and assures while singing youngsters into a charmed world called sleep.

School Library Journal

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