Like the Moon Loves the Sky

by Hena Khan (Author) Saffa Khan (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A lyrical and heartwarming celebration of a mother's love for her children by the award-winning author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.

In this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children: "Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah you are loved, like the moon loves the sky." With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by the Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a parent's unconditional love.

For families who have read and loved Under My Hijab, Yo Soy Muslim, and Mommy's Khimar.  A sweet and lovely bedtime book to help let children know they are loved and precious.

Hena Khan is the author of Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets, Night of the Moon, and many other books for children. She lives in Rockville, Maryland.

Saffa Khan is an illustrator and printmaker born in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan, and living in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Kirkus Reviews

This beautiful, sweet, heartfelt message of love and hope for a child will resonate with many.


This love letter, a rarity in its lightness of hand, is one that parents will cherish bringing into their bedtime routines.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

Hena Khan (More to the Story) opens this peaceful incantation with a spread of young brown-skinned parents bowed over an infant: "Inshallah you are all/ that is gentle and good." A page turn later, they push the baby in a stroller: "Inshallah you feel safe, / like all children should." Debuting illustrator Saffa Khan creates vibrant ink and digital spreads in sunset tints striated with blues and greens. As the pages turn, the infant becomes a child, learns to ride a bike ("Inshallah you have faith/ that won't waver or bend"), and learns to take responsibility for actions; the child is pictured on a doorstep with two friends, one hijabi, holding a note that reads "sorry." Thoughtfully, a spread that accompanies the words "Inshallah you travel/ to thrilling new places" shows children, including one using a wheelchair, playing make believe instead of on a picturesque overseas trip. It's a view of a childhood focused not just on well-being, but on hope--to "count all your blessings" and "find wonder"--as well. An author's note defines inshallah ("if God wills it" in Arabic) as a word "used by people of many faiths to reflect the idea of a greater force or power beyond ourselves." Ages 3-5. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K—A bedtime story that reassures children that they are loved. This book depicts parents' aspirations and desires for their children at different stages of life. Each page starts with the phrase "Inshallah," which means "if God wills it" in Arabic. Although these hopes and wishes are inspired by the Quran, they portray parents' universal desires for their children, such as "Inshallah you feel safe, like all children should," "Inshallah you are kind to those most in need." Each page depicts how different stages of a child's life add new expectations and hopes for parents, such as "Inshallah you reach out to make new friends" and "Inshallah you speak truth and work for its sake." The illustrations expand across each spread along with one simple sentence and showcase Arabic calligraphy as art pieces on the walls. The artwork is colored with matte tones and has a two-dimensional feel. VERDICT A book for Muslim families to introduce religious traditions to young children and for non-Muslim families who wish to teach diversity and religious acceptance.—Noureen Qadir-Jafar, Syosset Library, NY

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Hena Khan
Hena Khan is a Pakistani American writer. She is the author of the middle grade novels Amina's Voice, Amina's Song, More to the Story, and the Zara's Rules series and picture books Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, Under My Hijab, and It's Ramadan, Curious George, among others. Hena lives in her hometown of Rockville, Maryland, with her family. You can learn more about Hena and her books by visiting her website at or connecting with her @HenaKhanBooks.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Chronicle Books
Publication date
March 10, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV039050 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emotions & Feelings
JUV013060 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV033270 - Juvenile Fiction | Religious | Muslim
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme
Mother and child
Conduct of life
Customs and practices
Love, Paternal
Love, Maternal

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