These books about the moon and the stars provide dreamy bedtime stories.

“Ladder to the Moon” by Maya Soetoro-Ng, Illustrated by YuYi Morales, 2011, Candlewick Press, Ages 4 and up.

In this magical picturebook, a granddaughter takes an imaginary journey to visit her grandmother, and together they climb a sky ladder on an adventure to the moon. Inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keefe’s painting, Ladder to the Moon, the author also draws from her experiences of building a bridge between family generations.   Soetoro-Ng’s own daughters never knew their grandmother, who died before they were born. This story tells of love’s power to create a bridge which binds a family together in life and spirit.

“Your Moon, My Moon” by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Bryan Collier, 2011, Simon & Schuster, Ages 4-8.

A grandmother and grandchild both see the same moon, even though they live in different parts of the world, one in Africa, and one in America. The contrast of their daily lives becomes remote when both look to the same moon each night. Illustrations of watercolor and collage provide bright and realistic depictions of the child’s and grandmother’s lives.

“Stars” by Mary Lyn Ray and Illustrated by Marla Frazee, 2011, Beach Lane Books, Ages 4-8.

Stars may light up the night sky, but they also might be a silver snowflake, a yellow flower on a pumpkin vine or a pin on a sheriff’s shirt. Some days we feel like a star, and some days we don’t feel shiny. A star takes many forms, which are explored through this simplistic text with soft, expressive illustrations.

“The Man in the Moon” by William Joyce, 2011, Atheneum Books, Ages 5 to 10.

The Man in the Moon is the first in a series of picturebooks about the guardians of childhood, including the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Santa Clause. The author, William Joyce, is known for his work on the films Toy Story, Robots, and the TV show Rolie, Polie, Olie. In this enchanting book, the Man in the Moon, seeks to find ways to help the children on Earth to fall asleep at bedtime. He battles the Nightmare Men and unites the tooth gatherer, the toy maker, the sand dropper to watch over the children of Earth. Thus the Guardians of the Children begin. This fantasy adventure is filled with vivid and imaginative illustrations sure to make fans of children and adults.

A book about the moon and stars may be just what’s needed to help a young one nod off to sleep.