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Nigel and the Moon: An Inspiring Story About Dreaming Big and Believing in Oneself (+Video)

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

Title: Nigel and the Moon

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Recommended Grades: 4-8

Where to order: Bookshop Here

Published: February 15, 2022

Book Description

From debut author Antwan Eady and artist Gracey Zhang comes a glowing tale about the young dreaming big. A perfect story to demonstrate how pride in where we come from can bring a shining confidence.

When Nigel looks up at the moon, his future is bright. He imagines himself astronaut, a dancer, a superhero, too! Among the stars, he twirls. With pride, his chest swells. And his eyes, they glow. Nigel is the most brilliant body in the sky. But it's Career Week at school, and Nigel can't find the courage to share his dreams. It's easy to whisper them to the moon, but not to his classmates--especially when he already feels out of place.


Nigel and the Moon follows Nigel's inspiring journey to find the courage and pride in himself - and his family - to be able to share his dreams with his classmates.

"Dream big, Son," Dad says.

"And Be proud of who you are," says Mom.

Sweet illustrations throughout the story show a little Black boy just being - being a dreamer, being loved, being affirmed, being unsure, being confident - just being a little boy. There's something special about that. We need more of this please!

This inspiring story about dreaming big and believing in oneself will leave readers uplifted and ready to take on the world. It should be included on every home, library, and classroom bookshelf!


Join Antwan Eady as he read his debut picture book, NIGEL AND THE MOON, an affirming story about a young boy who finds the courage to dream big.

(Author) Antwan Eady grew up in Garnett, SC, where he spent most of his days riding four wheelers, fishing, and imagining a world without limitations.

Eady is the author of NIGEL AND THE MOON (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins) along with upcoming titles MICAH'S RISE (2023) and THE LAST STAND (Knopf BFYR - 2024).

When he isn’t writing, he’s searching for the best Low Country boil in Savannah, GA where he currently resides. Find him here.

(Illustrator) Gracey Zhang is a freelance illustrator and animator, she received her BA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the author and illustrator of Scholastic children’s book, LALA’S WORDS as well as illustrator of THE BIG BATH HOUSE, NIGEL AND THE MOON, and THE UPSIDE-DOWN HAT.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, she has participated in artist residencies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Angoulême, France. Gracey is now based in New York where she can be found working from her Brooklyn studio.. Find her here.


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