Looking to add more diversity to your library? Read this multicultural children’s book review of ‘The Night Owl Goes to Space’ by Kim C. Lee.
I hummed “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as I crammed books onto my son’s bookshelf. I have a bad habit of setting them on the floor after we finish our bedtime reading. There is usually a tall pile by the time I finally put them away.
But if there is one thing I don’t mind cleaning up, it’s books. As an avid reader and a mom who is working hard to instill a love of reading in my kids, I cherish our books.
I’m also quite particular about which ones we read. Books are a window to the outside world and help shape how we think. So it’s important to me that the books we read reflect the diverse world we live in.
That’s why I was thrilled to have an opportunity to review a book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. I was matched with The Night Owl Goes to Space by Kim C. Lee.
I was gifted a copy of “The Night Owl Goes to Space” to write this post. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided.
The Night Owl Goes to Space
This charming picture book follows the journey of an adventurous little boy who dreams of exploring space. His adventures take him far beyond his bed and into the vast reaches of outer space.
As we follow our little night owl, we get to tag along as he visits the planets and all the wonderful things in space. Just to make it back in bed in time for his alarm to go off.
About the Author
The author, Kim C. Lee, is an American author living in Maryland. She wrote her first book The Night Owl as a gift for her son and went on to write a few other books including Meet Frankie Jordan and Grand Joy.
The Night Owl Goes to Space is a continuation of The Night Owl. As much as we enjoyed this book, I’m looking forward to reading the first one.
Kim shares her passion for diversity and inclusivity through her writing, aiming to inspire children of all backgrounds to see themselves represented in literature.
You can head to Kim C. Lee’s website to learn more about this amazing author and her other books.
My Thoughts on The Night Owl Goes to Space
I enjoyed the book and so did my son. We sat down to read it together and we were both captivated by the colorful illustrations and the story.
We loved how the book talked about the planets in space and even mentioned some of the moons that orbit the planets. My son went through an outer space phase, so he was excited to see some familiar names and learn about new ones.
The message of following your dreams and exploring new places is also something I appreciated. It’s an important lesson for children to learn and this book presents it in a fun and relatable way.
A nice bonus for the books is that the little boy looked a lot like my son. To see how tickled his little face was when he noticed it really drove home how important representation in literature is.
Multicultural Children’s Book Review – A few of our favorite things
Here are a few of the other things we liked most about the book:
- Beautiful illustrations
- Rhyming (I love it when children’s books rhyme! )
- Extra space facts throughout the book and at the end. They made the book educational as well as enjoyable to read.
- Length – The book was long enough to feel like a good story but short enough for bedtime.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2024 (1/25/25) is in its 11th year! Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen founded this non-profit children’s literacy initiative; they are two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural diverse books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.
Read Your World’s mission is to raise awareness of the need to include kids’ books celebrating diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission and history HERE.
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Final Thoughts on Multicultural Children’s Book Review – The Night Owl Goes to Space
Would I recommend reading The Night Owl Goes to Space by Kim C. Lee? Absolutely! It’s a wonderful addition to our bedtime story routine and I don’t doubt it would be a wonderful addition to yours!
If you’re looking for more books that support diversity, be sure to check out the other books reviewed for Multicultural Children’s Book Day.
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Candice is a mom of 3 who has been homeschooling since 2013. She has an A.A.S. in Early Childhood Studies and cares deeply about helping other parents get the information and resources they need to help them homeschool their children with confidence.