Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
This story of a mother coyote’s evening journey to hunt for prey to feed her family does just what a picture book should do: uses words and illustrations together to convey mood, tell a story, and entice readers to empathize with the story from the coyote’s viewpoint. The subtle changes in color show the progression of time from darkest night to early dawn, and the words help hint at slight noises and other senses the coyote uses to hunt her prey. I love that it is actually a suburban landscape, as the coyote slinks through the neighborhood–including a golf course and a lakeside. A telling reminder that wild animals have their dens even in spaces now occupied by humans. More information about coyotes is included at the end of the book, detailing facts about habitat, diet, family bonding, and more. A delicious non-fiction book to share with young–and not-so-young–audiences.