Ladder to the Moon is written by US President, Barack Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. It is a magical tribute to their mother.

The title comes from a postcard of the 1958 Georgia O’Keefe painting, Ladder to the Moon.

In this beautiful picture book, the text and illustrations work as one. Illustrator, Yuyi Morales talks about her connection to the story and this comes through in her pictures.

Little Suhaila wishes she had known her grandma, who (her mother tells her) would have wrapped her arms round the whole world if she could. And one night Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window and Grandma Annie, arms outstretched, invites the girl to come along with her on a journey.

In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng distils her mother’s love for family, her compassion and her ethic of service into the story of a remarkable meeting between grandmother and grandchild. Yuyi Morales’s vibrant, emotionally resonant artwork illuminates this dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us – and that sometimes we need only to look at the moon and remember.

Ladder to the Moon has  universal themes of love and acceptance. Its global message makes it a great book to be discussed within families and the classroom.

A number of religions are represented and there’s a message of tolerance and hope in this story.

It’s about a love that links families through the generations, even when they have never met.

Ladder to the Moon is published in Australia by Walker Books.

Published by

Dee White

Dee White lives with her husband and two sons in a small rural country town which has more kangaroos than people. She has worked as an advertising copywriter and journalist and has had numerous career changes because until recently, writing wasn’t considered to be a proper job. Letters to Leonardo, her first novel with Walker Books Australia, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.