MOONLIGHT MEMORIES tells the story of a young girl who is dealing with the loss of a loved one and finds comfort and healing through creativity. The story was inspired by Amanda’s own personal experience with losing her father at a young age and using the arts to process, escape, and heal. Through her words and visuals, she realized she would always carry the memory of her father with her. What follows is an imaginary conversation with grown-up Amanda and her younger self.
In conversation with Amanda & Amanda
Make a Memory Rock!
What are some other ways we can capture memories of our loved ones? One way is to create a Memory Rock that has a word that reminds you of your loved one on it. You can carry your Memory Rock with you as a reminder that your loved one is with you always or you could leave it in a place that your loved one enjoyed.
Find the corresponding worksheet with project instructions at www.amandadavisart.com
written by Amanda Davis, illustrated by Michelle Jing Chan
Discover how a young girl gains healing and hope as she processes the loss of a loved one in this beautifully sensitive story.
Piper is feeling sad and empty after the loss of her mother. So when her father, who is struggling in his own way, gives her a telescope to console her, she’s excited to explore the night sky. But she doesn’t find stars or planets when she looks through her lens. Instead, she finds a constellation of memories, a treasured collection of big and small moments with her mother, which she hurries to draw before they fade from view. Night after night she sketches, until eventually, she finds herself in a room covered in memories, surrounded by reminders of her mother’s love.
This poignant book offers children a pathway to acknowledge and process their grief over the loss of a loved one. The author’s spare and lyrical language provides the emotional depth the topic requires, while allowing parents and caregivers to use the book to begin deeper conversations with their young loved ones. Whether children choose to use art as their outlet or find another way, the message is clear: they can carry the memories of their loved ones with them. An ending Note to Parents features guidance from a licensed children’s counselor about how to use the book and where to find additional resources. Written from a place of personal experience, this story strives to bring comfort to children hurting after loss.
About Amanda Davis
Hi Friends! My name is Amanda Davis. I’m a teacher, artist, writer, and innovator who uses my words and pictures to light up the world with kindness. After losing my father at the age of twelve, I turned to art and writing as an outlet. It became my voice. A way to cope. A way to escape. And a way to tell my story. I was thus inspired to teach art and pursue my passion for writing and illustrating children’s books. Through my work, I strive to empower younger generations to tell their own stories and offer children and adults an entryway into a world of discovery. A world that can help them make sense of themselves, others, and the community around them. A world where they can navigate, imagine, and feel inspired—over and over again.