Owl Moon (Philomel Books, 1987)
Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird. But there is no answer. Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.
Owl Moon is a 1987 children’s picture book by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr. It won many awards, most notably the Caldecott Medal for its illustrations. It has been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages, including French, German, Chinese, and Korean. Yolen described the book as “a positive family story. It’s about a girl and her father. Usually stories of a little girl are with her mother. It is gentle yet adventurous, quiet yet full of sound.”