"Eloquent, elegant, memorable, I'll Be the Moon: A Migrant Child's Story is a very special and unreservedly recommended pick for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8."
– Midwest Book Review
"Bold hope is the theme of this picture book."
– Foreword Reviews
"Poetic and moving, I’ll Be The Moon is the rare bedtime story that begins only as the book ends."
– Elizabeth Gonzalez James, author of Mona at Sea and The Bullet Swallow
"Cortez writes a spirited, deeply-written poem in the voice of a migrant child.
– Nanny Miss Monique, Childcare Industry Influencer and Early Literacy Advocate
"This book connects family, sacrifice, and memories in a sweet story about a young girl longing to be reunited with her father. The moon is her constant companion, and a reminder that her father's love knows no borders. The story is a relatable tale of a child , like many around the world, who wish for nothing more than to be a family under the moon again."
– Olga Elbancol, 2023 Librarian of the Year at Socorro ISD (Texas)
"Phillip D. Cortez has given voice to a story most of us cannot even fathom. His gracious words convey the depth and strength of the human spirit."
– Calvin Crosby, co-owner of The King's English and Brain Food Books
"Cortez's simple but rich telling of a child's view of crossing the desert brilliantly engages all of the senses as you follow the desert path with the moon as a familiar guide."
– Rebecca Calderon, Ysleta ISD (TX) Library & Innovative Learning Department
"This is a great children’s book to teach imagery and figurative language with!"
– Meg Libertucci, Little Free Library steward (NY)
"A lovely story about dreams, what it’s like to leave everything behind and letting the moon guide you home."
– Martina Ultras, Las Vegas NV
"I can't wait to share this heartwarming and beautifully written story with my students!"
– Veronica Perez, Patlan Elementary Librarian, Seguin ISD (TX)