YOU ARE THE LIGHT, by Aaron Becker, Candlewick Studio, Candlewick Press


With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light.

This is the light that brings the day.

Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles glow. In an elegant, sparely narrated ode to the phenomenon of light, Aaron Becker follows as light reflects off the earth to warm our faces, draws up the sea to make the rain, feeds all the things that grow, and helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves.

approx. 40 pages

Out March 12, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I must confess that when this book came into my office, my husband and I played with it by holding it up to the window to appreciate the colours better, although, it wasn’t really necessary. The colours in the die-cuts was beautiful with or without the light from the window.  We just wanted to play with the book. 🙂

It is so beautiful in its simplicity. The extra-ordinary design tells a story of natural beauty in all the things around us and especially in ourselves. Geared for ages 4 to 8, I think just for the art value and ingenuity of design, this book would be great for other ages… like curious adults even. 🙂

It now sits like a work of art on my window sill in front of my desk, and depending on the type of day, reflects a vibrant rainbow of colours set in a unique design. I can see this book captivating the curiosity of the young, allowing them to explore colours in the beauty of their surroundings. It will stir delight and creativity.

The author is a Caldecott Honor-winning author/illustrator of the “Journey” trilogy and of “A Stone for Sascha.”

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