cover image Season of Light

Season of Light

Jess Redman, illus. by Ramona Kaulitzki. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-374-31460-6

Redman sets gifts and treats in the context of lasting values in a celebration of Christmas anticipation. In rhyming quatrains, loosely scanning verse broadly details a seasonal activity (“After red and green dreams/ We wake up before the sun./ We’re counting down December days/ But savoring each one”), then categorizes each as part of a temporal moment (“This is a season of joy”). Including wonder, faith, and light, each concept downplays gratification and underscores generosity. Via soft digital art that foregrounds connection and light, Kaulitzki creates wide-eyed characters, portrayed with various skin tones, arranging a domestic creche, gathering for a meal, participating in a church nativity, and caroling outside an assisted living facility. It’s a community-focused look at simple holiday joys. Ages 3–6. (Sept.)