cover image You Are Light

You Are Light

Aaron Becker. Candlewick Studio, $15.99 (16p) ISBN 978-1-5362-0115-4

Becker (the Journey trilogy) celebrates life-sustaining light in this unusual board book. Blending science and poetry with just a few words, the text introduces the ways that light shapes our world: “It sips the sea/ to make the rain”; “It lights the moon/ to kiss the night.” Corresponding symbols (a splashing ocean wave, a bright moon) lie at the center of each elegantly spare spread, surrounded by a ring of die-cut circles that gradually fill in with discs of transparent color as the pages turn. Like Hervé Tullet’s Press Here, this title will invite interactive read-alouds—its sturdy cut-outs are perfectly sized for small hands. Forming a luminous, rainbow-hued sphere when the covers close, the circular pattern of colors resembles stained glass window panels in a house of worship, as well as a secular view through a kaleidoscope, reinforcing the mood of quiet awe and universal connection in the book’s final lines: “This light is you. And you are the light.” Becker’s artful board book offers opportunities for tactile play and deeper contemplation. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 4–8. [em](Mar.) [/em]