Awards and Recognition



  • New England Book Award, New England Booksellers Association, 2004
  • Notable Book Award, American Library Association, 2005
  • Massachusetts Book Award, 2005.


BOOKLIST   If a good picture book does what it sets out to do, a great one sets out to do something huge and succeeds. Living Sunlight talks to young children about photosynthesis (a vital process that most adults would be hard put to explain) in a way that tells what is actually happening at the molecular level. It also tells
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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL    In this sequel to My Light (Scholastic, 2004), the focus is photosynthesis and its connection to all living things. The sun continues to be the “star” of the show, narrating the lyrical text. The verse is a mix of fun and fact, explaining that “My light becomes the energy/for all life on Earth.” Although the text
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NATURAL HISTORY    Living Sunlight is less a tutorial on photosynthesis than a magnificent celebration of life.



  • American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Award for Excellence in Science Books
  • Banks Street Cook Prize Honor Book
  • Booklist Editor’s Choice & Top 10 Book for Youth
  • A Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice Title
  • A Kirkus Best Children’s Book Title
  • Massachusetts Book Award
  • New York Museum of Natural History Riverby Award


BOOKLIST ★ Like its companion books, My Light (2004) and Living Sunlight (2009), this richly illustrated, densely informative picture book is narrated by the sun.
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BOOKLIST EDITORS CHOICE 2012  Never underestimating its child audience, this ambitious, visually brilliant picture book shows how the sun supports life by sustaining the ocean’s microscopic phytoplankton, an essential part of marine food chains and a major supplier of the earth’s oxygen.

THE BOOKLIST READER   Cindy: Photosynthesis never looked so beautiful! Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas (Scholastic/Blue Sky 2012) is a new offering from the dynamic duo of children’s author-illustrator Molly Bang and MIT professor Penny Chisholm who brought us Living Sunlight (2009).
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KIRKUS  ★  An awe-inspiring lesson in photosynthesis goes under the sea.
As in this pair’s previous Living Sunlight (2009), the sun addresses readers to explain the role of solar energy in supporting the chain of life—this time in the ocean.
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY  ★  As she did in Living Sunlight and My Light, Bang creates a character out of the sun, this time focusing on its role in the ocean’s ecosystems: “My light-energy,/ first caught by phytoplankton,/ flows through/ the ocean’s chains of life.” Bang creates dimension and visual drama with her use of
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  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • nominee, America Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Award for Excellence in Science Picture Books
  • Chosen by Kirkus as one of the best children’s books of 2014
  • Chosen by the HORN BOOK as one of the best books of 2014 
  • On NY Public Library’s “100 Children’s Book Titles for Reading and Sharing List” in 2014
  • Short list, GREEN EARTH BOOK AWARD 2015 


KIRKUS    This fourth in Chisholm and Bang’s series about the sun’s relationship to life on Earth explores its ancient stores of fossil fuels and the effect of intense and rapid consumption of these in recent human history.
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THE HORN BOOK MAGAZINE    In the latest of Bang and Chisholm’s excellent books on the role of the sun’s energy in powering life processes on Earth (Living Sunlight, rev. 5/09; Ocean Sunlight, rev. 5/12), the production and consumption of fossil fuels are explained, along with the sobering—and overwhelming—evidence for
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BOOKLIST    This handsome picture book opens with a cutaway view of the earth showing fossil fuels (coal. gas and oil) as glowing bits of ‘buried sunlight’, while above ground, electric lights illuminate cities, and stars blaze in the night sky. The sun addresses readers, explaining photosynthesis and how a slight imbalance in the
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