Living Sunlight

Living Sunlight cover

Age Range: 4 – 10 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 5
Lexile Measure: 610L
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: The Blue Sky Press (February 1, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0545044227
ISBN-13: 978-0545044226

About the Book

Photosynthesis – how plants catch sunlight and use that energy to build themselves out of air and water – is the process that enables all Life on Earth. It is carried out only in plants, which catch light with their green pigment, chlorophyll. Every day, not only are we eating the food that photosynthesis makes—the plants themselves—but we are breathing the oxygen plants make, we are using the soil they make when they die, and we are burning the fossil fuel they made eons ago. We are sharing atoms with plants, and they are giving us the Sun’s energy in a form that we can use.

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A short reading from the book

Some clips from the audiobook version, narrated by Debra Leigh, can be found on YouTube here.


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

Teaching Materials

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