Ocean Sunlight (2012)


How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas

By Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm

Scholastic Press (2012)

*”An awe-inspiring lesson in photosynthesis goes under the sea.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY  ★  As in Living Sunlight, Bang and Chisholm create 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 gold, blues, and black, forming an ethereal habitat for phytoplankton, jellyfish, and bioluminescent creatures. The sense of movement underscores the message about energy transfer between plants and animals. Ages 4–8. (May 2012)



  • American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Award for Excellence in Science Books
  • Massachusetts Book Award
  • Banks Street Cook Prize Honor Book
  • New York Museum of Natural History Riverby Award