Light, hope, freedom!
The Statue of Liberty‘s welcoming presence weaves throughout this uplifting and reflective picturebook.
Children’s hopes, dreams, and memories of their birth-lands fill these pages showing the many reasons that people come to the United States.
The text also acknowledges the Native Americans who lived here first and the Africans forcibly brought here in slavery, as well as recent immigrants’ struggles to be accepted by those whose families also arrived as immigrants in past generations.
By the author of many novels in verse that carry forward the voices of non-dominant cultures, several recommended on BooksYALove here.
The illustrator uses varied color palettes to portray disaster and turmoil, community and reunion, friendship and hope.
Also available in Spanish : Luz Para Todos.
Have you visited the Statue of Liberty?
Book info: Light For All / Margarita Engle; illustrated by Raul Colon. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2021. [author site] [illustrator interview] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.