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This Little Light of Mine

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  36 reviews
There is a light inside of


Let it shine,

let it shine,

let it shine!

"This Little Light of Mine" is an African-American spiritual dating back to the days of slavery. The score is included in this book so that you can learn to play and sing and shine your light for everyone to see.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Lauren Mulholland
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This children's book sets the traditional Spiritual, "This Little Light of Mine" to lovely illustrations. In diverse classrooms, readers and listeners can see a main character who is African American and may look more like themselves. The boy in the story spreads his happiness throughout his home and community, and is able to help a neighbor who dropped their groceries, and helps a lonely child make friends. This book facilitates classroom conversation surrounding helping others and spreading ki ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a FANTASTIC read (or sing!) aloud for children of all ages. I used it in my toddler storytime - we sang and waved scarves - but this book would also work really well for a preschool storytime or K-1 unit on kindness because of the rich, detailed illustrations. The illustrations tell a story behind the song - a child choosing not to "hide his light under a bushel" by doing kind acts for senior citizens and welcoming a sad boy into his friend group. The warm tones of the illustrations and ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This Little Light of Mine (Hardcover)
by E.B. Lewis (Illustrations)
Used in music class to celebrate black (african american) influences on art and culture, this spiritual song teaches about letting the good things in you shine out and become a beacon for others. Never hide the good things you do. Talked to the kids about the good deeds from large and small and how we need to bring them out
Just a Girl Fighting Censorship
The day in the life of a young boy told through the gorgeous watercolor paintings of E.B. Lewis paired with the lyrics to 'This Little Light of Mine'. Very sweet, the reader is filled with a sense of joy at watching the smiling boy interact with family, friends, and a tight knit community. ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lyrics of this spiritual are paired with illustrartions from a boys day filled with helping others in small, powerful ways.

Used with chapter 4 of CCD unit, letting the light of God's love shine through us in what we do and how we help others and bring love and joy to others.
Henessy Tolliver
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I strongly believe this is a reading children will find easy, fun, and rememberable. This book engages children to learn some of the lyrics to the song, This Little Light of Mine.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2014
This book is a great celebration and ode to African American culture.

The book starts with a little boy in a home who goes out for the day and "shines his light" on those he meets. He hugs his mom when he wakes up in the morning, he helps an old lady with her groceries, he greets the men outside on the storefront, and he invites a boy who looks sad to play basketball with his friends. The book shows how light is not hidden. It also teaches children what they should do around the community if they
Memorable watercolor illustrations bring new meaning to the lyrics of a familiar African-American spiritual in this picture book. Every page shows a young boy embarking on his day, determined to make the best of it, and to let the light that is within him shine in every way. Readers will make note of the various ways he accomplishes this, by hugging his grandmother, greeting neighbors, helping an elderly woman pick up her groceries, strewn along the sidewalk, even befriending a boy left out of a ...more
Dana Beyer
This is an amazing book with the words of the familiar African/American. Spiritual. The smiling yellow-shirted boy carries his Light through his everyday activities. E. B. Lewis is a highly acclaimed illustrator of more than 30 picture books. I agree with the jacket cover. This illustrator "shines his light to the world through his artwork." I like the arrangement of the score included in the book. In the key of G and chorded makes it easy to play and sing. Yes, believe in the light inside of Y ...more
Krista Toomey
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
This book is a great way for kids to understand the spirit the African Americans had. I am still in shock how much hope they had when they were in slavery and this songs is a song of hope. I also think this book has a valuable lesson teaching and saying that each one of us is important and to to let our light shine. This is important for kids to understand because a lot of kids have a confidence problem but this book and song can give them hope. It is also a fun song to sing in a round.
Ashley Douglas
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrenslit
This children's book beautifully illustrates the idea of what is is to be a light to another person. Though this story is simply the lyrics to the song "This Little Light of Mine," the illustrations show the main character doing what the lyrics state, such as helping a woman with groceries and being a light in that way. ...more
Nancy Mosqueda
E.B Lewis, created a book that shows us its meaning everytime in the images, in the faces of the characters. One only has to look into the boys' eyes and see that the light that shines there most definately will not stop shining. Not only that, but it will also make many more lights shine. This story is one of perseverence, strength and happiness, all of which can be seen in the images. ...more
Olivia Kirkham
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: march
I loved the art work in this book. Very beautiful and the story they told through the pictures are touching and they go along perfectly with the song, "This Little Light of Mine." It encourages serving others and being a light to people no matter where you go and to always believe in yourself. Cute story. ...more
Ryan Fenn
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
This book was great. It had a powerful message of being a bright light to others. It teaches children to help others and does so in a great way through examples. The way that the art and illustration is done goes along great with the story as well. Great book that I would definitely read as a teacher.
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book is adorable. I have always loved this song. It is a fun song to sing to kids, and it gives them a great message that they can shine happiness. They can be a ray of sunshine to others and to themselves. As I read this book, not only did I love the song and the message, I love the story that they show through the artwork. It was really touching. Overall, I rate this book a 5/5!
Rachael Bingham
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classroom
I LOVE the illustrations in this book. It helped my students learn to get more out of the text by paying attention to the pictures. It teaches a beautiful lesson about be a shining light to the world. And, I am able to teach church lessons in a public school setting without explicitly talking about my faith.
Ali Dunn
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book teachers can use to implement critical pedagogy with in to their classrooms. This book breaks down the stereotypes society has put on a certain culture while also giving the audience encouragement and hope through the "light" of a little boy. Anyone and everyone is capable of doing something great, you just have to be confident and take action! ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5* art
5* song

This is honestly one of the most beautiful children's books ever. The boy looking at himself in the mirror, smiling - with that light inside him shining clear. His many ways of spreading it around - the sad boy he befriends - beautiful, all beautiful. And Squirt knows exactly what it means. It's wonderful to be able to talk with him about it - and sing. Highly recommended.
Ashley Travers
The book is a great supporting text to talking about slavery, but I wouldn't use it to start a slavery unit. It would be great to use if music is being incorporated. I enjoyed looking at the illustrations as I sang the song. ...more
Mackenzie Raatz
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book and song that students may not be familiar with. It is an inspiring book about letting your light shine. It shows how we are different and unique. We have gifts that should shine!
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march
I loved this book. Its a really cool to see African American culture from the perspective of this wonderful song. I would recommend this book to anyone because it teaches great values that everyone needs to know.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march
This book was really cute. I liked the illustrations and I thought that they worked really well with the song. It is also a really cute, and accurate, and nice, way to show kids how they can be a good example to others in real-life ways.
Robert J
This Little Light of Mine is based on the African-American spiritual put into picture book form. The pictures work in combination with the song to inspire. The end of the book includes the songs score.
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This lovely story of a boy being kind to those around him is essentially told wordlessly as it conveys so much above and beyond the simple text of the song. The watercolor illustrations from E.B. Lewis are as beautiful as always!
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Children love this song and will have lots to say about the pictures in the book of how we can help one another
Amy Eikenberry
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a great book that can be used encourage students to press forward even in difficult situations. The song that goes with the words is a great way to engage students!
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful illustrations by E.B. Lewis bring new life to that sweet spiritual that so many of us learned as children.
An amazingly illustrated version of the gospel song. A great song to sing in storytime as it encourages participation and most kids know this song.
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: march
I enjoyed this book and had the song stuck in my head afterwards. I would use this book to teach integrity, service, and kindness. The artwork is done in a watercolor style.
Breanne Driesel
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: child-lit
This song book really touched my heart because of the words that were said and how you could see the meaning of them displayed in the story of the pictures. It was a very inspiring book!
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E.B. Lewis has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including Nikki Grimes' Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle's Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Tolowa M. Mollel's My Rows and Piles of Coins, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis ...more

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