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Hello Lighthouse

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,419 ratings  ·  662 reviews
A new picture book that will transport readers to the seaside.

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp's wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
On the highest rock of a tiny island
at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse.
It is built to last forever. Sending its light out to sea.
The fog rolls in, and the fog rolls out.
The waves rise and crash. The wind blows and blows...

This beautiful picture book caught my eye on the Goodreads 2018 contest, on the longlist nominated for best picture book. I love picture books, I think they are for all ages, but I also love the sea, the smell of the sea, the coast (although I don't like busy beache
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Expressive text and rich imagery beckon the reader to the shore, to feel the sea breeze blowing, see the waves rolling, to witness the beacon guiding ships safely by. Hello Lighthouse provides an illuminating look at the life of a lighthouse keeper and is a delight for all ages. I enjoyed the very informative author’s note just as much as the story itself; it really rounds out the details for inquisitive minds.
David Schaafsma
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #9 (of 20) of 2018. We were excited to read this book because as we travel, we visit lighthouses, and are especially fond of visiting them around the Great Lakes. We've read a number of books about lighthouses, too.

Lyra (11): 4 stars.The drawings were beautiful and simple. Sweet
Lisa Vegan
I’ve loved lighthouses since I was a girl, and I know I would have pored over this book many times during preschool and early elementary grade ages. I enjoyed viewing the lighthouse rooms and their contents. Entrancing and enchanting. As a child the pictures could have kept me captivated for long periods of time.

The illustrations definitely make the book. They’re gorgeous. Mesmerizing. The illustrations of the lighthouse and especially the natural beauty of the sea, sky, rocks are spectacular.
With a wonderful and sweetly nostalgic marriage of lyrical text and glowingly imaginative but nevertheless always spectacularly realistically shining accompanying images, I have both absolutely loved and appreciated Sophie Blackall's Hello Lighthouse and am also and of course tickled absolutely proverbially pink that it has been awarded the 2019 Caldecott Medal. For Hello Lighthouse truly is an utterly sparklingly special and delightful gem, presenting first and foremost (and most importantly) w ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a soft spot for lighthouses and I loved this book. The illustrations are beautiful, detailed, educational and touching. Absolutely worthy of the Caldecott Medal. The Afterward is excellent. I've always thought lighthouse keepers were heroes. Pair this with Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, and oldie but a goodie.
5 🌟 Bright Stars!

Sophie Blackall has outdone herself again in this beautifully illustrated book about Lighthouses. I used this as a unit study for our homeschool. It's full of facts and illustrations about the lighthouse. It also tells a unique story about a Keeper and his family as they live inside. It's a beautiful story using rich imagery and simple text to catch the young readers attention. I can not praise the illustrations enough, the art style is just amazing. I love how, at the end of
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love the illustrations that accompany the spare text about the life of a lighthouse keeper just before the lighthouse is converted to electric, and his job is over.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff
A somewhat melancholic read about the lonely life of a lighthouse keeper. Even with his wife and new baby installed, the family seems so tiny, and so, so . . . isolated. Blackall's artwork, however, is beyond exquisite.


I'm so glad she won the Caldecott.
Apr 20, 2018 added it
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I think this is the most beautiful book Sophie Blackall has ever made, and that, of course, is saying a lot.
Karen Arendt
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautifully illustrated. Gentle story of a time ling passed.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Three years after winning the 2016 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, Sophie Blackall earned the Caldecott again, for Hello Lighthouse. Featuring gorgeous panoramas that evoke the salty spray of sea waves and the dancing lights of the aurora borealis, the story follows the tenure of one of the last lighthouse keepers. Technology is changing and it is becoming unnecessary to station a man at sea to warn ships that might otherwi ...more
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Gahhh! I loved this book. It's definitely one of my favorite picture books of the year. I loved the setting, the illustrations, the keeper of the lighthouse and his family. For anyone that appreciates the ocean and is a fan of lighthouses, this book will capture your heart!
Marathon County Public Library

This beautifully illustrated children's picture book traces the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his wife in a lighthouse on a very tiny island in the middle of the sea. We see the keeper doing his daily chores such as polishing the lamp’s lens, filling the oil and trimming the wick to keep the lighthouse lamp lit. We experience the birth of their first child, what happens when the lighthouse keeper is ill, and a rescue of some sailors whose boat was wrecked on the rocks. If you love lighth

Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cybils
This is the beautiful story of a family's life in a lighthouse. It has gentle pictures and poignant text. The author shares information about lighthouses at the end, and that adds to the strength of the book.
Benji Martin
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a gorgeous book.
La Coccinelle
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Hello Lighthouse is a pretty little picture book with a very nautical feel. I read it in e-book format, but I suspect that the physical versions are tall and narrow, reflecting the shape of a lighthouse.

There's not much in the way of plot. Rather, the story shows the day-to-day life of a lighthouse keeper and--eventually--his family. We get to see the inside of a lighthouse and learn about the operation of it. We see the loneliness and the boredom, but also the excitement and danger that comes w
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Hello Lighthouse ambitiously strives to unite the story of a lighthouse's existence with that of his keeper. They are naturally entwined, as the unnamed keeper is kept in isolation within the structure, with his only ability to communicate with other humans through a supply ship or even bottles dropped into the sea. The initial page-spreads communicate the book's intention clearly- the title page shows the lighthouse surrounded by a circular ring of waves, with the boat carrying the new lighthou ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie Blackall Fans / Lighthouse Lovers
With simple text and luminous artwork, Caldecott medalist Sophie Blackall spins the tale of a lighthouse-keeper and his life on "a tiny island at the edge of the world" in this newest picture-book. Joined in his solitary posting by his wife, the keeper performs all of his duties, from polishing the light's lens to winding the clockwork that keeps the light in motion, while also recording such momentous events as his daring rescue of some shipwrecked sailors and the birth of his first child. When ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
The illustrations are beautiful in this story of a lighthouse keeper and his time spent tending a lighthouse in the far north.
Liza Fireman
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shelf-2018
I did not find what is the point of this book. Just to tell about a lighthouse? There was no plot, no story, no characters. Too many details that are not making any difference.
I didn't see what the author tried to send to the young readers. If the point is to introduce a more dry explanation of lighthouses, maybe that works. But if we want kids to be interested and to have a story there, I think that it is not achieving the goal.

It was funny to think about this and The Light Between Oceans by M
Laura Harrison
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I do love Sophie Blackall. She is one of my top five favorite current illustrators. I am not sure I have ever given Blackall less than a 5 star. The problem I have with HL is that too many of the lavish and intricate details are missed (unless studied very closely) because of the formatting. Truly I am not sure if it is the art or the size of the page. I am not an art director or an artist, but I do see a lot of picture books on a daily basis. There seems to be an inconsistency in the art size. ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the author who gave us Finding Winnie. I loved this book about a man and then with his family living in a lighthouse.
Shelle Perry
“On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse.”

So begins a journey into the history of the lighthouse and the story of its keeper and his family as they tend to its needs, connected to the outside world by only the supply boat with its tins of beans and the occasional letter. Epic artwork captures the fury and majesty of the ocean, illustrating the importance of lighthouse and its keeper’s mission. Ms. Blackall’s ‘About Lighthouses’ essay at the back of the b
Mrs. Krajewski
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous words and illustrations! We love Sophie Blackall’s books!
Robin Raines-Bond
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love lighthouses and the illustrations - the illustrations are amazing! I like the story and the "about lighthouses" at the back of the book. Just and excellent Children's book.
Katie Fitzgerald
This beautifully illustrated picture book traces the experiences of a lighthouse keeper from his arrival at the lighthouse until his position as keeper becomes obsolete due to technological advances. The lighthouse is shown in all seasons and situations, and the keeper himself lives his life: waiting for his wife to arrive, then reuniting with her, falling ill and having his wife take over his duties while he gets well, welcoming his baby daughter into the world, rescuing the victims of a shipwr ...more
Ever since I saw the movie Pete's Dragon when I was a little girl (the one starring Helen Reddy who sang Candle on the Water - yes, I'm THAT old) I've been fascinated by lighthouses. This beautiful picture book tells the story of the life of a lighthouse keeper many years ago. The text of the story doesn't really say how long ago, but there's an author note on the endpaper that states - "Electric lights began to replace oil lamps in the 1920s; soon after, automated machines replaced clockwork, a ...more
Claudia  Fett
Hello Lighthouse gives the reader a look at a unique lifestyle - that of a light house keeper and his family. They are out on the ocean, far away from community for extended periods of time. They must depend upon themselves and nature. Sophie Backall's illustrations are detailed and beautiful. The reader will want to talk his/her time and pour over each page. The Author's note: "About Lighthouses" at the end of the book, will help adults give the reader additional important information.

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Sarah Middlestead
Beautiful! I predict this will win a 2019 Caldecott!
And it did!! 2019 Caldecott Medal. Stunning illustrations and lovely story.
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Sophie Blackall grew up in Australia where she learned to draw on the beach with sticks, which has not altogether helped her sense of perspective. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Sydney, which furnished her with useful Letraset, bromide and enlarger machine skills. The following few years were spent painting robotic characters for theme parks, providing the hands for a DIY television show, a ...more