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You Are Light

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  603 ratings  ·  158 reviews
With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light.

This is the light that brings the day.

Open this beautiful book to find a graphic yellow sun surrounded by a halo of bright die-cut circles. Now hold the page up to the light and enjoy the transformation as the colors in those circles g
Hardcover, 16 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Candlewick Studio
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Michael Fitzgerald
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Huge disappointment. I loved Becker's trilogy of wordless books, but this is just dreadful - trite text and a gimmick that adds nothing - the emperor has no clothes. ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Starting his career as an author/illustrator with Journey, which received a 2014 Caldecott Honor, showed that Aaron Becker was an innovator. He wanted to take children's literature to new places. You Are Light reinforces this, celebrating the versatility of the visible spectrum through a blend of poetry and interactive visuals.

How do we perceive light? It comes as golden rays at dawn, spilling over the horizon to greet each new morning. The rosy flame of sun tints the cool blue of translucent w
Lynne Moody
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway. Love how cute and simple this book was. Kids would really love the color and the cutouts were great looking. Also how you can interact with the different pages as you read to them and put it up against the lamp or sun.
Aug 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: childrens
Very pretty. So much fun to hold up to the light. Not sure about “you are light” although I suppose it is scientifically accurate.
Vera Godley
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is such a joy to share the books reviewed here on Chat With Vera with a local library, a homeschool family, a neighbor, and especially a special Great-grandbaby. His dear mother has reviewed You Are Light for us after sharing it with this sweet little one. Her review is especially pertinent as she is an artist and a superb professional photographer.

We recently received this lovely book from a family member and I must say, the gift was perfectly timed. It was the end of a long day and we were
First sentence: This is the light that brings the dawn to warm the sky and hug the land. It sips the sea to make the rain, which waters wheat to grow the grain.

Premise/plot: Simple text, complicated design highlight a new-age-y message for little ones? I'm not one hundred percent sure of that last bit--that's opinion not fact. But regardless the text is simple and the design is complicated.

My thoughts: If the book did not end in an obscure, abstract, obviously-vague, perhaps new-age-y way (This
Katie Fitzgerald
I was excited to receive a review copy of this book based on the book trailer, but now that I have it in hand, I have to admit to being underwhelmed. The gimmick is fun at first glance. My kids wanted to hold the book up to the window and see the light shine through the colored circles. It was neat to see the way the images in the center of each page seemed to pop out, and we enjoyed seeing the shadow of the cut-outs on the front cover against our living room floor. After doing all of that just ...more
Linda Atkinson
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wendy Garland
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: colors, 2019, board-book
The use of cutouts and color make the entire composition of this book a work of art.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very simple and enchanting board book about colors and the cycle of life.
I love the cellophane circles of different colors.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful book. At 18 months old, M likes to look at the dots and touch them, but it's clearly designed for an older kid.

One to borrow again when she is older.
Edward Sullivan
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful and unqiue in its use of die cuts, this concept book can be appreciated by a wide range of ages.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: light requests
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I was a bit underwhelmed, but this will definitely be useful in filling day care requests. Children will also enjoy holding it up to the light to see the different colors. However, the text seems a bit abstract and didn't do much for me. ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this as a goodreads first-read giveaway. It is a cute boardbook with unique cutouts. The words although above the comprehension of its young audience, have a rhythm that will please them. I passed it along to my neighbours whose children are 2 and 4. If I get feedback from them, i will update my post!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This rather unusual picture is all about the power of light and it´s connection to life. The beauty of the simple text highlights the way sunlight brings dawn, which touches water, which rains and ´waters the wheat'and ´feeds the leaves´. Eventually the light touches you and me connecting all living things. What makes the book extra special is the use of die-cuts and colored plastic to highlight the various colors that the light brings to life. The book needs to be held up to the light to be ful ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for my honest review.

The gimmick of holding the book up to the light and seeing the different colors shine through was cool and my kids and I enjoyed that.

However, as a Christian, I cannot ignore the spiritual message of the book's text. I am not light! I am reflecting the light of Jesus, who is the true "light of the world" (John 8:12).

That being said... We really liked Becker's JOURNEY trilogy! (Read those with your kids instead.) And I
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I entered the contest on Goodreads and won the book. It's a sweet, simple book, for ages 4-8, though I feel even younger ones will enjoy. If you read to your little ones, it's a winner, be sure to hold it up to a light or sunny window, so light shows through the colored circles. ...more
Lisa Albright
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from a Good Reads giveaway and I was delighted to see it when it arrived. The die cut circles of color that glow when held in front of a light source make me smile. The simple story of a world that is all connected and relies on each piece to stay together and grow is the story of our world. Our earth.

I loved the message in this book, the simplicity, and the colors. I give it ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️. (5/5)
2.5 stars: I wanted to love this, because I love Aaron Becker and the concept of the book - the light shining through multi-colored die-cut circles - is just so cool. But the text just falls flat for me.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
You are Light by AaronBecker. BOARD BOOK. Candlewick, 2019. $16. 9781536201154



This is a short sweet book about light using light as a stunning part of the story. The book has twelves circular holes, arranged in a circle with plastic in different colors arranged as part of the story. Readers can hold the book up to a light source and it creates a stunning effect. One of my favorite quotes about light is “It sips the sea to make the rain”.

May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very beautiful book. It made a good story time book for my children as well. They loved the changing color wheel (and so did I!).
Kirsti Call
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You Are Light, by Aaron Becker uses dye cut circles and leaf shapes to enhance its lovely text. The die cut circles glow with color when you hold them up to the light and the colors change with each page turn. Simple rhyming words, like: "This is light that brings the dawn to warm the sky and hug the land. It sips the sea to make the rain, which waters wheat to grow the grain." evoke discussion about how light helps us. The design of this book coupled with its lyrical text makes it this the kind ...more
Kimberly McDonald
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely little book that’s useful for helping to introduce the concepts of light and colour to young children. I enjoyed sharing this book with my 3 year old and she loves holding the book up to the light to watch the colours illuminate.
Chelsea Carr
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to empower a young child. It's quite an interesting read as you have color wheels that you can hold up to the light and discuss with kids. ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This elegant board book is a celebration of light with a simple lyrical poem accompanied by die-cut colored circles. When held up to the light, it has a stained glass effect. Combined with the simple but lovely images on each page, this board book is beautiful for people of all ages.

Each page has several circles filled in with a color that overlap with other pages and colors to create the spectrum of colors apparent from the closed book.
Eve Costarelli
Mindful Book Reviews by Eve: You Are Light by Aaron Becker 

This book is simply delightful. From the very first turn of the page, which casts a gorgeous mandala shadow onto my hand, I was drawn into its sturdy die-cut frame and stained-glass creativeness. The poetic prose match perfectly with the play of translucent-jewel toned inserts that radiate around a bright yellow sun, together illuminating the story of the sun's effect on the water cycle while at the same time reflecting the story back on
If you hold the die-cut pages up to the light, you get a sort of stained glass effect -- though that honestly feels logistically awkward and like a lot of work to me.

Each righthand page has a simple single-color illustration in the middle (all of which are really quite lovely), and when you turn the page, that color has been added to the circle of "stained glass windows" that circle the text on the lefthand page.

It's arguably a nice effect to convey the connected nature of light and life, thoug
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First Becker created the exquisitely beautiful Journey trilogy, expanding the wordless tradition into new territory, now he has done the same for board books. You are Light has the same minimalist storytelling aesthetic as his previous works, while creating something that is highly appealing to, and appropriate for babies. In this solidly constructed book, growing minds can explore the colour spectrum through a visually expansive experience, while, at the same time, hearing about nature, and our ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The rhyming message, that we are all gleaned from the same energy that spins in a continuous cycle, feeding and nurturing each other, is a simple, timeless tale. It will surely appeal to any young one and perhaps charm older readers as well.

I didn’t read the back of the book until after I’d finished it but I knew what I had to do: hold it up to the light! Each page is cunningly filled with little circles inlaid with colored plastic cels. When held up to any light source (including your computer
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I am always intrigued by how different authors get creative in bringing content to our youngest of readers. So when I saw a new board book from renowned author/illustrator of the series Journey trilogy, Aaron Becker, I was super curious.
“You are Light” is a board book that introduces the concept of sun light and how it affects living things on earth. Simply, it begs to question what is the place of sun light for us down here on Earth. Using transparent paper set in the die cut board book pages,
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Aaron Becker has worked as an artist for such film studios as Lucasfilm, Disney, and Pixar, where he helped define the look and feel of characters, stories, and the movies they become a part of. With Journey, he has created characters and worlds of his very own, using traditional materials and techniques. Aaron Becker lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife, daughter, and cat. This is his f ...more

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