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Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals in this colorful and joyous picture book.

This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.
Let it shine,
let it shine,
let it shine.


Come, sing, and celebrate the power of the beloved songs “This Little Light of Mine,” “Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” through kaleidoscopic illustrations of color and cut paper.

About The Author

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Ashley Bryan (1923–2022) grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he shared the joy of song with children. A beloved illustrator, he was named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He also received the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; was a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over MeSail AwayBeautiful BlackbirdBeat the Story-Drum, Pum PumLet It ShineAshley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lived in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (January 9, 2007)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689847325
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® NP The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Coretta Scott King Award (ALA)
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society

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