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When the Sky Glows

Illustrated by David Litchfield

About The Book

Uncover the science behind the beautiful and vast array of natural events that make the sky glow all over the world in this enlightening nonfiction picture book.

Sunrises and lightning storms, rainbows and volcanoes, meteors and eclipses—these beautiful, awe-inspiring events that light up the sky might seem like magic. But there is a fascinating scientific explanation for each. Nell Cross Beckerman’s playful and illuminating text and David Litchfield’s vibrant illustrations are certain to capture the curiosity of young sky watchers everywhere.

About The Author

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Nell Cross Beckerman writes books for children to inspire wonder and celebrate adventure in nature. A former reality/documentary TV producer, she is the author of CavesDown Under the PierWhen the Sky Glows, and more to come. Nell lives in Culver City, California, with her husband, two daughters, and their beloved pooch, Teddy. Visit her at for activities and events.

About The Illustrator

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David Litchfield is the author-illustrator of The Bear and the Piano, which won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the illustration category and has sold in twenty-four countries. He is also the author-illustrator of Grandad’s Secret Giant and the illustrator of many books for young readers. He lives in England with his family. Visit his website at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (September 13, 2022)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534450394
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD920L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"A beautiful and informative title for a sense-of-wonder storytime."

– Kirkus Reviews, 7/1/2022

"Beckerman introduces young readers to several natural phenomena and the scientific explanations behind them.... Litchfield's luminescent digital illustrations brim with color and setting details.... This versatile offering will be welcomed in story hours and primary science lessons both."

– Booklist, 11/1/2022

"The digital illustrations seem powered by their own energy source, with pages awash in radiant layers. It’s a glowing example of what happens when science and a sense of wonder converge."

– Publishers Weekly, 10/24/2022

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