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Let It Shine



Color-burst pictures illuminate gospel songs.

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Spiritual message encourages good works.

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Parents need to know that the text of this 2008 Coretta Scott King Award winner is Christian spirituals.

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What's the story?

Three African-American spirituals are lovingly illustrated.

Is it any good?


It's no wonder that this sumptuous book won the Coretta Scott King Award. The gorgeous, colorful illustrations in this picture book swerve, melt, and celebrate the spiritual message in the three gospel songs shared here. They exemplify the hope and encouragement messaged in traditional African-American spirituals.

The text itself is lifted directly from songs that most kids will find familiar, having become part of our American lexicon regardless of religious faith or practice. Whether families are exploring this book because of their own Christian beliefs or looking at it as an important aspect of American history and culture, the book has much to offer.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can sing the songs together (sheet music is included in the back) and also explore the importance of spirituals in African-American history.

Book details

Author:Ashley Bryan
Illustrator:Ashley Bryan
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Publication date:January 9, 2007
Number of pages:48
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Award:Coretta Scott King Medal and Honors

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