This Little Light of Mine

by Public Domain (Author) E B Lewis (Illustrator)

This Little Light of Mine
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Learn to play and sing a traditional African American gospel song with this fun and interactive book!

There is

a light inside of


Let it shine,

let it shine,

let it shine!

This Little Light of Mine is an African American song dating back to the days of slavery. The score is included in this book so that you can learn to play and sing and shine your light for everyone to see.

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3 -A visual interpretation of an African-American spiritual. It is morning when the book opens, and readers are greeted by a smiling boy. Throughout the day, he spreads his own special brand of joy wherever he goes. He gives a hug to a grandmotherly figure cooking in the kitchen, then goes for a walk, pausing to wave at a neighbor sitting on a porch. Next, he helps a woman whose groceries have fallen to the ground. He high-fives three elderly men sitting outside, and comes across a downcast boy whom he invites to join him to meet friends and play. When he returns home, he sits down to a family meal. The last illustration is of a darkened house with a light glowing from one of the windows upstairs. Lewis's watercolor illustrations across double pages effectively convey emotions of happiness and the giving and sharing of oneself. Compare and contrast this satisfying interpretation with Raffi's adaptation of the same title (Knopf, 2004)." -Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH" Copyright 2005 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
January 20, 2005
Age Range
4 - 8 years
Volunteer State Book Awards
Nominee 2008

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