Light for All

by Margarita Engle (Author) Raúl Colón (Illustrator)

Light for All
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

A lyrical and unifying picture book that celebrates the immigrant experience in America from Newbery Honoree Margarita Engle and award-winning illustrator Raúl Colón.

Discover the myriad contributions that all immigrants have made as they come to join family or start their own lives together in a new country they call home. Coming with their hopes, dreams, and determination, generations of immigrants have made the fabric of this country diverse, vivid, and welcoming. This vibrant and timely celebration demonstrates the thousands of immigrants who built America and the importance of having acceptance and light for everyone.


Starred Review
Will inspire young readers to embody the virtues of Lady Liberty and welcome newcomers with empathy and acceptance.
Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle is the Cuban American author of many verse books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Surrender Tree, PEN USA Award winner The Lightning Dreamer, and the Walter Dean Myers Honor Enchanted Air.

Beatriz Gutierrez Hernandez is an illustrator and animator born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico and based in Brooklyn. She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA in communications design, with a focus in illustration.

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Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date
December 20, 2021
BISAC categories
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV039250 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Emigration & Immigration
JUV000000 - Juvenile Fiction | General
JUV011030 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Hispanic & Latino
Library of Congress categories
Statue of Liberty (New York, N.Y.)

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