I was at the library yesterday and picked up a book for my little guy that I absolutely loved! And I just had to share Brian Floca‘s Lightship (2007, Atheneum). This wonderful nonfiction text tells about something I did not know about: the now-gone lightship.
The book starts with a wonderful line, “Here is a ship / that holds her place.” The idea of the lightship holding her place throughout storms, fog, and anything else that faces her way continues throughout the book. Kids and adults learn much through this colorful journey through a lightship’s crew and mission: to guide ships safely in places where lighthouses were unable to be built. I actually learned a lot from this book and enjoyed reading the Author’s Note, too.
Really young readers (like my little guy) may be a bit overwhelmed by numerous words on some of the text’s pages, but they will love Floca’s watercolor and ink illustrations. Older readers and adults will enjoy the book’s detail and may even be inspired to learn more about these fascinating vessels of the sea.
A beautiful nonfiction text that I’m excited to share with my children’s literature students in the fall, Lightship earns five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️