Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackwell

The Caldecott Medal is the longest standing and most prestigious award for picture book illustrations. Established in 1938, it is named in honor of British illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Hello Lighthouse, illustrated and written by Sophie Blackall, was named the 2019 winner. 

Hello Lighthouse tells the story of a young man who becomes a lighthouse keeper. Over time he is joined by a wife, and together they have a child.  However, their time as lighthouse dwellers comes to an end with the installation of an automated light.

The illustrations tell half of the story. From cutaways that show the interior of the lighthouse to clever and unusual perspectives, Blackall’s detailed artwork is worthy of this year’s award.

This is Blackall’s second Caldecott Medal. In 2016 she won the award for the illustrations in Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear.

Recommended for ages 4 to 12—and for anyone interested in lighthouses. (Little, Brown and Company)

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Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.