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Lights Out

A Movement to Help Migrating Birds

Illustrated by Bonnie Pang

About The Book

Based on the real-life Lights Out movement, this inspirational picture book shows how even the smallest of actions, like flipping a switch, can make a big difference in helping migrating birds.

When the seasons change and it’s time for a flock of sparrows to move on, a map made of stars guides their way. But when they reach the city, light pollution masks the map and confuses the birds. One sparrow becomes separated from the flock. A girl rescues the lost sparrow and decides to take action so this doesn’t happen again.

She rallies a group of friends, and together they encourage people all over the city to help the sparrows by turning off their lights at night. But will the city be ready by the time the flock return?

About The Author

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Jessica Stremer is a mom and military spouse with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She combines her love of science and writing to create books that inspire kids to explore the world around them and beyond. She is the author of the nonfiction picture books Great Carrier Reef and Lights Out. When not writing, Jessica loves spending time with her family traveling, hiking, and camping. 

About The Illustrator

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Bonnie Pang is an illustrator and comics artist from Hong Kong. She studied geography at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and obtained a master’s degree in fine arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the creator of the webcomics Roar Street Journal and IT Guy & Art Girl. When not drawing, Bonnie enjoys reading, gaming, and spending time with her cat. 

Why We Love It

“My Nana was an avid bird lover and taught me to care for the birds and natural world around me. I believe Lights Out will do the same for so many young readers, encouraging them to do their part to reduce light pollution and help care for all our winged friends.”

—Catherine L., Editor, on Lights Out

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 5, 2024)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665931977
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"A feel-good story of a successful children’s campaign to make the world safer for birds."

Kirkus Reviews

"An enlightening picture book for bird lovers."


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