Ever since I was little, I loved to read. That passion has stayed with me through the years and I try my best to have the boys join me in my love. Reading aloud to the boys has been a joy, although it pains me to see that some of the more beloved books show serious wear. I was thrilled to review the new board book edition of Let There Be Light by Archbishop Tutu.
About Let There Be Light
A board book edition of the popular Let There Be Light, the story of Creation from Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, and cultural icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu paired with Nancy Tillman, the phenomenally successful New York Times bestselling children’s author/illustrator of On the Night You Were Born.
Now available as a board book, Let There Be Light combines the love and warmth of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with the extraordinary talents of bestselling illustrator Nancy Tillman. This retelling of the biblical story of creation vividly portrays the wonder and beauty of God’s creation on each of the seven days. Using Archbishop Tutu’s lyrical text from the* Children of God Storybook Bible* and Tillman’s remarkable illustrations, this popular book brings the story of creation to life for readers young and old.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his lifelong struggle to bring equality, justice, and peace to his native country of South Africa. He is the author of numerous books including the Children of God Storybook Bible, God’s Dream, and Desmond and the Very Mean Word. From 2007 to 2013, Tutu was the founding Chair of the Elders, a group of global leaders who are working to promote the shared interests of humanity. In 2013, he received the Templeton Prize for advancing spiritual progress in the world. He lives in South Africa with his wife, Leah. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Nancy Tillman is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture book On the Night You Were Born; its companion journal, The Wonder of You; The Spirit of Christmas; and the New York Times bestsellers Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You and The Crown on Your Head. She also created the mischievous cat Tumford fromTumford the Terrible and Tumford’s Rude Noises, and illustrated It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, by Eric Metaxas.
My Thoughts on Let There Be Light
This is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the creation story.
Archbishop Tutu does a wonderful job with his words to convey what is present in Genesis. The words have a nice rhythm to them and appeal to children and adults alike.
Ms. Tillman’s illustrations fit the words so well. They are simplistic in nature and fit more closely to what you’d expect to see in nature than a cartoonish interpretation which some children’s Bible stories tend to have.
J really has enjoyed reading this particular creation story as have I. And, the board book format is far more durable when little hands want to hold the book as you read or flip through the pages on their own.
What are some of your favorite books to read aloud?
Is there a particular religious book which is a favorite?