Hello, Lighthouse!

Picture Book

by Sophie Blackall
April 2018 – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (US)

A lavish new picture book from Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall that will transport readers to the seaside in timeless, nautical splendor!

Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp’s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook.

Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cozy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall.

Sophie Blackall is the bestselling and Caldecott medal-winning artist behind Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear. Her work has appeared in the bestselling Ivy and Bean series, many award-winning picture books, a global pro-vaccination campaign, and on a renowned NYC subway poster. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.



• The New York Times‘ Editor’s Choice
• Publishers Weekly‘s “Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Spring 2018”
• LBYR’s lead picture book title for Spring 2018


“I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book is published this year. […] Children will be fascinated by the practical details of lighthouse tending and delighted by Blackall’s evident affection for her subject. […] But what really got me was the tender illustration of the keeper, his wife and their newborn daughter. The infant’s round head, a literal circle of life, is the focus not only of the composition but also, in a way, of the entire book. This is a lighthouse that both protects and nurtures.”—The New York Times

“It’s a jewel of a creation and a gift to those who dream of retreat.”—Publishers Weekly, STARRED

“A fascinating, splendidly executed peek into both the mundane and the dramatic aspects of lighthouse life.”—Kirkus, STARRED

“Blackall’s charmingly old-fashioned art style is beautifully matched to this nostalgia-rich story, which imbues an antiquated place with warmth and wonder.”—Booklist, STARRED

“A delightful bedtime read perfect for one on one sharing.”—School Library Journal, STARRED

“Blackall illuminates the lighthouse keeper experience…soft yet precise line and watercolor illustrations provide inviting details.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, STARRED