An introduction to the physics of light from one of the most trusted names in juvenile STEM writing.
David A. Adler is a former math teacher and author of more than two
hundred books for children. He has collaborated on several
science picture books with Anna Raff, including Things That Float
and Things That Don't and Light Waves, a finalist for the SB&F
Prize for Excellence in Science Books. He is also the author
of the Picture Book Biography series, the Cam Jansen mystery
series, as well as books on math and history. He lives in New
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of children's books. She illustrated David A. Adler's Simple Machines and Things That Float and Things That Don't, which received starred reviews from both Booklist and Publishers Weekly. She lives in New York City.
"A good beginning look at light and all the ways it's important to
life on earth."—Kirkus Reviews
"The appealing illustrations nicely complement the concepts conveyed in the text. . . . A worthwhile resource"—School Library Journal
"Using a mix of illustrations and simple experiments aimed at a younger reader, David Adler explains the basic composition, behavior, and properties of light. . . . a glossary at the end helpfully pulls together all the optics terminology."—Science Magazine
"Fortunately, Adler knows know how to explain basic scientific principles through everyday occurrences that kids can understand, as well as simple activities that they can do at home. . . . Raff’s cheerful digital artwork includes a few imaginative illustrations of abstract concepts and many images of two children engaged in play that demonstrates the ideas discussed. Explaining light through simply written, basic explanations that offer a sound foundation of understanding for students to build on, this book is a great choice for school and public library collections."—Booklist