Children's Books

For complete details on Penny Chisholm's children's books,
please visit The Sunlight Series.


Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth

Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (2017)

 "Bang and Chisholm continue their Sunlight series with a poetic, in-depth exploration of the sun’s role in the water cycle. Once again, the sun speaks directly to readers, explaining that our planet’s water is in a constant state of movement and change: “I keep water moving, cycling from sea to air to land and back again. I keep the cycle in balance.” The vibrant blues, greens, and blues of Bang's folk-art-style artwork underscore the connections between sun, water, and life, while clarifying evaporation, currents, and other topics. Lyrical writing draws into sharp focus the importance of protecting and cherishing water. An extensive afterword provides a wealth of additional detail. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)"

From Publishers Weekly (12-12-2016)


Rivers of Sunlight book jacket

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Buried Sunlight: How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth

Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (2014)

What are fossil fuels, and how did they come to exist? This engaging book explains how coal, oil, and gas are really "buried sunlight," trapped beneath the surface of our planet for millions and millions of years.  Now, in a very short time, we are digging them up and burning them, changing the carbon balance of our planet's air and water. What does this mean, and what should we do about it?  Using simple language  Bang and Chisholm present a clear, concise explanation of the fossil-fuel energy cycle that began with the sun and now runs most of our transportation and energy use in our world.

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Ocean Sunlight : How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas

Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (2012)

On land or in the deep blue sea, we are all connected and we are all a part of a grand living landscape. Packed with clear, simple science, Ocean Sunlight will help children understand and celebrate the astonishing role our oceans play in human life.

book cover

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Living Sunlight: Hows Plants Bring Earth to Life

Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (2009)

Two award winners, illustrator Molly Bang and biologist Penny Chisholm, present the story of how light from the sun is transformed into energy on Earth and becomes YOU! Living Sunlight shows children, teachers, and parents alike the remarkable magic of photosynthesis. We are all living sunlight.

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