Lights Out: A Movement to Help Migrating Birds (Hardcover)

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By Jessica Stremer, Bonnie Pang (Illustrator)
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Lights Out begins on a sad note, explaining how birds get very confused by city lights when they migrate in spring and fall. But there is hope! The author describes how locally led educational programs are persuading more and more cities around the world to turn off lights during migration. The book ends with great ideas to help kids start programs in their own city. Bonus: Milwaukee is a perfect place for Lights Out because Lake Michigan's coastline is a major migration route.

— Kay Wosewick


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

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. 

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. 

Praise For…

"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." 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665931977
ISBN-10: 1665931973
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 48
Language: English