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Interest Age: 3–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1

Reading Level: Lexile AD610L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773213804, 36 pages, March 2020 , 10.10" x 9.75"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773213798, 36 pages, April 2022 , 9.75" x 9.5"


Nour loves the luminous glow she was born with, but it’s only when it starts to dim that she discovers the true power of her brilliant light.

Nour has a superpower: she glows. Her light shines so bright, she feels like a star in the night sky. But when kids at school notice her glow, they’re not impressed. If she had a real superpower, they say, she could fly or turn invisible. So Nour stops feeling special. And as her light dims, her world darkens . . . until a nighttime cry from her baby sister shows her how powerful her glow can be.

Ian De Haes’s heartfelt story and radiant illustrations highlight themes of self-confidence, bravery, empathy, and the imaginative power of a strong female protagonist—whose name means light in Arabic.


“A welcoming palette of golden yellows and calming teals invites lingering over this story about claiming—and sharing—your personal ‘superpowers.’”

- Foreword Reviews, 03/22

“This is such a special book for children to read–all the important messages of compassion, confidence, empathy, and self-love are all rolled into this beautiful story.” 

- Youth Services Book Review, *starred review, 01/01/20

“DeHaes’s illustrations are luminous and expressive. The story is almost perfect . . . Use this as a conversation starter about ways that we get jealous and attack others who are different from we are.” 

- Kiss the Book Jr, 01/26/20

“Warm backgrounds with radiant golden tones are sure to capture attention and elicit some ‘aah’ moments during the reading.” 

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/18/20

“Presents a positive perspective on racial diversity and acceptance . . . Superluminous presents an alternative role model, one who is a little shy and unsure of herself but who learns that her uniqueness can help brighten the world. Superluminous would be a great addition to a school or public library and is recommended for readers who might feel a little nervous about starting at preschool or kindergarten. Highly Recommended.” 

- CM Reviews, 11/11/20

“A tender narrative about self-image with striking illustrations.” 

- Publishers Weekly, 01/09/2020

“Representing dwindling self-confidence with a dying light . . . is executed skilfully in the illustrations.”  

- Quill & Quire, 03/19/20

“[A] lovely story, whose emotional depth stands up to many readings . . . Warm and satisfying.” 

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 01/21/20

“The story is simple, but written well. The illustrations are the real star.”

- The Ladybug Reads, 11/09/19