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Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–1
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

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


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.


“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

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

- The Ladybug Reads, 11/09/19

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

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

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

- Publishers Weekly, 01/09/2020