Library:ADCLP/By the Dawn's Early Light

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By the Dawn's Early Light / by Karen Ackerman ; illustrated by Catherine Stock


The main character is an African-American mother who works two jobs to support her two children and her mother. The children see her only at dawn. The social realism of this picture book is melded into family love and understanding of the mother's situation. Editions are available in both English and Spanish. Translated by Alma Flor Ada.


African Americans, Family Life, Fiction, Grandparents, Mothers, Spanish text, Working parents

Reading Levels

Ages 5 - 7 / Kindergarten - Grade 2


  • ALA Notable Books for Children and Young Adults (honor)

Publication History

  • New York : Atheneum ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, 1994. [32 p.] : col. ill. ; 26 cm. ISBN 0689317883 OCLC 27013953