Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities

Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781556527203

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Bringing to life an era when rivers, lakes, and oceans were the nation’s highways and lighthouses served as traffic signals and maps, this comprehensive reference provides children with an in-depth history of lighthouses and firsthand stories of the challenges faced by lighthouse keepers.

The book’s 21 activities allow readers to:

  • Construct a model lighthouse that lights up
  • Make a replica keeper’s cap
  • Tie a bowline knot
  • Make and test brass polish
  • Decorate a lighthouse cake

and much more.

Click here for a sample activity.

Resources include a time line, glossary, web sites to explore, a detailed bibliography, and a list of lighthouses to visit.

Click here for the author’s source notes.


“Through vivid story-telling and pictures on each page, the history of lighthouses comes alive.”

Curious Parents magazine

“Fun, with wonderful photos, interesting biographical sketches, crafts, and experiments.”

—The Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database

“Noteworthy for the way in which the activities are related to the information in the text. The opening stories about keepers’ kids will engage readers.”

School Library Journal



“Fun for your whole family.”

Newport Life