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Louisville, KY 40202

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Kathleen Long Bostrom is the author of more than forty books, many for young children. Collectively, her books have sold more than two million copies, and many have been translated into other languages. For more information, visit www.kathleenlongbostrom.com.

Flyaway books: The Worst Christmas Ever

Elizabeth F. Caldwell is a noted Christian educator, author, coeditor of Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible, and an editor of the Common English Bible. She is Professor Emerita of Pastoral Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor in Religious Education at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love, God's Big Plan, and God's Big Plan (Board Book)

Canizales has been creating works for children for more than twenty years. He currently devotes his time to the creation of books that stimulate children’s imaginations while helping them deal with sensitive issues. His works have been published in Spanish, English, Italian, French, Polish, and Korean.

Flyaway books: Bruno's Hat

Sharmila Collins was inspired to write Binkle's Time to Fly by the bravery of her daughter and other children who face ongoing medical challenges. She is the founder of Cure EB, a charity dedicated to researching her daughter’s rare skin disease. Originally from Sri Lanka, she lives in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.cure-eb.org.

Flyaway books: Binkle's Time to Fly

Ian De Haes is a Belgian artist and painter who illustrates picture books. Learn more at his website http://iandehaes.com/.

Flyaway books: Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts

Siska Goeminne is a full-time author of numerous books for children and youth. She lives in Leuven, Belgium.

Flyaway books: No One Else like You

Theodore Hiebert is Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at McCormick Theological Seminary, where he served as a member of the faculty and academic dean, and was an editor and translator of the Common English Bible. A leading scholar among theological educators, he has done groundbreaking work in the study of Genesis.

Flyaway books: God's Big Plan and God's Big Plan (Board Book)

Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science. The Marvelous Mustard Seed and Who Counts?, the first two titles in her parables series cowritten with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, were named  Junior Library Guild Selections.

Flyaway books: Who Counts?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, ¿Quién cuenta?, Who Is My Neighbor?, Who Counts? (Korean Edition), and The Marvelous Mustard Seed (Korean Edition)

Nicola O’Byrne wrote her first children’s book at age five and has been writing and illustrating children’s stories ever since. She now works full-time as an author and illustrator, basing her characters on people she knows. Her works have received numerous awards and nominations. For more information, visit www.nicolaobyrne.com.

Flyaway books: Where Is Home, Daddy Bear?

Katherine Paterson is the internationally acclaimed author of more than thirty-five books for children and young adults. She has twice won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. The Library of Congress has named her a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a Living Legend. For more information, visit www.katherinepaterson.com.

Flyaway books: The Night of His Birth

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute, as well as Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Her many children’s books include the Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons and The Marvelous Mustard Seed, cowritten with Amy-Jill Levine and named  Junior Library Guild selections, and the classic God’s Paintbrush. For more information, visit www.allaboutand.com.

Flyaway books: Who Counts?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, ¿Quién cuenta?, When God Gave Us Words, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Story of AND, Who Counts? (Korean Edition), and The Marvelous Mustard Seed (Korean Edition)

Yoeri Slegers is a Belgian author and illustrator known for his imaginative stories and expressive art. In addition to creating picture books, he designs CD covers, draws comics, and leads workshops for aspiring illustrators. For more information, visit www.kunstman.be.

Flyaway books: Crocodile's Crossing

Paul Stewart is the author of many books for children, including the best-selling Edge Chronicles and Far-Flung Adventures series, both cocreated with Chris Riddell.

Flyaway books: Brian the Brave

Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church (2006), won an Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Learning to Walk in the Dark (2014), was featured on the cover of TIME magazine. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology at Emory University, McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, Georgia. In 2014, TIME included her on its annual list of Most Influential People; in 2015 she was named Georgia Woman of the Year; in 2016 she received The President’s Medal at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Mercer University and is working on her fourteenth book. For more information, visit www.barbarabrowntaylor.com.

Flyaway books: Home by Another Way

Denise Turu is the illustrator of Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, as well as both author and illustrator of numerous picture books and graphic novels. Her work has been exhibited around the world. For more information, visit www.deniseturu.com.

Flyaway books: Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone

Jochen Weeber is an author, poet, and musician in Reutlinger, Germany.

Flyaway books: What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert?

Carol A. Wehrheim is author of The Baptism of Your Child; Getting It Together: Spiritual Practices for Faith, Family, and Work; and Giving Together: A Stewardship Guide for Families. She is an award-winning Christian educator in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and served as co-editor of Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible and general editor for the Feasting on the Word Curriculum. She was on the editorial board for the Common English Bible and named APCE  Educator of Year in 2001. In 2014, she was named Distinguished Alumna by McCormick Theological Seminary.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love and Baptism Promises

Elisabeth Zartl has studied religious education, psychology, philosophy, and graphic design. She is currently a teacher and freelance artist in Vienna, Austria, and has authored and illustrated several children's books. More information can be found on her website: www.elisabethzartl.com.

Flyaway books: Where Are You Hiding, God?

Illustrators

Lisa Aisato is a Norwegian artist and children’s book author whose distinctive work has been published in books and magazines around the world. For more information, visit www.lisaaisato.com.

Flyaway books: The Night of His Birth

Roberta Baird is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Her work has been featured in magazines, books, and educational resources with clients such as Scholastic and McGraw-Hill.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Paige Billin-Frye has served as president and treasurer of the Children’s Book Guild and was honored with her illustrations for The House in the Meadow being included in The Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in New York.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Canizales has been creating works for children for more than twenty years. He currently devotes his time to the creation of books that stimulate children’s imaginations while helping them deal with sensitive issues. His works have been published in Spanish, English, Italian, French, Polish, and Korean.

Flyaway books: Bruno's Hat

Melanie Cataldo is a children’s book illustrator and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. For more information, visit www.melcataldo.com.

Flyaway books: Home by Another Way

Kate Cosgrove is an illustrator and artist from Michigan. She received a BFA with honors from Michigan State University. Kate’s illustrations have been published in all kinds of print and web media.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Ian De Haes is a Belgian artist and painter who illustrates picture books. Learn more at his website http://iandehaes.com/.

Flyaway books: Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts

Len Ebert is known for his easy, flowing lines and beautiful color. A skilled and versatile artist, he makes the driest subject interesting and does full justice to the lighthearted.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Merel Eyckerman is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in children's books, magazines, and other educational publications. She lives in Belgium.

Flyaway books: No One Else like You

Nell F. Fisher is a published illustrator of children’s books and young adult books.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Laura Freeman received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and began her career working for various editorial clients. She has illustrated over twenty children’s books, including the Nikki and Deja series by Karen English.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Roz Fulcher is an illustrator with over seventeen years of experience in children’s book publishing. For more information, visit www.rozfulcherillustration.com.

Flyaway books: Baptism Promises

Fariba Gholizadeh was born in Iran and studied graphic design in Tehran and in Mainz, Germany.

Flyaway books: What in the World Is Wrong with Gisbert?

Darius Gilmont is an artist with many years of experience in educational illustration. Originally from England, he has lived in Israel since 1993, and the majority of his art, whether painting or sculpture, is on biblical, Old Testament themes. His work appeals to adults and children alike. Visit his website at www.darius-art.com.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Aimee Hagerty Johnson holds a BFA degree in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her hand-painted illustrations are often informed by literature, folk design, and her collection of vintage treasures.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Oksana Kemarskaya was born and raised in the Ukraine (formerly of the Soviet Union). Her education and drawing skills have deep roots from The Academic School of Russian Fine Art. Her passion to draw began when she was three years old.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Art Kirchoff is an illustrator of children’s books living in the St. Louis, Missouri, area.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Laura Krushak-Tripp graduated with a BS degree in Art from Brigham Young University– Idaho where she focused on illustration. She loves creating illustrations of children and animals.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Eleanor Troth Lewis is an illustrator of children’s books and curriculum from Culpeper, Virginia.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Dennis McKinsey is an illustrator from Louisville, Kentucky.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Margaux Meganck is a freelance artist and children’s book illustrator in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the illustrator of the popular children’s book Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons. For more information, visit www.margauxmeganck.com.

Flyaway books: Who Counts?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, ¿Quién cuenta?, Who Counts? (Korean Edition), and The Marvelous Mustard Seed (Korean Edition)

Nancy Munger graduated from the Art Center College of Design. She has been an illustrator for over forty years. Nancy specializes in traditional and digital illustrations for the children’s book-publishing market.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Michelle Nidenoff is an illustrator and primarily illustrates children’s books and educational materials. Michelle is also a skilled calligrapher, fine artist, and art instructor. She lives in Canada near Toronto.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Nicola O’Byrne wrote her first children’s book at age five and has been writing and illustrating children’s stories ever since. She now works full-time as an author and illustrator, basing her characters on people she knows. Her works have received numerous awards and nominations. For more information, visit www.nicolaobyrne.com.

Flyaway books: Where Is Home, Daddy Bear?

Craig Orback is a freelance children’s book illustrator living near Seattle with his wife, Jessica, and son, Lewis. Since graduating with a BFA degree in Illustration from Cornish College of the Arts, he has illustrated over thirty children’s books. Over the years, Craig has had the pleasure of working with clients including Scholastic Corp., Simon and Schuster, McGraw Hill, Lee & Low Books, Henry Holt, Millbrook Press, and Boys’ Life.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Dani Padrón is a Spanish illustrator born in Galicia in 1983. He started his career in 2011, focusing on children’s books, and has illustrated more than twenty titles since then. His work for “Pan de millo” (Kalandraka) was selected to participate in the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2015.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Guy Porfirio has illustrated more than eighteen picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Grandpa’s Little One, by Billy Crystal; Papa’s Gift, by Kathleen Long Bostrom; and Jump!, which he wrote and illustrated. For more information, visit www.guyporfirio.com.

Flyaway books: The Worst Christmas Ever

Jane Porter, a winner of the London Book Fair Illustration Prize, has illustrated a number of lively picture books, some of which she also wrote. For more information, visit www.janeporter.co.uk.

Flyaway books: Brian the Brave

Carolina Rabei graduated with distinction from the Cambridge School of Art and has been honored with a Kate Greenaway Medal nomination. Her unique style employs traditional and digital techniques. She began her artistic pursuits in her home country of Moldova and now lives in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.carolinarabei.com.

Flyaway books: Binkle's Time to Fly

Joani Rothenberg is a muralist, art therapist, and illustrator. She has been named artist-in-residence for academic, faith-based, and arts institutions. For more information, visit www.artbyjoani.squarespace.com.

Flyaway books: The Story of AND

Lina Safar grew up in Kiev, Ukraine, and graduated with honors from the University of Damascus, Syria, School of Fine Arts. While studying, she began working in design, painting, and book illustration and has participated in many local and international exhibitions.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Margaret Sanfilippo is an author and illustrator of children’s and young adult books.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Yoeri Slegers is a Belgian author and illustrator known for his imaginative stories and expressive art. In addition to creating picture books, he designs CD covers, draws comics, and leads workshops for aspiring illustrators. For more information, visit www.kunstman.be.

Flyaway books: Crocodile's Crossing

Denise Turu is the illustrator of Who Is My Neighbor? by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, as well as both author and illustrator of numerous picture books and graphic novels. Her work has been exhibited around the world. For more information, visit www.deniseturu.com.

Flyaway books: Who Is My Neighbor? and Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone

Gabhor Utomo received his degree from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. His work has won numerous awards from local and national art organizations. His painting of Senator Milton Marks is a permanent collection at the California State Building in downtown San Francisco.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Katie Yamasaki is a muralist, teaching artist, and author/illustrator of children’s books. She views her work as a vehicle for dialogue within diverse communities and travels widely to create conversations around art. For more information, visit www.katieyamasaki.com.

Flyaway books: God's Big Plan and God's Big Plan (Board Book)

Farida Zaman completed her art foundation course at Chelsea College of Art in London and graduated top of her class from London’s Wimbledon School of Art. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Graphic Artists Guild, and the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.

Flyaway books: Growing in God's Love

Elisabeth Zartl has studied religious education, psychology, philosophy, and graphic design. She is currently a teacher and freelance artist in Vienna, Austria, and has authored and illustrated several children's books. More information can be found on her website: www.elisabethzartl.com.

Flyaway books: Where Are You Hiding, God?

Darcy Day Zoells is a graduate of Northwestern University and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. For more information, visit www.darcydayzoells.com.

Flyaway books: When God Gave Us Words

Singer/Songwriters

Carrie Newcomer is an award-winning singer and songwriter known for her solo recordings and her collaborations with other creative people, including previous work with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. She travels and performs worldwide in support of cultural and humanitarian causes. For more information, visit www.carrienewcomer.com.

Flyaway books: The Story of AND