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Barroux is a Paris-based author and illustrator whose works have received many international awards. He was born in France, raised in Morocco, and has lived in Canada and the United States. His sensitivity to the problems facing humanity and the natural world is reflected in many of his books for children. For more information, visit www.barroux.info.

Flyaway books: I Love You, Blue

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

Laura Gehl is the author of nearly two dozen picture books, board books, and early readers. Her works have received many accolades and been included on numerous best-of-the-year lists. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland. For more information, visit www.lauragehl.com.

Flyaway books: Apple and Magnolia

Maria Girón spent her childhood immersed in art. Since studying fine arts and illustration in Seville and Barcelona, she has illustrated ten children’s books. In 2010, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair selected her work for a collective exhibition. For more information, visit www.mariagiron.com.

Flyaway books: Arthur and the Forgetful Elephant

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)

Franz Hübner is a longtime author and publisher known for writing stories that address children’s questions about God. He lives in Germany.

Flyaway books: God’s Coming to Visit!

Kathleen Krull, known for her innovative biographies of adventurous and inspiring people, was the author of more than 100 books for young readers. She received many accolades for her work, including the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Christopher Award, numerous best-of-the-year citations and ALA awards, and many body-of-work honors. For more information, visit www.kathleenkrull.com.

Flyaway books: Walking toward Peace

Amy-Jill Levine, the author of numerous acclaimed books, is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita as well as Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt.  She has cowritten many children’s books with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, including A Very Big Problem, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts?

Flyaway books: Who Counts?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, ¿Quién cuenta?, Who Is My Neighbor?, Who Counts? (Korean Edition), The Marvelous Mustard Seed (Korean Edition), A Very Big Problem, El maravilloso grano de mostaza, 100 Sheep, and The Good for Nothing Tree

Michael G. Long has written books for all ages on civil rights and peacemaking in mid-century America, including the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Jackie Robinson, and Mister Rogers. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Flyaway books: Three Lines in a Circle

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

Judith L. Roth is a poet and the author of several children's books. She has a Master of Arts in Theology and has been a musician, youth minister, curriculum writer, and editor. She lives in Indiana with her family. For more information, visit www.judithlroth.com.

Flyaway books: Hiding Baby Moses

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the author of many popular books for children and adults, the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Indiana University–Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute, and Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. Her children’s books include The Story of AND, When God Gave Us Words, and, co-written with Amy-Jill Levine, A Very Big Problem, Who Is My Neighbor?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, and Who Counts? 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),The Marvelous Mustard Seed (Korean Edition), A Very Big Problem, El maravilloso grano de mostaza, 100 Sheep, and The Good for Nothing Tree

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

Michael W. Waters is an award-winning author, activist, professor, and pastor. For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World, illustrated by Keisha Morris, won the 2020 Goddard Riverside CBC Youth Book Prize for Social Justice and was named a Must-Read Book about Race by Essence. A sought-after speaker, he is a frequent commentator for major media outlets and has been honored for his work in peace and justice. Michael W. Waters lives in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.michaelwwaters.com.

Flyaway books: For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World and Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip

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, Baptism Promises, and Dedication 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.

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

Barroux is a Paris-based author and illustrator whose works have received many international awards. He was born in France, raised in Morocco, and has lived in Canada and the United States. His sensitivity to the problems facing humanity and the natural world is reflected in many of his books for children. For more information, visit www.barroux.info.

Flyaway books: I Love You, Blue

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

Annie Bowler is the illustrator of Walking toward Peace by Kathleen Krull and A Very Big Problem by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Both picture books were named Junior Library Guild Selections. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. For more information, visit www.anniebowler.com.

Flyaway books: A Very Big Problem, Walking toward Peace, and The Good for Nothing Tree

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 the illustrator of Home by Another Way by Barbara Brown Taylor and other books for children. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. For more information, visit www.melcataldo.com.

Flyaway books: Hiding Baby Moses and 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 and Dedication 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

Maria Girón spent her childhood immersed in art. Since studying fine arts and illustration in Seville and Barcelona, she has illustrated ten children’s books. In 2010, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair selected her work for a collective exhibition. She lives in Barcelona, Spain. For more information, visit www.mariagiron.com.

Flyaway books: Arthur and the Forgetful Elephant

Angela Glökler and Rea Grit Zielinski collaborated on the artwork in this book. They both live in Germany.

Flyaway books: God’s Coming to Visit!

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, a freelance artist and children’s book illustrator in Portland, Oregon, has received portfolio awards from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Who Counts? and The Marvelous Mustard Seed, both of which she illustrated, were named Junior Library Guild Selections. For more information, visit www.margauxmeganck.com.

Flyaway books: Who Counts?, The Marvelous Mustard Seed, ¿Quién cuenta?, Who Counts? (Korean Edition), The Marvelous Mustard Seed (Korean Edition), El maravilloso grano de mostaza, and 100 Sheep

Patricia Metola has illustrated more than twenty books for children. Her work has been showcased by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on several occasions. She lives in Madrid, Spain.

Flyaway books: Apple and Magnolia

Keisha Morris grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, studied illustration in New York City, and now tells stories through pictures and words in Reno, Nevada. For more information, visit  www.keishamorris.com.

Flyaway books: For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

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

Nicole Tadgell is the acclaimed illustrator of more than thirty picture books, a speaker and workshop leader, and an advocate for diversity in children’s literature. Her many honors include the Children’s Africana Book Award, the Américas Award, and numerous best-books lists. She lives in Virginia. For more information, visit www.nicoletadgell.art.

Flyaway books: Liberty’s Civil Rights Road Trip

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

Carlos Vélez has illustrated more than twenty books for children and has been recognized with illustration awards from the Catalog of Illustrators of Children’s and Youth Publications and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts.  He lives in Mexico City.

Flyaway books: Three Lines in a Circle

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