fly away . . .
The phrase conjures up feelings of freedom, imagination, adventure. Of a bird floating on the wind high above. That’s why we chose the name Flyaway Books for our new picture book program. We hope the children and adults who read our books feel as if they are soaring with that bird, looking down on new lands, seeing the world from a new perspective.
Flyaway Books is anchored by a varied group of authors and illustrators, from debut talent to familiar names. Our books are intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters. They reflect themes of diversity, inclusivity, kindness, compassion, self-esteem, and care for our world. Many help children understand today’s most pressing social issues. Some retell familiar religious stories in new ways, while others carry universal themes appealing to those from any, or no, religious background.
Our first picture books have received excellent reviews in The New York Times Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Foreword Reviews, and Publishers Weekly, and several have been named Junior Library Guild selections. Watch for current and future picture books by the legendary Katherine Paterson, New York Times best-seller Barbara Brown Taylor, popular authors Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Kathleen Long Bostrom, noted New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, the African Methodist Episcopal pastor and activist Michael W. Waters, author/illustrator/muralist Katie Yamasaki, and many more.
Our books appeal to a wide audience. Many can be found in libraries, schools, and general trade bookstores, while some are suited for progressive church communities. Although Flyaway Books is new, the imprint is affiliated with Westminster John Knox Press (WJK), a publisher with more than 175 years of history.
We hope you will join us as Flyaway Books continues to grow wings. We invite you to share one of our books with your favorite young person. Open up the pages together, and let your imaginations fly away.