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Flyaway Books has created resources and activities that invite children, educators, parents, and booksellers to further engage with their favorite picture books. We have everything from original music to printable activity sheets to thematic guides for educators and parents, with much more to come. Return here often for new downloadable offerings!

Apple and Magnolia

Written by Laura Gehl

Illustrated by Patricia Metola

In Apple and Magnolia, Britta visits her two favorite trees, Apple and Magnolia, every day and she notices one day that Magnolia’s branches start to droop. With encouragement from her grandmother, Britta explores the extraordinary connections between trees and the wondrous bonds between all living things. Click the image below to access a free discussion and activity guide about how trees communicate with one another and the relationship between humans and trees.

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Arthur and the Forgetful Elephant

Written & Illustrated by Maria Girón 

In Arthur and the Forgetful Elephant, Arthur meets an elephant that suffers from memory loss. After a playful day together, the elephant remembers enough to help him reunite with his family. Click the image below to access a free, printable coloring page featuring Arthur and his new friend.  

You can also download a free discussion and activity guide about memory loss below. Created in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, the guide defines dementia and Alzheimer’s, suggests answers for questions children may ask, and offers activities a child and an affected adult may be able to do together.   

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Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone

Written & Illustrated by Denise Turu

After learning that the overworked phones in his community are going on strike, Babbit the rabbit encourages his phone, Joan, to rest at home while he goes on a tech-free adventure. Click the image below to download a printable coloring sheet from Babbit’s low-tech journey.   

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Binkle's Time to Fly

Written by Sharmila Collins

Illustrated by Carolina Rabei

Binkle’s Time to Fly is about a butterfly born with damaged wings, but with the support of his friends and a little creativity, he discovers there’s more than one way to fly. Access two fun activities inspired by the book below.

 

Learn how to create a paper butterfly inspired by the main character Binkle with our easy-to-follow origami instructions. Click the image below to download a printable PDF that includes instructions on how to fold an origami butterfly. Decorative paper is included. 

Click the image below to download a printable coloring sheet of our favorite butterfly, Binkle!

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Brian the Brave

Written by Paul Stewart

Illustrated by Jane Porter

 

In this timely book about challenging bias, a sheep named Brian believes all his fellow sheep can play together, despite their differences. Reenact this important story on your own with our printable puppets. Click the image below to download a printable PDF that features all of the lovable characters from the book!

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Bruno’s Hat

Written & Illustrated by Canizales

 

This insightful children’s book explores bullying—especially the choices children face in defending others who are bullied. Access a downloadable guide that helps children, parents, and educators navigate the challenges of childhood bullying. The in-depth, printable guide features various questions and activities.

The Coat

Written by Séverine Vidal

Illustrated by Louis Thomas

 

At turns lighthearted and poignant, The Coat offers a glimpse at the hardships confronting those who are experiencing homelessness, inspiring us to treat them with compassion and respect.

 

Click the image below to access a downloadable discussion and activity guide that offers a child-friendly introduction to the topic of homelessness. The guide answers some questions children may ask, offers ideas about how children and families can help those who are homeless, and features activities to help explore homelessness further.

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Crocodile's Crossing: A Search for Home

Written & Illustrated by Yoeri Slegers

Inside this thoughtful and sensitive tale, Crocodile becomes a refugee when he is forced to flee his homeland. After a long, hard journey he finds a community of mice who welcome him and his family with open arms.

 

Access a downloadable discussion and activity guide that helps parents and teachers further introduce the complex topic of immigration to children in an accessible and hopeful way.  

Flyaway Flier

Come fly with us, Flyaway Family! As you might have guessed from our name, we love all things that fly—including paper airplanes. Click the image below to download a printable PDF with a paper airplane template and instructions on how to build it.

 

Bonus Activity: Our Flyaway Flier features artwork from several of our picture books. Can you spot all the birds, butterflies, balloons, and everything in between on the paper airplane and find which book they’re from?

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For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World

Written by Michael W. Waters

Illustrated by Keisha Morris

 

For Beautiful Black Boys Who Believe in a Better World tells the story of a boy named Jeremiah and his family who discover hopeful forms of activism and advocacy in response to racism and gun violence in their community. 

 

Click below to access an extended version of the discussion and activity guide that is provided in the book. Written by the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.⁠—a multicultural center and museum committed to promoting respect, hope, and understanding⁠—the guide offers parents and teachers suggestions on how they can talk with children about racism, gun violence, and positive social change.

 

You can also download a free coloring page featuring artwork from the book. Click the image below to access a printable coloring sheet featuring Jeremiah and his friends.

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Grandpa's Window

Written by Laura Gehl

Illustrated by Udayana Lugo

Grandpa’s Window addresses the grieving process, both as a family member approaches the end of life as well as after death. With moving simplicity, this story illustrates not only the difficulty of losing those we love but also the power we have to comfort them during illness and the solace that treasured memories can bring.

 

This reading guide suggests ways for you to explore these ideas further with children. Click the image below for conversation starters and art activities to help children express their feelings. Also included is a note for adults by child psychologist Sharie Coombes, which offers advice on how to help a child grieve. At the end of the guide, you will find a list of organizations that offer support for grieving children and families.

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I’m Fabulous Crab

Written and Illustrated by Nicki Greenberg

Henry is tired of life on the dim ocean floor. He wants glamour! He wants bling! Even when his new dazzle leads to the unexpected, he still wants to be . . . Fabulous Crab! I’m Fabulous Crab is a sparkling story about joyfully wearing your true colors—and perhaps a touch of glitter!

 

Click below to access a reading guide with discussion questions based on the book and activities to help children explore its themes.

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Max and the Purple Worry

Written by Kitty Black

Illustrated by Jess Rose

When Max has a hard time starting his math, he’s joined by someone new: Worry. Worry is no help. Worry doesn’t listen. Max begins to think that Worry will never leave! Will Max ever be able to escape Worry? With humor and sensitivity, Max and the Purple Worry delves into the quest for perfection, the anxiety it creates, and the inherent value in simply offering our best.

Click the image below to access a discussion and activity guide that explores the story’s themes and provides conversation starters and activities to help children express their feelings. 

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My Elephant Is Blue

Written by Melinda Szymanik
Illustrated by Vasanti Unka​ 

My Elephant Is Blue is an exploration of what it’s like to live with feelings of sadness. In this story, a child wakes up to find they are crushed under the weight of sadness, which is personified by an elephant named Blue. Click the image below to access a free, printable coloring page of the child and Blue. You can print and color it as many times as you like!

 

You can also download a free reading guide that suggests ways for you to explore the story’s themes further with children. Click the image below for conversation starters and art activities to help children express their feelings. At the end of the guide, you will find a list of organizations that offer support for those who are impacted by sadness or depression.

 

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One Thursday Afternoon

Written & Illustrated by Barbara DiLorenzo

One Thursday Afternoon sheds light on how an unpredictable world can make a child feel, reminding us that big fears can become smaller when we take time together to look, listen, and create. Two guides have been created to use with this book.

 

The Discussion & Activity Guide provides space for children to draw, color, and observe. This is a helpful tool that prompts creative expression while experiencing anxiety. To go along with one of the drawing activities in this guide, the author has created a video showing the process of drawing a duck.

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The Educator Guide includes discussion questions  and activities using the Common Core State Standards and CASEL 5 social and emotional learning competencies.

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Psalms of Wonder: Poems from the Book of Songs

Written by Carey Wallace

Illustrated by Khoa Le

 

Psalms of Wonder is perfect for using as a devotional and studying the Psalms, both at home and in group settings of all ages! To support your educational and devotional uses of this book, we've created free digital resources, which can be downloaded using the buttons below.

Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts: A Book about Anger

Written & Illustrated by Ian De Haes

 

Featuring colorful and expressive illustrations, this insightful book helps children learn how to handle their anger. Access an in-depth guide for parents and teachers that features strategies for talking to children about their emotions, along with various exercises children can use to cope with anger.

The Dress in the Window

Written by Robert Tregoning
Illustrated by Pippa Curnick​ 

In The Dress in the Window, a boy hopes to have a sparkling red dress he sees in the window of a secondhand shop. He has just one wish: to put on that dress and to swirl and to swish. Click the image below to access free, printable coloring pages featuring the dress and other clothes in the shop’s window.

 

Childhood is all about exploring the world and finding one’s place in it, and this includes gender exploration like we see in The Dress in the Window. You can download a free resource list for parents and caregivers who want to learn more about gender identity and expression in children below.

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The Story of AND

The Little Word That Changed the World

Written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrated by Joani Keller Rothenberg

 

The Story of AND is about how one little word helps a variety of opinionated shapes overcome their differences to create something entirely new.

 

Singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer recorded an original song based on the picture book! Click the video player below to hear or download her catchy, upbeat song that celebrates AND's ability to create connections.

You can also access a downloadable activity page inspired by the book by clicking the image below. The activity page helps teach children about shapes and further encourages them to look for unexpected connections.

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The Worst Christmas Ever

Written by Kathleen Long Bostrom

Illustrated by Guy Porfirio

Inside The Worst Christmas Ever, Matthew’s Christmas in his new state of California is bound to be the worst ever, especially after his beloved dog Jasper goes missing—until an unexpected event on Christmas Eve reminds him of the real meaning of home.

 

Click the image below to download a printable coloring sheet of Matthew and Jasper playing together.

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Three Lines in a Circle

The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol

Written by Michael G. Long

Illustrated by Carlos Vélez

 

Three Lines in a Circle tells the history of the peace symbol and how it became a powerful icon used in marches and movements around the world. Click the image below to access a printable dot-to-dot activity sheet that was inspired by the book.

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Walking toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave
Woman Called Peace Pilgrim

Written by Kathleen Krull

Illustrated by Annie Bowler

Walking toward Peace tells the true story of Peace Pilgrim, a female activist and spiritual leader who sacrificed everything to travel by foot around America promoting peace. Click the image below to access a free, downloadable maze featuring Peace Pilgrim. 

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When God Gave Us Words

Written by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrated by Darcy Day Zoells

 

When God Gave Us Words is a creative tale about the origin of words and the power of language. Click the image below to access a downloadable activity page inspired by the book. The featured activity, which includes coloring and writing components, encourages children to reflect on the positive words they use and the impact they can make.

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Who Counts?

100 Sheep, 10 Coins, 2 Sons

Written by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrated by Margaux Meganck

Who Counts? is a creative retelling of three popular parables: the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son. Click the images below to download printable coloring sheets that feature artwork from the book!

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Who Is My Neighbor?

Written by Amy Jill-Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Illustrated by Denise Turu

Blues and Yellows just don’t mix, and that’s how it’s always been—until the day Midnight Blue takes a tumble along the road and a Yellow named Lemon stops to help him. Click the image below to download a printable coloring sheet featuring Midnight Blue and Lemon!

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