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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!

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.

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

AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER 2020

Written by Michael W. Waters

Illustrated by Keisha Morris

 

Available September 2020, 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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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 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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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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