By Leslie Lindsay
A clever and uplifting story of a girl named Jenny who dreams of flying…plus, the illustrations!
Books on Monday: Children’s Literature Series| Always with a Book
When I was younger, my dad would read to me, his arm draped around my tiny shoulders, blonde ponytails. And this time was special. It was when I learned I could do anything, be anything. It was then I first thought, “Hey–I want to be an author, too!” I fell into the rhythm of books and imagination at an early age. And like little Jenny in FLY, FLY AGAIN (January 7th Greenleaf Book Press), I was given the message, that if I work hard, I just might get to where I want to go.
From mother-daughter duo, Katie Jaffe and Jennifer Lawson comes a darling and delightful read about the concepts of flight–lift, gravity, thrust, and drag. Plus, pitch, roll, and yaw. Little Jenny is clever and creative, and she wants to fly. Along with her neighbor friend, Jude, and a menagerie of pets, Kitty and Hawk, the pair work together to build a flying machine. FLY, FLY AGAIN is a fun story of adventure, teamwork, and perseverance that begins to lay a foundation for aerodynamics in an adorable picture book format. Seriously, these illustrations are so warm and engaging, I guarantee you’ll feel transported…if not to the skies, but in your mind.
FLY, FLY AGAIN brings concepts of STE(A)M to life, starting with ingenuity, perseverance, and basic household items. It’s ‘play’ at it’s best.
Please join me in welcoming the lovely Katie Jaffe to the author interview series.
I always want to know what sparks a book idea. What was it for you?
FLY, FLY AGAIN was inspired by my husband Jordan, who has had a love of flight since he was a child. Our family is in the aviation industry and our three children have consequently developed a love for flying. We are constantly teaching them the basics of flight in our day-to-day life, and FLY, FLY AGAIN was the perfect way to do just that.
Have you always wanted to write? Can you share a little about your education and background?
I grew up in El Paso, Texas and then moved to Austin to attend UT where I studied Government and Film, but yes–I have always loved to write, since I was very young. I’ve also had a passion for children’s causes from a very young age, and writing FLY, FLY AGAIN was a great way to give back to children’s education. Our proceeds benefit UNICEF and Buzz Aldrin Ventures.
And you have kids…what do they think about this?
I have three kids and two dogs and I think they’re all pretty pumped about the book.
Katie, thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us. Is there anything I should have asked, but may have forgotten?
Don’t be afraid to dream!
Artistic image of book cover designed and photographed by L.Lindsay. Please follow on Instagram for more like this @leslielindsay1.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS: As Creative Director and Design Consultant of Aviation for Spectre Air Capital, Katie Jaffe has aided in the design of several high-profile aircraft. Currently, she is leading the marketing and design efforts of an overseas airline. She also has a passion for children’s causes, and has committed herself to helping several charities for children around the world. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three children.
Lifelong educator and advocate of the Children’s Literacy Program, Jennifer Lawson seeks to bring knowledge to students through creative curriculum and technology on a global level. As Owner and President of Decision Tree Technologies, she is currently endeavoring to teach using technologically advanced solutions that excite today’s students. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.
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Leslie Lindsay is the award-winning author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012). Her work has been published in Pithead Chapel, Common Ground Review, Cleaver Magazine (craft and CNF), The Awakenings Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ruminate’s The Waking, Brave Voices Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, and others. She has been awarded as one of the top 1% reviewers on GoodReads and recognized by Jane Friedman as one of the most influential book reviewers. Since 2013, Leslie has interviewed over 700 bestselling and debut authors on her author interview series
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[Cover, author, and interior illustration images courtesy of PRbytheBook and used with permission. Artistic photo of book cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this.]