Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

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About the Author

Lea Lyon is an award-winning children's book illustrator, painting teacher, and portrait artist who has made a childhood dream come true. Lea loved to draw and paint as a child, and she wanted to be a children's book illustrator. She ended up raising a family, going back to school for an MBA, and working in the corporate world, but she kept painting. Now, at long last, Lea is a children's book illustrator with five published picture books: Say Something, Playing War, Keep Your Ear on the Ball (all with Tilbury), The Miracle Jar and Operation Marriage. She lives in Richmond, California.
A. LaFaye is the author of over a dozen books, including the Skipping Stones Honor Book Walking Home to Rosie Lee about the reunification of African American families after the Civil War. Her other picture books include Follow Me Down to Nicodemus Town and No Frogs in School. LaFaye, like Sylvia Townsend, always had dreams of flying, but she chose words to feather her wings and became an author. You can catch up with A. LaFaye at
Jessica Gibson is a freelance illustrator from the riverfront area of Detroit, Michigan. She started her career after graduating from Wayne County Community College and has produced illustrations for a number of publishers and brands, including picture books, editorial spot pieces, packaging design, and surface patterns.


"...a lovely, uplifting story"--Joann Ferrara, Executive Director/Founder, Dancing Dreams
"Ready to Fly is sooo sweet, sooo wonderful and sooo inspirational. This story will no doubt show little ones everywhere that you can find a dream in the library."--Floyd Cooper, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author-illustrator
"Readers are leaders, and Sylvia's story proves just this."--TaKiyah Wallace, Founder & Executive Director, Brown Girls Do, Inc.
"I love it! Not only is Ready to Fly full of adorable illustrations but [I] thoroughly enjoyed reading about the history of bookmobiles and Sylvia Townsend's connection between books and ballet in the 1950s."--TaKiyah Wallace, Founder & Executive Director, Brown Girls Do, Inc.

"Lyon and LaFaye have co-authored a standout text that centers action in this triumphant story."--Kirkus Reviews
"Gibson's full-color illustrations use patterns, textures, and expressive facial features to show a loving family, a vibrant community, and a talented girl who becomes an accomplished woman."--Kirkus Reviews
"Engaging and inspiring, this brief introduction is also fun to read."--Kirkus Reviews
"Rhythmic prose, with active verbs like jive, sway, soar, and float, convey movement and draw readers into Townsend's purposeful but joyful practice sessions."--School Library Journal
"...a tale of ambition and perseverance. A satisfying addition to nonfiction collections for younger readers."--School Library Journal
"Gibson's illustrations of Townsend's early family life and dance practices express hope, wonder, and disappointment."--School Library Journal
"Townsend's determined spirit shines through the engaging first-person narration, and Gibson's cartoon illustrations capture endearing scenes..."--Publishers Weekly