Ready to Fly: How Sylvia Townsend Became the Bookmobile Ballerina

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8.9 X 11.2 X 0.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Lea Lyon always wanted to create children's books when she was a little girl. Now, after several other careers, Lyon is living out her dream. Ready to Fly is the first children's book she's written. She has illustrated six award-winning picture books, including Say Something by Peggy Moss and Keep Your Ear on the Ball by Genevieve Petrillo. Her book Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi was named an ALA Notable Book. You can visit her at

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 mostly self-taught freelance illustrator who graduated from Wayne County Community College with an associate of arts degree. Though she primarily illustrates children's books, Gibson also creates artwork for magazines and has an interest in character design. With a pen and tablet by her side, she loves creating adorable, whimsical, and sometimes quirky illustrations, ready to brighten up everyone's heart. You can visit her at


"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....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....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....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....Gibson's illustrations of Townsend's early family life and dance practices express hope, wonder, and disappointment. A tale of ambition and perseverance. A satisfying addition to nonfiction collections for younger readers." -- School Library Journal

"Townsend's determined spirit shines through the engaging first-person narration, and Gibson's cartoon illustrations capture endearing scenes..." -- Publishers Weekly