Children’s books that inspire are worth their weight in gold. That in mind, Austin-based author Katie Jaffe along with her mother, Jennifer Lawson, just launched their first children’s book, Fly, Fly Again and it is a delight.
We feel that Fly, Fly Again is an entertaining and educational book that introduces young readers to the concepts of flight–lift, gravity, thrust, and drag. Jenny and Jude accompanied by their pets, Kitty and Hawk, work together to build a flying machine. The fun story of adventure, teamwork, and perseverance that begins to lay a foundation for aerodynamics in an adorable picture book format. It also happens that the foreword for the book is written by famed NASA Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the beautiful illustrations are by Tammie Lyon, an award-winning illustrator known for her work on the Eloise series.
This book is the first in a series of educational and fun books for children through the authors’ company, Liftoff Learning Studios, and a portion of the proceeds of Fly, Fly Again benefits children’s education programs through UNICEF and Buzz Aldrin Ventures. Additionally, the authors worked with Double A Labs to combine the physical and digital world to help extend and build on the life of the book. They created an augmented reality application that can highlight areas of the book which will pull out additional educational information and 4-D imagery when used with an iPad or iPhone (these can be shown on TV). How cool is that?