by Rebekah Lowell

Intricately detailed birds seemingly fly off the pages of this poetic and encouraging picture book about hope and resilience. It’s the perfect gift for birdwatchers, graduates, or anyone seeking motivation.

Catch the current of a bird’s wing. Dance with hope into open skies.

From avid birder and acclaimed wildlife illustrator Rebekah Lowell comes a soaring message of encouragement. Readers will find inspiration in a Yellow Warbler greeting a sunrise, a flock of Canada Geese supporting each other by sharing the weight of the wind, a Red-Tailed Hawk trusting its own wings, and a plucky Northern Saw-Whet Owl braving a chilly night. Ending on the optimistic note of a new day, this book is a parable about enduring life’s setbacks, as well as a glorious celebration of the outdoors. An afterword is included, with factual information about the ten birds featured in the book.


published by doubleday books for young readers

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Rebekah Lowell is an author-illustrator whose curiosity about nature fuels her creativity. Her childhood, filled with wildflowers, finds its way into her work. A mother of two and survivor of domestic abuse, she is passionate about resiliency, freedom, and hope.

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Rebekah Lowell: writer, illustrator, artist

NESCBWI Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship

Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award 

PEN America Writer’s Grant

"Catching Flight is a beautiful and poetic breath of wind beneath the imaginative wings of any child who reads it."

"This picture book is really about more than birds; it's an exhortation to partake in the joys that life has to offer, even through its inevitable storms—if you dare to spread your wings and fly."

“Catching Flight captures the longing to fly free like birds in perfect whimsy—the kind of whimsy that only nature can provide. The story toggles on a beautifully balanced line between fact and emotion with illustrations to match. The art provides a clear understanding of the various birds included, what they look like, how they behave while at the same time, being transported to a warm and inviting dream.”

"Beautifully illustrated birds fly off the page and straight into your heart, each with a unique message of hope, inspiration, courage, and resilience."

"It’s hard to tell which I love more: the poetic meditation on moving forward into each new day with joy, confidence, and curiosity, or lingering in each page with the gorgeously rendered birds. I guess, I’ll just have to read it again. And again. And again."

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