New book encourages children to take low-tech adventures

‘Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone’ tells young readers it’s OK to step back from technology

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — As technology continues to impact and influence our daily lives, Flyaway Books is proud to release “Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone,” a new picture book that provides a balanced message about healthy technology usage.

Written and illustrated by Denise Turu, “Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and Phone” is about a rabbit named Babbit, who after learning that the overworked phones in his community are going on strike, encourages his phone, Joan, to rest at home while he goes on a tech-free adventure. This relatable and amusing book reminds readers that it is OK to take a step back from technology sometimes to be present with the world around them.

“Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and Phone” features colorful artwork filled with inventive details for readers to explore and it is ideal for children ages 3-7.

“This cute story takes up [our] obsessive love affair with our phones,” said Story Monsters Ink.

“Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and Phone” is now available for purchase wherever books are sold. Watch a book trailer about the picture book here.

About Denise Turu

Denise Turu is the illustrator of “Who Is My Neighbor?” by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, as well as both author and illustrator of numerous picture books and graphic novels. Her work has been exhibited around the world. For more information, visit

About Flyaway Books

Flyaway Books is a picture book program dedicated to themes of diversity, inclusivity, compassion and kindness. Visit for more information.

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