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New picture book celebrates the life of an activist peace pilgrim

Flyaway Books’ ‘Walking toward Peace’ tells the true story of Peace Pilgrim, who used her sneakers to promote peace

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Flyaway Books has officially released its moving new children’s book “Walking toward Peace: The True Story of a Brave Woman Called Peace Pilgrim” by Kathleen Krull and illustrator Annie Bowler.

Perfect for Women’s History Month, the book tells the true story of Peace Pilgrim, a female activist and spiritual leader who sacrificed everything to travel by foot around America promoting peace. Written by Kathleen Krull, a widely honored author of nonfiction books for children, “Walking toward Peace” presents a hopeful story that inspires and celebrates peace. It also encourages readers to step out for what they believe and features lively, inviting artwork by illustrator Annie Bowler.

Booklist gave “Walking toward Peace” a starred review, saying, “The narrative is sufficiently detailed to capture the motivation and spirit of Peace Pilgrim and the people she met along her walks, leaving the reader wanting to know more. The even, steady pacing is perfectly complemented by Bowler’s crisp illustrations, which capture the serenity, gravity, and joy of Peace Pilgrim’s mission.”

The book is available in a jacketed hardback format. Ideal for children ages 3-7, the retail price for “Walking toward Peace” is $18. A free, printable activity sheet featuring Peace Pilgrim designed to go along with the book is available for download here. A book trailer about the picture book is available for viewing here.

“Walking toward Peace” is now available for purchase where books are sold.

About Flyaway Books

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

About Kathleen Krull

Flyaway Books mourns the recent passing of acclaimed author Kathleen Krull. She was known for her innovative biographies of adventurous and inspiring people. She received many accolades for her work, including the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, the Christopher Award, numerous best-of-the-year citations and ALA awards, and many body-of-work honors. For more information, visit

About Annie Bowler

Annie Bowler’s debut picture book, “A Very Big Problem,” by Amy-Jill Levine and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 3×3 Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators. She lives in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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