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New picture book from Flyaway Books explores the history of the peace symbol

‘Three Lines in a Circle’ tells how the symbol became a powerful icon

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Flyaway Books has released its latest children’s book, “Three Lines in a Circle: The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol,” by Michael G. Long and illustrator Carlos Vélez.

“Three Lines in a Circle” tells the story of the peace symbol and how it became a powerful icon used in marches and movements around the world. Depicting the symbol’s travels from peace marches and liberation movements to the end of apartheid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, “Three Lines in a Circle” offers a message of inspiration to today’s children and adults who are working to create social change. An author’s note with additional background information and a timeline of various peace movements is included at the back of the book.

“Recounts the origins of the peace sign for a new generation of young activists,” says Publishers Weekly about the book. “Empowering.”

The book is available in a jacketed hardback format. It is ideal for children ages 3-7 and the retail price is $18. A free, printable activity sheet designed to go along with the book is available for download at A book trailer about the picture book is available for viewing at

About Flyaway Books

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

Michael G. Long has written books for all ages on civil rights and peacemaking in mid-century America, including the stories of Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Jackie Robinson and Mister Rogers. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Carlos Vélez has illustrated more than 20 books for children and has been recognized with illustration awards from the Catalog of Illustrators of Children’s and Youth Publications and the National Fund for Culture and the Arts. He lives in Mexico City.

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