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New picture book offers fresh understanding of the story of Babel

God’s plan is for wonderful diversity throughout the world

by Flyaway Books | Special to Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Flyaway Books is proud to announce the release of “God’s Big Plan” by noted Christian educator Elizabeth F. Caldwell and Old Testament scholar Theodore Hiebert.

Ideal for children ages 3-7, the picture book offers a fresh perspective on the story of Babel in Genesis and suggests that God’s plan was for there to be wonderful diversity throughout the world. The book features bright, ethnically diverse artwork by illustrator Katie Yamasaki.

God’s Big Plan includes a note for parents and educators in the back of the book, and it is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

In a recent review of the book, “Kirkus Reviews” said, “[God’s Big Plan is] a provocative vehicle for introducing ideas of diversity to young readers…Yamasaki’s stunning illustrations are colorful and rich, showing diversity in everything from types of homes to a wide array of foods to multiple houses of worship.”

About Elizabeth F. Caldwell

Elizabeth F. Caldwell is a noted Christian educator, author, coeditor of “Growing in God’s Love: A Story Bible,” and an editor of the Common English Bible. She is Professor Emerita of Pastoral Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary and Visiting Professor in Religious Education at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

About Theodore Hiebert

Theodore Hiebert is Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at McCormick Theological Seminary, where he served as a member of the faculty and academic dean and was an editor and translator of the Common English Bible. A leading scholar among theological educators, he has done groundbreaking work in the study of Genesis.

About Katie Yamasaki

Katie Yamasaki is a muralist, teaching artist, and author/illustrator of children’s books. She views her work as a vehicle for dialogue within diverse communities and travels widely to create conversations around art. For more information, visit

About Flyaway Books

Flyaway Books is a new children’s book program dedicated to creating books that will inspire the next generation to fly. Books featured in the program carry themes of diversity, inclusion, self-esteem, kindness, compassion, and care for our world. They are also intentionally multicultural in their artwork and characters. Visit for more information.

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