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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

August 13, 2020

As technology continues to impact and influence our daily lives, Flyaway Books has  released “Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone,” a 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 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 and it is ideal for children ages 3–7.

“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.

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

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

 Flyaway Books, Special to Presbyterian News Service

Today’s Focus:  ‘Babbit and Joan, a Rabbit and a Phone’ Book

Let us join in prayer for: 

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rebecca Kueber, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
Everdith Landrau, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Let us pray:

 Compassionate God, continue to provide hope to children around the world. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.