SPARROW'S PRAYER NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER!
Sparrow wakes each morning, ready to sing a prayer of thanksgiving. But not today. Today his words get tangled and knotted in his beak like old yarn and straw. He feels sad and gray, and he's not sure why. So Sparrow decides to ask his friends Turtle, Mousie, and Buck for advice on how to pray. Each friend shows Sparrow a different way to pray without words, through generosity, art, and movement. As the day ends, Sparrow meditates on a rose aglow in the evening light and has an epiphany: Every living thing does what God created them to do. Each life is, itself, a prayer of thanksgiving. Often, the most powerful prayers do not include words. Lyrical and unique, Sparrow's Prayer is a tale about an unexpected and life-changing encounter with the holy.
Ag Jatkowska grew up loving picture books and dreamed that one day she would become an illustrator. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with a MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. With a passion for creating whimsical scenes full of cute animals, soft colours and textures, Ag has illustrated a broad range of children’s books and greeting cards and is known for illustrating for Usborne, Little Tiger Press, Lion Hudson, Campbell, Macmillan, Zonderkidz, Capstone, Simon & Shuster. She has also illustrated a Ziggy Marley book for the Grammy Award-winning song “ I love you too” and some stories for Nickelodeon’s “Bed Time Stories”.
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I am excited to announce that I am now represented by Keely Boeving and WordServe Literary Group! I have been working towards this for years. Keely and I hit it off and I know we are going to make a great team.
Keely has been working in publishing since 2010. A graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., English) and the Denver Publishing Institute, she began her career in New York as an assistant editor at Oxford University Press, where she acquired books for the trade history list. In 2015, she joined WordServe Literary Group. As an agent, she represents writers across the industry in both the Christian and general markets. Keely lives in Denver with her husband and their boy/girl twins. When not reading, she loves to ski, bike, and spend time with family.
Roger is the #1 Bestselling author and illustrator of seven books including, The Painting Table, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes., Faces: A Love Story, El Major Día, the Spanish translation of The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children, and Come in, Come in!
Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Roger had the privilege of painting with children who witnessed this tragic event. The experience profoundly affected him and convinced him to serve those who grieve with his writing and art.
Roger received the Governor’s Order of the Silver Crescent Award in 2014. The Order of the Silver Crescent is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor for exemplary performance, contribution and achievement within the community.
There is prayerful poetry woven through Roger’s work, a gentle reverence in his tone and posture toward the heartbroken. It’s Roger’s ambition to use art, color, and poetic language to communicate love and promote healing and hope in today’s hurting world.
Roger is also an award-winning photographer with a special interest in photographing birds.
Roger serves as the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, and is a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
Roger lives with his wife and daughter just outside of Houston.
To learn more about Roger and follow his story, you can find him on Instagram @rogerhutchisonbooks - see Instagram feed below.