During graduation season, many parents will be looking back and thinking about all the milestones their children have achieved on their way to this major rite of passage. The new picture book Sometimes You Fly captures this moment.
On this Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe is joined by Newbery Award-winning author Katherine Applegate, best known for her book The One and Only Ivan. Sometimes You Fly is illustrated by Iowa City-based artist Jennifer Black Reinhardt, who also joins the conversation.
Applegate believes in the importance of young readers being able to identify with the books they read.
"It’s so important that a child be able to see him or herself in a book," Applegate says. "For years and years that just wasn't the case. When you go to the shelf, you’re starting to see glimmers of all kinds of authors and all kinds of stories that haven’t been told up to now. And that’s wonderful for everyone."