Contact: Robin Patterson

NASHVILLE, Tenn., 9/5/2012Coinciding with the theatrical release of Unconditional on September 21, B&H Kids will release Firebird, a children’s storybook that parallels the life of character Samantha Crawford, a storybook artist in the film who has lost sight of God’s love.

In Unconditional, Crawford’s character struggles to find God in the midst of personal loss, all the while crafting illustrations for a children’s book she is working on titled Firebird.

Throughout the course of the movie, Crawford, like the baby oriole she creates for her book, discovers that God is ever present, and nothing can take His love away. Officially connected to the movie, the B&H Kids title Firebird by Brent McCorkle and Amy Parker is for kids of all ages – a charming and lavishly illustrated book. Children will fall in love with the fretful young bird that wants to know why God allows the rain to take the sun away. The story also serves as an encouraging reminder for adults of His presence in times of need.

Full-color illustrations in the B&H children’s book are similar to those from the movie. Artwork was intentionally compared and designed for cohesiveness and similarity to the illustrations crafted by the fictional movie character Samantha Crawford.

Rob Corley, a former Disney animator who worked on classic films including Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Aladdin, along with Chuck Vollmer, who has worked on Disney films from Mulan to The Princess and the Frog as well as on several VeggieTales DVDs and books, are the real life illustrators of Firebird.

In addition to the flagship release of Firebird as the first children’s storybook from the new kids imprint, B&H Kids will release Courageous Teens, a student-focused presentation of the previously published book Courageous Living by Michael Catt. The film Courageous earned more than $34 million at the U.S. box office and is a best-selling DVD/Blu-ray release. Michael Catt, executive producer of the movie, teams with Amy Parker to craft this book. Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults including the best-selling A Night Michael Catt teams with Amy Parker to craft this book. Parker has written more than twenty books for children, teens, and adults including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer and co-wrote The Young Traveler’s Gift with Andy Andrews. Courageous Teens focuses on four categories: Courageous Faith, Courageous Leadership, Courageous Priorities, and Courageous Influence to inspire teen readers to resolve to live for God.

Additional fall releases include the Read-to-Me Toddlers Bible (available in English and Spanish with associated interactive apps) and The 365 Day Children’s Bible Storybook.

B&H Publishing Group, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is a team of more than 100 mission-minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles include New York Times No. 1 bestsellers The Love Dare and The Vow as well as the award-winning HCSB Study Bible.

Courageous Teens by Michael Catt and Amy Parker (September 2012)978-1-4336-7906-3, $9.99, trade paper, 176 pages

Firebird by Brent McCorkle and Amy Parker (October 2012)

978-1-4336-7917-9, $14.99, jacketed hardcover, 32 pages