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Capstone's New Picture Book to Benefit Families Affected by Natural Disasters

Publisher Partners with Save the Children for Emergency Relief

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 23, 2013 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is partnering with Save the Children, a leading independent nonprofit organization for children in need, to raise money for the organization’s domestic emergency fund which helps children and families during times of severe crises and natural disasters with food, medical care, and education.

Capstone is making a substantial donation to Save the Children’s domestic emergency fund, from the sale of its wordless picture book, Flood, by Argentinean illustrator Alvaro F. Villa. The critically acclaimed tale follows a family through the emotional experience of surviving and rebuilding in the face of nature’s devastating force.

Flood is an intense look at the effects of natural disaster on a family, but it also carries a simple message of hope and recovery. This book can be used as a powerful tool, especially for families and communities affected by disaster, for beginning a discussion with children about the experience of such a traumatic event,” said Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Group Publisher and General Manager. “Save the Children is an incredible charity, and Capstone is proud to partner with them on this title to support their emergency relief efforts in the U.S.” 

Reviewers are praising Flood for the poignant wordless narrative, beautiful illustration and discussion value: “leaves an impression that no child will quickly forget” (Wall Street Journal), “a wordless narrative of epic proportions” (ForeWord Reviews), “gripping story of loss and regeneration” (School Library Journal), and “a useful resource for adults to use with children, especially given the damaging hurricanes in recent years” (Publishers Weekly).

“The children who have recently experienced Hurricane Sandy came immediately to my mind. This is a really smart and non-threatening approach to help children open up about their feelings and fears after a traumatic event. It's a very therapeutic and healing resource,” said Roxanne Davidson, M.Ed., elementary school counselor in Portland, Ore., and blogger at Books That Heal Kids.

A free reader’s guide offering reading and discussion tips, as well as writing prompts, is available at

By Alvaro F. Villa
Publication Date: February 2013 ● Ages 6-8 ● Grades 1-3
32 pages ● Trim 11” x 8 ½”
Trade hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-62370-001-0
Available from Capstone Young Readers
Reinforced library binding: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4048-8006-1
Available from Capstone

About the Author/Illustrator
Alvaro Fernandez Villa lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has a degree in fine arts. He became interested in art as a very young child, and has developed skills in both digital and traditional art forms.

About Save the Children
Save the Children works in nearly 120 countries, including the United States. They give children the best chance to fulfill their potential – a healthy start in life, nutritious food, the opportunity learn and protection from harm. They save children’s lives. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

About Capstone
Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books in nonfiction and fiction, digital products and services and literacy programs. Capstone publishes content in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Imprints under Capstone include Capstone Young Readers, Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann Raintree, Picture Window Books, Stone Arch Books, Capstone Classroom and Maupin House. For more information, visit  Connect with them at