Soaring Kite Books
Founded in April 2020, Soaring Kite Books is a small independent publishing company formed to give a voice and a presence to underrepresented characters in children's books. According to 2019 children's publishing statistics, characters with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds make up only 27% of children's books. While children can learn important values from book characters of any background, it builds children's confidence and self-esteem to see and read literature featuring characters that look like them. Are you passionate about representation too?
We'd love for you to support us.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to create books that celebrate underrepresented main characters.
Our vision is to build a collection of books by diverse authors that parents and readers can trust.
We value and amplify diverse voices through storytelling because we know that representation matters.
The importance of family is at the core of our lives as well as our books.
We aim to build the self-esteem and confidence of our readers by celebrating diversity and individuality.
Our books embrace our mantra, "Above All, Be Kind", which is needed now more than ever.
- Ceece Kelley, Principal Author -
Ceece Kelley is the Principal Author for Soaring Kite Books. She has a background in brand marketing and creative services and a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard University. She enjoys working with illustrators, graphic designers, and editors to bring her visions to life and into the hands of readers.
After having her son, Ceece felt compelled to introduce him to a variety of children's books including timeless classics, empowering current releases, and books with characters that look just like him.
- Sawyer Cloud, Illustrator -
Sawyer is a self-taught Illustrator and Author.
She Iives in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. She loves telling stories with her illustrations, using warm colours, and getting lost in wonderland whenever she wants and being able to call it her job!
Before deciding to become a full-time artist, she had many different jobs but all related to education and creativity. In 2018 she stopped everything to focus only on her passion: illustration. She's worked with amazing people around the world, including Soaring Kite Books!
- Chloe Guevara, Illustrator -
Chloe is a budding self-taught Artist from the Philippines. She dreams of someday writing and illustrating her own children's books that bring light to her advocacies of conservation, equality, and empowerment.
Although she grew up with a love for the arts, her formal education and work experience has been in the sciences. It was only recently that she took the leap to pursue illustrating full-time. Her project with Soaring Kite Books will be among her first!