a Picture Book by Sonny Evans

An Educational Story Book for Children

Books Don't Need Batteries is the perfect feel-good story to read with your child.  Learn about the power of imagination and the importance of books, while subtly exploring themes of self-confidence and bullying.  

Whether your child is in preschool or kindergarten, or beginning to read with help or alone, the positive messages in Books Don't Need Batteries are sure to resonate. 

Books Don't Need Batteries features a strong female-lead, making the story especially appropriate for young girls.

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Award Winning

Books Don't Need Batteries is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient.


Books Don't Need Batteries is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient. 

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.  Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. 

Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children 

About Us

About the Book

We all know how critical reading is to a child's development. Yet, we also know how challenging it can be to get our kids to lay off the electronic devices and practice their reading. 

What's the solve? How about a book that explores why reading continues to be special in a digital world.    

Books Don't Need Batteries tells the story of how Paige, a living book, finds a way to compete with Sal, a resident mobile phone. Sal's so impressed with himself and attention-seeking (unfortunately, just like a real smart phone), it's hard for Paige to be heard.    

In a world besotted with devices, Books Don't Need Batteries is a story that resonates with parents and kids alike.  

About the Author

Sonny Evans grew up in the Corn Belt but always dreamed of traveling to the Far East. After spending several years in Asia, he returned to the Midwest, with a beautiful wife and two small children. 

Believing in the power of imagination and the utility of reading, Sonny set out to write a story that would impart those messages to his kids.  

When Sonny’s not working at his day job, he enjoys playing the guitar, coaching baseball, and swimming in his brother’s pool.   


Illustration and Design by Rachel Roberts

Rachel Roberts is an Australian-born illustrator.  All of her illustrations for Books Don't Need Batteries were created by hand using pencil on paper, which she augments using digital techniques.

Rachel has worked with clients in Australia and America.  Her work has been selected for inclusion in The University of Edinburgh’s Dangerous Women Project.

You can contact Rachel and learn more about her work at:

Email:  contact@pencilpusher.biz

Instagram: @pencilpusherpix  Facebook: pencilpusherbiz 

Edited by Odyssey Books

Odyssey Books is committed to working on engaging and beautifully written books that stretch the imagination, challenge pre-existing attitudes and beliefs, or take readers on epic journeys.    

Odyssey Books has helped its authors win several awards, including being longlisted for the Sisters in Crime's Davitt Awards in 2015, winning the Moonbeam Children's Book Silver Award in 2014, and being shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing in 2012.

To learn more about Odyssey Books, visit its website:

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