These Picture Books Based On Popular Songs Will Make You Sing

'The illustrations give a brand new life to the lyrics'

A brand new set of LyricPop picture books will arrive on October 6, 2020 via Brooklyn-based independent publisher, Akashic Books.

The four new books are based on song titles and lyrics from the classic tracks “Move The Crowd”, by Eric B. & Rakim, Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”, Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’”, and The Go-Gos’ “We Got The Beat.”

“We are looking to include a wide range of musical genres — including rhythm and blues, rock, pop, punk, hip hop, and country — to create books that appeal to a diverse array of children and families,” said Johnny Temple, publisher of Akashic Books. “The idea of giving parents, grandparents, teachers and caregivers a way to connect kids with music early on through picture books is exciting. And when adults sing the lyrics as they read the books, it becomes a multimedia experience, introducing books and music at the same time.”

Here’s a rundown of the new titles:

Respect, with lyrics by Otis Redding, and illustrations by Rachel Moss, Redding’s classic “Respect” made famous by Aretha Franklin becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.

"Respect" Photo credit Akashic Books

“The word ‘Respect’ means so much to Otis’s fans around the world,” says Zelma Redding, widow of Otis Redding and President of the Otis Redding Foundation. “And now to have the lyrics depicted and illustrated in this wonderful book is sure to grow a whole new fan base of young readers.”

We Got the Beat, with lyrics by Charlotte Caffey, and illustrations by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor it’s a celebration of dance and play in picture book form, based on the classic made famous by the Go-Go’s.

"We Got The Beat"
"We Got The Beat" Photo credit Akashic Books

“When I wrote ‘We Got the Beat,’ I never thought the lyrics would one day turn into a children’s book!!” says songwriter Charlotte Caffey. “The illustrations give a brand new life to the lyrics—I hope kids and adults have tons of fun singing them together.”

These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, with song lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, and illustrations by Rachel Moss, the tough-talkin’ hit song popularized by Nancy Sinatra is adapted into a playful children’s book about the inner life of a jealous cat.

"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'"
"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" Photo credit Akashic Books

Move the Crowd, with song lyrics by Eric Barrier and William Griffin, and illustrations by Kirk Parrish, who brings the iconic Eric B. & Rakim hip-hop song “Move the Crowd” to life for the first time as a children’s picture book.

'Move The Crowd'
'Move The Crowd' Photo credit Akashic Books

There are four previous books in the Akashic series, African with lyrics by Peter ToshDon’t Stop with lyrics by Christine McVie of Fleetwood MacGood Vibrations with good vibes by The Beach BoysMike Love and Brian Wilson, and finally We’re Not Gonna Take It with song lyrics by the one and only Dee Snider of Twisted Sister. Forthcoming titles include Humble and Kind with lyrics by country songwriter Lori McKenna, and (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay with lyrics by Otis Redding and Stax house band member Steve Cropper.

The LyricPop titles are available now and for pre-order at Akashic's website and wherever books are sold.

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