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Harry Connick, Jr. Publishes Picture Book

Musician Harry Connick, Jr. has published a picture book inspired by his song, The Happy Elf.

In the video embedded above, the author performs the original song. Connick also talks about his thoughts behind the picture book project with illustrations by Dan Andreasen.

The Happy Elf song was originally released in Connick’s 2003 Christmas album, Harry for the Holidays. It has has also spawned a 3-D animated film (2005) and a musical stage production (2007). In the film, Connick served as the narrator, the composer and an executive producer. For the stage production, he created five additional songs.

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Kickstarter Project to Teach Kids Not to Litter

Artist Jennifer Nutter hopes to secure $3,500 to print 1,000 copies of the new edition of her children’s book Rigsby. This award-winning picture book advocates environmental consciousness by teaching readers the harmful effects of littering. Above, we’ve embedded a video about the project.

Here’s more about the project: “The new edition is expanded with additional illustrations, durable covers, and is more earth friendly. Rigsby is a rhyming story with vivid watercolor illustrations showing how the animals team up to overcome litter. Children LOVE the story. Over 10,000 kids have heard or read the book. Many produced Rigsby plays, earned the Rigsby Scout Patch, or made cards and posters to email Rigsby.”

Welcome to our Kickstarter Publishing Project of the Week, a feature exploring how authors and publishers are using the fundraising site to raise money for book projects. If you want to start your own project, check out How To Use Kickstarter to Fund Your Publishing Project.

Deborah Allen Releases Christmas Picture Book

Grammy-nominated musician Deborah Allen just published her first book, The Loneliest Christmas Tree.

Allen wrote the picture book story in 1986, but it took 25 years to publish. Molly Brooks created the cover design and the illustrations.

Allen explained in the release: “The idea for this book first came to me many years ago. I was writing every day, anxious to see what was going to develop next in the story. It was around this same time that I had forged a friendship with a local Nashville woman who happened to be living on the streets. The character in the book, Christmas Carole, is named after that woman, and she turns out to be the hero in the story. Unfortunately, she passed away several years ago.”

The Band’s Robbie Robertson Gets Children’s Book Biography

Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will publish a biographical picture book profiling rock legend Robbie Robertson. Aimed at 6 to 9 year old readers, The book will be written by Robertson’s son, Sebastian Robertson (pictured with his father).

The book will include photographs and other material from Robertson’s personal collection. Editorial director Christy Ottaviano negotiated the deal with literary agent Ryan Harbage at the Fischer-Harbage Agency.

Here’s more from the release: “The book will focus on Robbie Robertson‘s early years growing up in Canada and, later, living and working in America. The son of a Native American mother and Jewish father, Robbie Robertson spent time as a child at Six Nation Indian Reservation where he received guitar lessons and excelled quickly. By the time he was sixteen, he was offered a guitarist spot with Ronnie Hawkins’s band, and then went on to become the lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the acclaimed music group, The Band.”

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Barack Obama Reads Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

In honor of National Poetry Month, we’ve dug up a video of President Barack Obama reading a poetic Dr. Seuss story out loud.

As Obama prepared to read, he announced: “I am going to try to do the best rendition ever of Green Eggs and Ham.”

Do you think he accomplished his goal?

Weird Al Yankovic On Writing in Verse

In celebration of both April Fool’s Day and National Poetry Month, we bring you an interview with Grammy Award-winning parody musician Weird Al Yankovic (pictured, via Seth Olenick).

As we reported, Yankovic’s children’s book (When I Grow Up) recently climbed The New York Times‘ bestseller list. Here are highlights from the interview…

Q: How did you land your book deal?
A: I was approached a few years ago by Anne Hoppe, an editor at HarperCollins. She was a fan of my songwriting, and thought that the wordplay and sensibility displayed in my lyrics suggested that I might be adept at writing children’s books. I readily agreed, having felt the same thing for quite some time.

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‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’ Film Adapted as Picture Book

Actress Jenny Slate and film director Dean Fleischer-Camp will turn their award-winning film, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, into a picture book. The video embedded above showcases the entire animated movie.

The children’s title will have an initial print run of 100,000 and is set for November release. Razorbill publisher Ben Schrank negotiated the deal with William Morris Endeavor agents Erin Malone and Kirby Kim.

Here’s more from the press release: “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things about Me will feature oil paintings based on photographs of Marcel in his home environment and will be aimed at readers of all ages. Razorbill will simultaneously publish an enriched, interactive digital version of the picture book, and an audio version of the text, recorded by Jenny Slate, will be available as a digital download.”

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