Rapper turned author, Lil Nas X, announced the release of his new childrenâ€™s book Tuesday. C Is for Country will follow Lil Nas X and Panini the pony, a character who shares the name with one of his hit songs.
The rapper tweeted, â€œIâ€™m dropping the best kidsâ€™ book of all time soon! Canâ€™t wait to share it with you all.â€
The childrenâ€™s book published by Random House Kids will be available in bookstores January 5, 2021 and is now available for online pre-order.
What It Is
According to the Random House Kidsâ€™ website, the book is targeted at children between the ages of 3 and 7. The plot of the book focuses on Lil Nas X and Panini the pony adventuring â€œon a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown.â€
Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, Random House claims that C is for Country will include â€œplenty of hidden surprises for Nasâ€™ biggest fans.â€
Following in the Footsteps
Lil Nas X is not the only musician to be an author of childrenâ€™s books. In fact, he joins a growing list of some musicâ€™s greatest legends.
- Madonna â€“ The Pop star signed a five-book deal in 2003 with Callaway Arts & Entertainment. Later that year, she released her first childrenâ€™s book The English Roses illustrated by Jeffrey Fulvimair and became the fastest selling childrenâ€™s book of all time. She continued her success with a four-part book series that included Mr. Peabodyâ€™s Apples, Yakov and the Seven Thieves, The Adventurers of Abdi, and Lotsa de Casha.
- Bob Dylan â€“ Various Bob Dylan songs have been illustrated by authors and sold as childrenâ€™s books including Forever Young, Man Gave Names to All the Animals, Blowinâ€™ in the Wind, and If Dogs Run Free.
- Julie Andrews â€“ The beloved musical singer has penned a number of childrenâ€™s books after having surgery and losing her ability to sing. Titles include: Mandy, The Very Fairy Princess: Attitude of Gratitude, The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween, and The Very Fairy Princess Doodle Book.
- David Bowieâ€“ David Bowie published Musical Storyland, which included a singalong disc in 2004.
- Courtney Love â€“ Courtney Loveâ€™s comic book, Princess Ali, told the story about a girl who gets transported to Tokyo where she falls in love.
To purchase C is for Country, readers can pre-order a copy from Random House Kids.