April 23rd is World Book Day, celebrating the power of reading and how books, regardless of genre, shape the lives of all in a positive manner. We chose ten country artists that have written books to share with their audiences.
1. Dolly Parton
Parton has a history of making books accessible to children. In 1995, she established the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which gifts books to children for free. She also has two published books. Her 2009 children’s book I Am a Rainbow helps children talk about their emotions. Recently, Parton released Run, Rose, Run with bestselling author James Patterson to depict the hardships of becoming successful in the music industry.
2. Kelsea Ballerini
In 2021, Ballerini released Feel Your Way Through: A Book of Poetry to address difficult and emotional life experiences that she felt could not be completely expressed in a song. The themes that she covers include relationships, family, body image, sexuality, and more.
3. Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town
Schlapman’s inspiration for her 2020 children’s book A Dolly for Christmas: The True Story of a Family’s Christmas Miracle is something that many families can relate to. Her daughter Daisy really wanted to have a younger sibling, but the Schlapman's struggled having another child. A Dolly for Christmas chronicles the beautiful story of adopting their daughter Dolly.
4. Lauren Alaina
Alaina came out with Getting Good At Being You: Learning to love Who God Made You to Be on November 2nd , 2021. In this autobiographical piece with a foreword by Trisha Yearwood, she dives into her experiences on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars in addition to grief and eating disorders. Alaina ultimately provides positive advice to readers who are going through similar experiences.
5. Tim McGraw
Written with bestselling author Jon Meacham, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation is a New York Times bestseller depicting the journey of American
music through history. They examine well known songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” and expand on the ways in which music influenced the lives of great historical figures like Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr.
6. Jimmie Allen
On July 13th 2021, Allen published the children’s fictional book entitled My Voice is a Trumpet. With illustrations by Kathy and Johnson, the book encourages kids to use their powerful voices to invoke positive change in the world.
7. Chely Wright
Activist and country artist Wright published Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer on May 4th 2010. Wright weaves in moments of her experience in the country music industry, struggling with suicide in 2006, and accepting her sexual orientation throughout her moving memoir.
8. Randy Travis
In his 2019 memoir Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, Travis portrays a life filled with overcoming hardships and achieving great success in the music industry. He includes stories about his health journey and musical accomplishments to show how he had to heal and rebuild his life.
9. Craig Morgan
Morgan’s God, Family, Country: Soldier, Singer, Husband, Dad—There’s a Whole Lot More to Me is set to release on September 27th , 2022. Morgan will share many aspects of his life, including his musical background, his work in the army, and his religious values.
10. Walker Hayes
Inspired by his song “Craig,” Hayes’ book Glad You’re Here will be coming out later this year. The work will describe Hayes and Craig’s friendship, Hayes’ struggle with alcoholism, losing his daughter, and his religious journey.
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