The lyrics of country singer Jewel's "That's What I'd Do," which she wrote while pregnant with her son, Kase, inspired her first children's picture book, which hit shelves yesterday (Simon & Schuster, $19.99). The lullaby is included on a CD with the book.
"I really wanted to share my love of music and words with my son," Jewel says. "I wanted to teach him rhyming and using strong metaphors. The reason I wrote a fantastical way of saying 'I love you' is to really stimulate his imagination."
Kase is now 13 months old and lives with Jewel and his dad in Texas; he won't be joining Mom at the signing. Jewel says she hopes other parents will read her book to their children at bedtime, creating a nighttime ritual.
Jewel's country and children's albums have sold millions of copies around the world; she is a four-time Grammy nominee. Her children's album, released earlier this year, is called "The Merry Goes Round." She's also author of the poetry book "A Night Without Armor" and the autobiographical "Chasing Down the Dawn."
&A with singer-songwriter Jewel and signing of her new picture book and CD, "That's What I'd Do"