Fida Finds: Bob Marley Songs To Read

Popular songs can be turned into wonderful children’s books!

Cedella Marley, daughter of the famous Jamaican singer and song writer Bob Marley, is a mother, musician and designer herself.  Now, she is also producing books inspired by some of her dad’s best loved songs.

Grown-ups, get ready to sing!  You can now pass on Bob Marley’s message of peace, love and harmony to a new generation.

Every-Little-Thing by Cedella Marley

Released just this year, Every Little Thing is based on the words of the well-known song Three Little Birds. The joyful illustrations are by Vanessa Brantley-Newton.

Cedella Marley has added new verses to tell the story of  a little boy from a loving family who goes everywhere in the company of three birds (and a cat!).  Whether playing soccer, making a mess in the kitchen, or in bed at the end of a busy day, they are there to cheer him up:

Interior page of Every-Little-Thing

The idea to connect her father’s lyrics to children came to Marley last year, when she was performing another famous song, One Love.

Also illustrated by Brantley-Newton,  One Love is a cheerful and upbeat story with a message about the importance of working together for the common good.

One Love by Cedella Marley front cover

A girl called Little C gets everyone in her neighborhood to help clean up One Love Park.

One Love by Cedella Marley, interior page

With the rich legacy of Bob Marley’s music to draw on, we can expect many more “songs to read” from Cedella Marley and her gifted collaborators.

singer and writer Cedella Marley

Cedella Marley. Photo via The Gleaner

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