Over the past several weeks, Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson has been touring bookstores to sign and promote her first children's picture book inspired by her first born River Rose. "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby" was released on Oct. 4, 2016 along with a lullaby and special packages that include a stuffed doll and a dog which was drawn up from her late dog Joplin. The book debuted at No. 7 on The New York Times best-sellers list.
"River Rose and the Magical Lullaby" has cast a whimsical spell upon parents (and fans) becoming a favorite already as the story glides along River's dreams while the balloons carry her away from place to place. The story was derived from Clarkson's travels during the Piece by Piece Tour promoting the album of the same name. She took baby River across the world and wanted her to have a memoire of places she visited such as the zoo, the theme of the first book. Clarkson wrote short stories to go along with each place and it soon became a book. Though it was a challenge for the songwriter to translate them into a book, she had help along the way creating an enchanting story for young ones.
The book is now spending its second week in the top 10 on The New York Times best-sellers list under the Children's Picture Books category. The book only dips one position to No. 8 on the list on the Oct. 21 update. Clarkson took to her social media to post a photo of her book in stores beside Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors." Ironically, the book "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin at No. 7 also features a child floating away hanging onto balloons though both books have two different illustrators. Martin's book however has been on the chart for 52 weeks.
Next up on Clarkson's schedule is speaking at the S.H.E. Summit in New York City as the Citizen Watch Brand Ambassador to discuss motherhood, her career and how she manages her time.