Country music singer, Jimmie Allen is sharing an important message with children about the power of using their voices in his new children's book, My Voice Is A Trumpet.
The book, written by Allen and illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson, encourages young readers to speak up for what they believe in. Allen hopes to teach his own children, son Aadyn, 6, and daughter Naomi, 6 months, the same lesson.
"I think back on all the great people in my life, from my parents to my teachers, and the wonderful influence they had on me," Allen told People. "I wanted to write a book that would help my kids and other children when they read it."
"I've learned that writing a book and songwriting have a lot in common," he continued, adding, "I's all about the honesty and connection with the audience. I wrote about what I would want to read as a kid, and things I learned that helped me."
The new book features a cast of diverse characters who find the confidence to speak up about what matters to them.
"It's very important to me that kids learn at a young age that they have a voice, and that it is powerful. It is up to us as adults to teach them to use their voice to encourage and show love," Allen said. "Being a father of two kids, I try to encourage them to be themselves and love everyone around them. I'm hoping this book inspires at least one child and they always remember their voice is a trumpet."
My Voice Is a Trumpet will be released via Flamingo Books on July 13.
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