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Humble and Kind: A Children’s Picture Book

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Award-winning songwriter Lori McKenna’s iconic song—as popularized by Tim McGraw—is the perfect basis for a picture book that celebrates family and togetherness.

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One of Kirkus Reviews‘ 50 Most Anticipated Books of 2021

“All of these entertaining books introduce children to the energy and power of a story well told and its ability to capture the imagination, helping us see ourselves more clearly as we are and as we aspire to be.”
No Depression, Henry Carrigan’s “The Reading Room”

“In 2016, Tim McGraw had a hit with country music artist Lori McKenna’s lyrical message to her children about the values and practices that count in life. Now Humble and Kind comes to picture-book readers with illustrations by Katherine Blackmore as part of the publisher’s LyricPop series. In its pages, an interracial family with a Black father and a White mother enjoys bucolic summer days, building a treehouse when it’s sunny, making a blanket fort when it rains, and always loving one another.”
Kirkus Reviews, One of 10 Picture Books to Look For in 2021

“Children will feel reassured by the sentiments within this expressive extension of the music, and a sweet daydream of a picture book. ”
School Library Journal

“A harmonious outing.”
Kirkus Reviews

Included in Publishers Weekly‘s Spring 2021 Children’s Sneak Previews

Included in Publishers Weekly‘s Spring 2021 Children’s Announcements!


Humble and Kind is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

Hold the door, say please, say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind . . .

Humble and Kind is a picture book based on Lori McKenna’s song, popularized by Tim McGraw. McKenna later recorded the song on her ninth studio album, The Bird and the Rifle.

Lovingly illustrated by Katherine Blackmore, this gentle picture book tells the story of a family who is striving to remain humble and kind. We follow the family through their daily lives as they find different ways to lend a hand to each other and to their broader community. Full of touching scenes of familial relationships, Humble and Kind will teach adults and children alike the power of family while introducing them to this beautiful song.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Published: 3/2/21
  • IBSN: 9781617758522
  • e-IBSN: 9781617759024


Home and the people who make it have captivated LORI McKENNA for years. Over the last three decades, as she became a wife and mother of five, she has also emerged as one of the most respected, prolific singer-songwriters in popular music. Her 2016 release The Bird and the Rifle netted three GRAMMY nominations, along with Americana Music Association nods—all firsts for McKenna as an artist. Then, she made history: In 2016, she became the first woman ever to win the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year two years in a row thanks to cowriting Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” and penning the number one hit song “Humble and Kind.” Both songs also clinched back-to-back GRAMMY awards for Best Country Song. In 2017, she became the Academy of Country Music’s first female Songwriter of the Year. The Tree, her much-anticipated eleventh studio album, was released on July 20, 2018, on CN Records via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Dave Cobb, The Tree, a 2019 Americana Awards Album of the Year nominee, takes one of McKenna’s signature themes—family—and builds a tapestry of experiences she has lived and overheard, been told and dreamed up, to create a stunning ode to life’s defining relationships.

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KATHERINE BLACKMORE is an artist who grew up in a loving family of makers. Her professional career spans over twenty-five years of illustrating, animating, and teaching. Blackmore’s work has been featured in products for American Greetings, animated films for Disney, and several children’s picture books. She currently teaches kids in the Creative Core Art Program, which she founded. One of eleven children, her experience inspires her artwork as she seeks to convey the sublime moments of her joyful childhood. She lives in Orlando with her husband, Eric, and enjoys being “Auntie Kathy” to sixty nieces and nephews. Humble and Kind is her latest children’s book.

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