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Lean on Me

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Bill Withers’s classic anthem to friendship lives on in this moving children’s picture book adaptation

Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before August 1, 2023.

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Forthcoming: 8/1/23

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Now available for preorder. All preorders will ship on or before August 1, 2023.

“Lean on me
When you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on . . .”

Lean on Me is an endearing children’s picture book that beautifully demonstrates the power of friendship, based on Bill Withers’s classic song of the same name. “Lean on Me” appeared on Withers’s 1972 album Still Bill. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and ranked #208 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.

With Withers’s lyrics and illustrations by Rachel Moss, this picture book follows four close friends through the stages of their childhood, from elementary school until their high school graduation. Withers’s  classic and loving refrain serenades them as they lean arm-in-arm into adulthood.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Published: 8/1/23
  • IBSN: 9781636141091
  • e-IBSN: 9781636141107


Bill Withers (1938–2020) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is known for such hit songs as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Just the Two of Us,” and more. He received numerous awards in his lifetime, including three Grammy Awards. Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. His lyrics are in the forthcoming children’s book Lean on Me.

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RACHEL MOSS is an illustrator in love with the bright colors and vibrant energy of the Caribbean. She was born in Jamaica and studied animation in England at the University for the Creative Arts. Moss now lives in Jamaica where she spends her days illustrating children’s books such as Respect with song lyrics by Otis Redding, These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ with song lyrics by Lee Hazlewood, African with song lyrics by Peter Tosh, I Am a Promise by Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce, Abigail’s Glorious Hair, and Milo & Myra Learn Manners with Mr. Mongoose. Her latest work is Lean on Me with song lyrics by Bill Withers.

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