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Respect: A Children’s Picture Book

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Otis Redding’s classic song “Respect”—as popularized by Aretha Franklin—becomes an empowering picture book exploring the concept of mutual respect through the eyes of a young girl.

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What people are saying…

“[Respect‘s] art, by Rachel Moss, a Jamaican illustrator fueled by the energy of the Caribbean, will make readers want to amp up the music and dance, which perhaps is exactly what all of us need right now.”
New York Times Book Review

Rolling Stone magazine named ‘Respect’ one of its top 5 songs of all time. And before Aretha Franklin’s rendition of ‘Respect’ became an anthem for women’s empowerment, there was Otis Redding. The legendary Macon musician originally released the song in 1965. Now, the Redding family is breathing new life into the song and turning those memorable lyrics into a picture book for children, called Respect.”
On Second Thought (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

“I feel like this book is one of the best things to come in of 2020. It’s pure joy, and delivers a message so profound and it’s so deeply needed now . . . Respect, a new book for young children, is based on one of the greatest songs of the 20th century. Otis Redding’s song lyrics are brought to the page through wonderful illustrations by Rachel Moss . . . These illustrations are as exuberant as the song lyrics.”
—Lois Reitzes on City Lights (WABE Atlanta, GA)

“The themes of empowerment and diversity are evident in [Moss’s] drawings, as well as the lyrics that pepper each page.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“These LyricPop picture books will have your kids singing, dancing, & learning.”

“The book explores themes of mutual respect while revisiting an impactful and positive hit song.”

Included in Publishers Weekly‘s Fall 2020 Children’s Announcements

“‘Respect,’ the song written by Otis Redding and made iconic by Aretha Franklin, gets its proper due as a picture book and a lesson all in one . . . All set to Otis Redding’s lyrics, with the freedom to dream of a world where everyone is equally respected and valued. Cute asides like family members, including the dog, chiming in with background ‘oohs’ and ‘re, re, re, res’ make this such fun to read and offer an open invitation for your littles to sing along—that’s the point!”
Mom Read It

“This picture book combines Otis Redding’s lyrics with Aretha Franklin’s vision of a strong woman deserving respect.”
Pragmatic Mom

“At the end of the book there are ten questions to talk through with your kids about the meaning of respect, these were one of my favorite things in the series so far because they prompted great discussions.”

“I love how Rachel Moss took this song and illustrated it with these amazing pictures of all of the possibilities kids have to look forward to.”
Christy’s Cozy Corners

Respect is, without shadow of a doubt, [a book] of pure exuberant joy, and delivers a message so profound and just so sweetly timed, for the times we are currently living.”
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Respect is the latest from LyricPop, a children’s picture book collection by LyricVerse and Akashic Books.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T / Find out what it means to me
R-E-S-P-E-C-T / Take care, TCB
Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
A little respect . . .

Respect is a children’s picture book based on lyrics written and originally recorded by Otis Redding in 1965. Aretha Franklin’s iconic rendition of the song later peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1967. Redding’s lyrics continue to resonate with listeners today.

With lyrics by Otis Redding and illustrations by Rachel Moss, this irresistible book shows a young girl, her brother, and her parents conjuring as many positive futures for each other as they can dream. Packed with playful vignettes as they imagine a life full of possibility, Respect provides families an opportunity to explore themes of mutual respect—while revisiting one of the greatest songs ever written.

The Otis Redding Foundation. Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for his community through the education and empowerment of its youth. He provided scholarships and summer music programs which continued until his untimely death on December 10, 1967. Today, the mission of the Otis Redding Foundation, established in 2007 by Mrs. Zelma Redding, is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing, and instrumentation. To learn more, visit:



Listen to an interview with illustrator Rachel Moss at the Otis Redding Foundation’s DREAMCast.

Listen to Rachel Moss discuss her favorite part of illustrating Respect at Picturebooking.

Read a guest post by illustrator Rachel Moss at BookRiot.

Watch interviews with Zelma Redding and Karla Redding-Andrews at WMAZ (CBS) and WMGT (NBC).

See a read-aloud of Respect at Storytime with Ryan and Craig

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Published: 10/6/20
  • IBSN: 9781617758447
  • e-IBSN: 9781617758997


OTIS REDDING (1941–1967) was a singer, songwriter, and producer often referred to as the King of Soul™. Known for releasing such acclaimed songs as “These Arms of Mine,” “Try a Little Tenderness™,” and “Respect,” Redding is considered to be one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the 1960s. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and received two GRAMMYs as well as a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award. To learn more, visit: otisredding.com.

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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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