Fall 2020 Kids Indie Next List
“Oh my bookness! This is the picture book we’ve been waiting for. Children need more stories that help them feel confident and that capture the everyday joys of childhood. I Promise is beautifully and thoughtfully illustrated to showcase the joys and simplicity of life — from reading in the library to jumping double-dutch, from swimming to having fun and adventures with friends. Its August release will be right on time as youngsters head back to school from summer break. The message I Promisesends will be a perfect beginning to a brand-new school year!”
— Kendra McNeil, We Are LIT Grand Rapids, Kentwood, MI
An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! An Instant Indie Bestseller!
*An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A B&N Best Book of the Year*
A great gift for tiny go-getters and big dreamers, including for back to school!
NBA champion and superstar LeBron James pens a slam-dunk picture book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates children everywhere to always #StriveForGreatness.
Just a kid from Akron, Ohio, who is dedicated to uplifting youth everywhere, LeBron James knows the key to a better future is to excel in school, do your best, and keep your family close.
I Promise is a lively and inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today.
Featuring James’s upbeat, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations perfectly crafted for a diverse audience by #1 New York Times bestselling and Geisel Honor winning artist Nina Mata, this book has the power to inspire all children and families to be their best.
Perfect for shared reading in and out of the classroom, I Promise is also a great gift for graduation, birthdays, and other occasions.
Plus check out the audiobook, read by LeBron James's mother and I Promise School supporter Gloria James!
About the Author
LeBron James is widely considered to be the best basketball player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time. James has won three NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, and four league MVP titles. In 2017, Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. James grew up in Akron, Ohio, where he continues to create generational change through his LeBron James Family Foundation that focuses its efforts on helping youth achieve a better future through education. In 2018, his foundation opened the I PROMISE School, designed to help underprivileged students and their entire families succeed in school and beyond.
Nina Mata is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has illustrated many books, including American gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s She’s Got This, NBA superstar LeBron James's I Promise, and the Ty’s Travels I Can Read series. Nina currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, their daughter, and Tabitha, their cat. Visit her online at www.beautifique.org.
"An inspiring look at what one celebrity is doing to better the world."
— School Library Journal
"The NBA star offers a poem that encourages curiosity, integrity, compassion, courage, and self-forgiveness. Sincere and wholehearted."
— Kirkus Reviews
"This is a message book your kids will love."
"Perfect for the classroom and at home, this timeless, important message is great for teaching life lessons, graduations, birthdays and many other occasions."
[T]his picture book delivers an uplifting message to children, emphasizing accountability and persistence....The illustrations infuse the book with heart, reflecting a contemporary neighborhood that effectively represents the racial makeup of many U.S. cities.
— Publishers Weekly