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On April 18th, in celebration of Earth Day, Michael Franti will release his second children’s book “Where In The World Is Away?”- a story about the importance of recycling, reducing waste, and re-using what we can. With illustrations by Ben Hodson who collaborated with Franti on his debut children’s book, “What I Be”.
The self-published book will be available in hardcover with digital copies to follow. It comes with a humorous read along CD featuring Franti, his son Ade, friend Addison Savage, singer Jolene Rust, and Spearhead band mate J Bowman. Retail price for the hardcover physical copy is $19.95.
“I read to both of my sons every night of their childhood,” said Franti. “Reading is a precious time when we get to be close to our children and pass down stories, both real and make believe, that shape the way they view the world. I hope that this book inspires families and children to make recycling as much a part of their lives as brushing their teeth before bedtime…only more fun!” says Franti.
After visiting a garbage dump in Bali while filming the video for his song “Hey World” and seeing hills of garbage as far as the coastline, Franti was inspired to pen “Where In The World Is Away?”. The book’s message is a simple one; just because we throw away our trash and it’s taken off somewhere else doesn’t mean it really goes away. It’s up to us to recycle, reduce waste, and re-use what we can.
“Where In The World Is Away?” is Franti’s second children’s book and collaboration with award winning illustrator, Ben Hodson who beautifully captures the joy and curiosity of being a child in his illustrations. Franti and Hodson’s first book “What I Be” explores self-acceptance through embodying the best characteristics of nature and introduced readers to the characters Little Lee and Little Lou who are also featured in “Where In The World Is Away”. Through Franti’s writing and Hodson’s imagery, the story’s characters come to life delivering a meaningful message in a very entertaining way.
A musician, poet, social humanitarian, and activist, Michael Franti is recognized as a pioneering force in using music as a vehicle for social activism. 2010’s The Sound of Sunshine marked the highest Billboard Top 200 Album Chart debut of Franti’s career. His previous album, All Rebel Rockers hit the Top 40 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and yielded the certified double digital platinum smash “Say Hey (I Love You).” Franti, along with Michael Franti & Spearhead, has organized and contributed to numerous social justice initiatives through the years as well as becoming one of music’s most exciting live concert performers.