LeBron James is getting ready to lead the Lakers through the NBA playoffs, but he’s also making news off the court as …a children’s book author. That’s right, James is continuing the outreach and work he’s done for America’s youth by promoting his message of positivity and hard work in a new book for kids called “I Promise.”
LeBron has been a great role model for kids on the court, but he’s also got a softer side, as we’ve seen him loving the sports dad life watching his own kids play. And more than that, he’s been a strong proponent of giving back and investing in his community, as evidenced through the creation of his I, Promise school in Akron, which is paying the college tuition for its graduating students.
LeBron’s kids’ book, which was illustrated by Nina Mata, is a picture book that focuses on the types of promises the students at his school make every day.
In a promo video, James said the school was inspired by the big dreams of kids in his hometown and around the world.
“At the start of every school year, and repeated each morning, all students make a set of promises to themselves, just like those in this book,” he said. “Setting goals, working hard and holding yourself accountable are the first steps to success.”
In the original press release announcing the upcoming book, James said books have the ability to inspire and bring people together, and he wanted to bring this story to parents reading with their kids. He’s also working on a novel aimed for older kids (middle-schoolers, basically).
“Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in,” he said.
It’s a cool move from the NBA great. He doesn’t have to do this. He is making plenty of money on the court, but he’s working to have a greater impact in his community and to be a positive role model for kids everywhere.
You can grab a copy right now for $14 on Amazon.