The first picture book set to John Lennon’s lyrics will be published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and Amnesty International.
Imagine is published on Thursday (21st September), the UN International Day of Peace, with illustrations from artist Jean Jullien. The book is published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, an imprint of The Quarto Group, with a foreword by Yoko Ono Lennon, in support of Amnesty International. It has been published in 15 languages and across more than 20 territories with royalties being donated to Amnesty International.
There will be various event to celebrate the publication in Liverpool, birthplace of The Beatles, with two primary schools singing Lennon's iconic 1971 hit at two of the city’s public pianos, in partship with Waterstones Liverpool and supported by the local Amnesty International.
A dedicated website, imaginepeacebook.com, has received peace messages from 26 countires as well as personal tributes from authors such as , Chris Riddell, Michael Morpurgo, and Malorie Blackman. Cressida Dowell and Ross Collins have also drawn personalised messages.
The book has inspired for the children’s poetry competition for National Poetry Day on 28th September, with 'Freedom' being the main theme this year, and runs until 1st December.
Imagine is now available in hardback priced £12.99.