Nashville TN (October 17, 2022)
Sidewalk Prophets co-founders Dave Frey and Ben McDonald are proud to announce their new children’s book, The Luckiest Star, penned alongside Elizabeth Cardella Hayes. Illustrated by David Leonard, who illustrated the band’s album cover for Merry Christmas To You (Great Big Family Edition), with a forward by Paul William Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Shack, the book tells a new Christmas story families will be excited to hear for years to come.
“The Luckiest Star was such a dream to create,” shares Frey. “Since we wrote our song ‘Hey Moon,’ I had always hoped to write an accompanying book that I could someday read to my child. Since I became a dad a couple years ago, it was finally time. I hope that it will bless your family this Christmas and all year long, as we all discover what it means to be known, loved, and made for an important purpose.”
The Luckiest Star, a true labor of love which took four years to create, edit, and execute, tells the story of Hemmy, the smallest, silliest little star in the galaxy. With his best friend, the moon, lighting his path, Hemmy sets out on a quest to find the place in the galaxy he truly belongs. A sudden encounter with the Maker at Christmastime helps Hemmy realize he was made to shine, and he soon learns his light was destined to illuminate the greatest gift the world has ever known.
McDonald adds, “This has been such a special project to collaborate on. Dave and I have been writing songs together for years, but it was really special to work creatively together in a different format. We’re so blessed to work with talented creatives like our co-author Elizabeth Cardella Hayes and our illustrator David Leonard. Every single person on the team pushed this story to new heights, and we can’t wait to share this special labor of love with the world.”