Timbaland is bringing his music talents to children’s books.
EW can exclusively announce that the award-winning music producer will publish his first children’s book, Nighttime Symphony, later this year, in collaboration with illustrator Christopher Myers. The book is described as a melodious bedtime story which uses nighttime city sounds to create a lively lullaby.
“Music is in everything,” Timbaland said in a statement. “We can experience the rhythms of life by just stepping outside and exploring our cities. Some people hear noise, but for me, the world is a catalog of sound. I want children to understand that the best way to be inspired is by closing their eyes and listening to the world around them.”
Nighttime Symphony tells the story of a little boy whose father is getting him ready for bed. The sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack in this picture book — a celebration of creativity, imagination, and the magic of music. Kaa Illustration also collaborated on the artwork.
“I wanted the artwork to portray the father as nurturing and caring,” Timbaland says. “It’s important to remember that both parents play a major role in the development of a child’s creativity.”
“As a person who makes books for young people, it’s rare that you get an opportunity to do a collaboration with a music icon like Timbaland,” added Myers. “I can’t wait for our ‘album’ to drop this summer.”
Nighttime Symphony publishes on May 14 and is available for pre-order. Below, you can see the book’s official cover as well as an excerpt, exclusive to EW.
Excerpt from Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland