Thursday, May 20, 2004

Joel writing children's books



Singer Billy Joel is writing two children's books, to be published by Scholastic.

The first, Goodnight My Angel, will be published in September. The picture book will be based on a song of the same name that came out in 1993, as Joel and model Christie Brinkley were divorcing. Joel wrote the song for their daughter, Alexa Ray, who was 7.

"Reassuring children that they are not alone or could be abandoned is very important for their well-being," Joel said Tuesday.

His second book, New York State of Mind, inspired by one of Joel's songs, is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2005.




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