An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller!
An Instant Indie Bestseller! An Amazon Best Book of the Month!
A perfect BACK-TO-SCHOOL tool for students and teachers who need an encouraging boost to start the year!
NBA champion and superstar LeBron James pens a slam-dunk picture book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates children everywhere to always #StriveForGreatness.
Just a kid from Akron, Ohio, who is dedicated to uplifting youth everywhere, LeBron James knows the key to a better future is to excel in school, do your best, and keep your family close.
I Promise is a lively and inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today.
Featuring James’s upbeat, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations perfectly crafted for a diverse audience by New York Times bestselling artist Nina Mata, this book has the power to inspire all children and families to be their best.
Perfect for shared reading in and out of the classroom, I Promise is also a great gift for graduation, birthdays, and other occasions.
Plus check out the audiobook, read by LeBron James's mother and I Promise School supporter Gloria James!
From School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-I Promise School is a public elementary school in Akron that is supported by the LeBron James Family Foundation. In this debut picture book, readers learn of the vows of these young students to improve their lives and achieve their goals. With rhyming text, the narrative follows a group of students of varied races throughout their day: "I promise to be open and try new things and enjoy the happy that change can bring." In this school, children help one another when they fall down on the playground, support studying hard, and stand up for what is right. Of course, there are a few basketball idioms thrown in for good measure such as; "I promise to run full court," and "I promise to throw the alley-oop and uplift others on the spot." The conclusion of the book has a note from James and a set of promises for readers. Colorful, digital illustrations are cheerful and complement the text nicely. VERDICT An optional purchase, this is nevertheless an inspiring look at what one celebrity is doing to better the world.-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph P.L., MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"An inspiring look at what one celebrity is doing to better the world." (School Library Journal)
"The NBA star offers a poem that encourages curiosity, integrity, compassion, courage, and self-forgiveness. Sincere and wholehearted." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"This is a message book your kids will love." (NPR.org)
"Perfect for the classroom and at home, this timeless, important message is great for teaching life lessons, graduations, birthdays and many other occasions." (barnesandnoble.com)
[T]his picture book delivers an uplifting message to children, emphasizing accountability and persistence....The illustrations infuse the book with heart, reflecting a contemporary neighborhood that effectively represents the racial makeup of many U.S. cities. ( Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
LeBron James is widely considered to be the best basketball player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time. James has won three NBA championships, two Olympic gold medals, and four league MVP titles. In 2017, Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. James grew up in Akron, Ohio, where he continues to create generational change through his LeBron James Family Foundation that focuses its efforts on helping youth achieve a better future through education. In 2018, his foundation opened the I PROMISE School, designed to help underprivileged students and their entire families succeed in school and beyond.
Nina Mata is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and received her degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has illustrated many books, including American gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s She’s Got This, NBA superstar LeBron James's I Promise, and the Ty’s Travels I Can Read series. Nina currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, their daughter, and Tabitha, their cat. Visit her online at www.beautifique.org.
Features & details
|Grade Level||Preschool - 3|
|Item Weight||15.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||10 x 0.35 x 10 inches|
|Reading level||4 - 8 years|
|Customer Reviews||4.9 out of 5 stars 892Reviews|
|Publisher||HarperCollins; Illustrated Edition (August 11, 2020)|