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My Voice Is a Trumpet

My Voice Is a Trumpet

Illustrated by Cathy Ann Johnson


My Voice Is a Trumpet

About the Book

*"The rhythm and flow of words perfectly match the art while advising readers to choose love and use their voices in a powerful song." --School Library Journal (starred review)
From rising country star Jimmie Allen comes a lyrical celebration of the many types of voices that can effect change.

From voices tall as a tree, to voices small as a bee, all it takes is confidence and a belief in the goodness of others to change the world. Coming at a time when issues of social justice are at the forefront of our society, this is the perfect book to teach children in and out of the classroom that they're not too young to express what they believe in and that all voices are valuable.
The perfect companion for little readers going back to school!

Product Details

On sale: July 13, 2021
Age: 3-7 years
Grade: Preschool - 2
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780593352182
Reading level: Lexile: AD670L | Fountas/Pinnell: L

Author Bio

Jimmie Allen is a platinum-selling American country music singer-songwriter who made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive number one hits on country radio from his 2018 debut album Mercury Lane. Allen won New Male Artist of The Year at the 2021 ACM Awards. Jimmie's music features a cutting-edge mix of country, rock, R&B, and pop that draws upon the influence of his family and small-town upbringing. His latest release, Bettie James, is a star-studded collaboration EP named in honor of his late grandmother and late father. Allen lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his fiancée and two children. My Voice Is a Trumpet is his first book. For more information, visit www.jimmieallenmusic.com.

Cathy Ann Johnson received her BFA from Columbus College of Arts and Design. She spent several years at Hallmark Greeting Cards, where she received a position in Hallmark's Center of Excellence. Her work has appeared in children's books, magazines, posters, home décor, gifts, and more. She currently works from Downtown Decatur, Georgia, as well as a satellite studio in Rome, Italy. In her spare time, Cathy Ann, her husband, and their cute doggie enjoy roaming Rome, chasing castles in medieval towns, and appreciating history and the arts.


"The text urges children to speak up—show strength—yet also encourages loving, comforting others, and reminding all “we’re Sisters and Brothers” who have faces of diverse races and ethnicities. VERDICT A suggested first choice for libraries, the rhythm and flow of words perfectly match the art while advising readers to choose love and use their voices in a powerful song." --School Library Journal (starred review)

"Johnson supplements the lyrical text with soft-hued, gently textured art, featuring a cast inclusive across ability, age, hair texture, skin color, and religion that occasionally mirrors the text and occasionally diverges. This short, optimistic picture book urges children to steward their voices well." --Publishers Weekly