Los Angeles, CA (February 12th, 2013) - Five-time Grammy winner, philanthropist, activist and reggae icon Ziggy Marley will now be able to add children's author to his list of credits as he's announced plans to release his first children's book titled “I Love You Too,” which is available now as an e-book via Nook.  On Thursday, March 7th, iTunes will digitally release the book and physical limited edition hard bound copies will be available on ZiggyMarley.com. Illustrated by Agnieszka Jatkowska, the book is based on the song of the same title from Ziggy's acclaimed 2009 Grammy Award-winning children's album “Family Time.

 

 

"This book is close to my heart because it was a spontaneous exchange between me and my then 3 year old daughter Judah,” Marley said of his new children's book.  “It expresses something so true; it should be repeated as often as possible."

 

On Thursday, March 7th, fans will have a chance to see Ziggy conduct a reading of “I Love You Too,” as well as give a live acoustic performance at the Grove's weekly Kids Club event in Los Angeles, followed by a signing of limited edition hard bound copies at the Grove's Barnes & Noble.  There will be a second Kids Club reading and acoustic performance followed by a limited edition book signing at The Americana at Brand's Barnes & Noble in Glendale, CA on Tuesday, March 12th. For more information, please visit thegrovela.com and americanaatbrand.com.

 

 Marley has been a long-time fixture in the children's entertainment arena.  In 2004, he played the role of Ernie, the mischievous jellyfish in the Dreamworks animated smash, “Shark Tale” and has made appearances on multiple family and children's shows including “Sesame Street,” “Dora the Explorer,” the 2009 “Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade” and “A Family Is a Family Is a Family: A Rosie O'Donnell Celebration” on HBO.  In 2009, Ziggy, along with his wife, children and mother Rita Marley joined President Barack Obama for the 131st annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration.  Marley is also an honorary member of the board of directors for Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides free musical instruments and free lessons to children in public schools throughout the United States.

 

ABOUT ZIGGY MARLEY

A five-time Grammy winner, philanthropist, singer, songwriter, producer and Reggae icon, Ziggy Marley has released fifteen albums to much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who's Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down." Ziggy's first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Reggae Album.

His third solo album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a 5th Grammy award for Best Children's Album.  In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed 4th studio album Wild And Free, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as his first ever comic book entitled MARIJUANAMAN. Recently Ziggy started Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hemp seed snacks.  The products are distributed throughout the US and are available in over 500 stores nationwide.  For more information, visit www.ziggymarley.com, www.ziggymarleyorganics.com  and www.marijuanamancomic.com.