(sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay: A Children’s Picture Book
by Otis Redding
Publication Date: Mar 02, 2021
List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 24 pages
Target Age Group: Early Reader
Imprint: Akashic Books
Publisher: Akashic Books
Parent Company: Akashic Books
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Otis Redding and Steve Cropper’s timeless ode to never-ending days is given fresh new life in this heartwarming picture book.
Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun
I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I’ll watch ’em roll away again, yeah
(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay is a charming picture book set to one of the King of Soul’s(TM) greatest hits. The song was one of the last Redding recorded, and ranked number four on Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 chart, going on to win two GRAMMYs and be certified triple-platinum.
With lyrics by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper and illustrations by Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor, this picture book imagines a lonesome cat fishing off a dock and hoping the fish will bite soon. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay is the perfect picture book for parents wanting to share a classic song with their children, allowing both to find joy in it along the way.
“What [Otis Redding’s] voice conveyed to listeners was an immediate, almost unparalleled connection; he could wring inconceivable intensity and complexity out of a minimal phrase and returned, most often, to the basic, raw power of love.”
—New York Times
The Otis Redding Foundation Redding was dedicated to improving the quality of life for his community through the education and empowerment of its youth. He provided scholarships and summer music programs which continued until his untimely death on December 10, 1967. Today, the mission of the Otis Redding Foundation, established in 2007 by Mrs. Zelma Redding, is to empower, enrich, and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing, and instrumentation. To learn more, visit: otisreddingfoundation.org.