Keith Richards to Pen Book for Kids

The Rolling Stones legend's picture book will share the story of how his grandfather, a jazz musician, introduced him to music.

“Who wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to meet Keith Richards as a young boy?” That’s the question Little Brown publisher Megan Tinley posed when announcing the first children’s book from the Rolling Stones legend.

The guitarist and author of the best-selling memoir Life is writing the picture book Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar for young children, which will be published in September. The book tells the story of Richards’ relationship with his grandfather Gus, a jazz musician who introduced him to music. Little Brown says it “offers a rare and intimate” look into his childhood. Illustrations are provided by his daughter Theodora Richards (named for the grandfather), who drew pen-and-ink collages for it.

Tinley says, “Gus & Me invites readers to be in the room at the electrifying moment that Keith holds a guitar in his hands for the first time. We are excited to be bringing this vivid and moving story to children and families, and proud to be publishing the debut of talented artist Theodora.”

Richards, who recently became a grandfather for the fifth time, added, “The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured. This is a story of one of those magical moments. May I be as great a grandfather as Gus was to me.”

The hardcover edition will feature an exclusive audio CD of bonus content.

Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro are co-writing the book. The Richards were represented by his manager Jane Rose and literary agent Ed Victor.