The Hold Steady Announce New Children’s Book Stay Positive


The Hold Steady are releasing a children’s book: Stay Positive: A Children’s Picture Book is out October 1 via Akashic Books. See the book’s cover below.

Stay Positive features illustrations by David “El Dee” Espinosa. The 32-page book is based on the lyrics to the title song of the Hold Steady’s 2008 album, Stay Positive. According to a press release, the children’s book “follows the path of a humble armadillo who discovers along the way how music can pull together a disparate cast of characters.”

“‘Stay Positive’ has a line that says, ‘The kids at the shows will have kids of their own,’ and it’s true: Each year, more Hold Steady fans become parents or grandparents,” Craig Finn said in a statement. “So, I’m thrilled that we’re offering the children’s book version of ‘Stay Positive,’ which brings THS joy to the whole family.”

Read Pitchfork’s review of the Hold Steady’s latest studio album, March 2023’s The Price of Progress.

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The Hold Steady: Stay Positive: A Children’s Picture Book