Bob Dylan Song Becomes Children's Book

Posted on September 15, 2008

Bob Dylan's first book for kids Forever Young will debut on September 23, 2008. It is based on his hit song of the same name. The popular and inspirational song includes the lyrics, "May you always do for others, and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars, and climb on every rung."

The Guardian says the book offers inspiration for children.

It was never Bob's most subtle work, but despite its greeting-card tone there's still something striking in it. Mostly, it's inspirational. And if there's one group that needs inspiration, it's children.

Then again, they're also the ones most keen to become adults already. Most five-year-olds we know would think it a punishment, not a blessing, to "stay forever young". But then most five-year-olds we know aren't Dylan fans, either.

Bob Dylan's song "Forever Young" first appeared on the 1974 album Planet Waves. The song has been re-imagined by illustrator Paul Rogers in the book and the animated video below.

The book is available for purchase on

The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

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