Nashville, TN (July 27, 2021)
Every child, whether learning to walk or applying to college, longs for a parent’s love and the promise of security, no matter what may come in the future. Yet parents often find it difficult to fully articulate the extent of their unconditional love. Christian music singer/songwriter and mother of two JJ Heller gives language to everything a parent feels, hopes, and dreams for their child in her heartwarming read-aloud picture book Hand to Hold. Illustrated by Alyssa Petersen and based on the lyrics of Heller’s beloved lullaby “Hand to Hold,” this charming story is an opportunity for parents to bless their children and reassure them of their boundless love and God’s faithful presence.

Fans of Heller’s contemporary lullabies and other young families will love snuggling up together for this adorable bedtime read. As they close out their nighttime routines, little hearts will be anchored in the promise that their parents’ love will hold steady through every season of life. JJ Heller is known for crafting hopeful and contemplative songs of peace for the child inside all of us. Her songs and lullabies are heard by millions of listeners every month, and she’s donated over 100,000 copies of her album I Dream of You to hospitals and families of young children.

Hand to Hold
JJ Heller
Genres: Children’s
Release Date: July 20, 2021

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593193253
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593193259

Book Summary:
This heartwarming picture book reassures children that a parent’s love never lets go—based on the poignant lyrics of JJ Heller’s beloved lullaby “Hand to Hold.”

“May the living light inside you be the compass as you go /
May you always know you have my hand to hold.”

With delightful illustrations and an engaging rhyme scheme, this book offers the promise of security and love every child’s heart longs to know. From skipping stones and counting stars to climbing trees and telling stories, every moment is wrapped snugly in the certain warmth of a parent’s presence and God’s blessing. With poignancy and joy, this bedtime read captures the unconditional love parents want their children to know but so often fail to express amid the chaos of daily life.


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About The Author

JJ Heller writes thoughtful intimate songs that feel like balm for the soul. Her faith informs her songs in subtle ways that feel more like poetry and less like a sermon. Her soothing voice and inspiring melodies blend with poignant lyrics to stir the hearts of listeners of all ages. Heller and her husband, Dave, work creatively together co-writing songs, and touring the country. After 17 years making music full-time, Heller has ten full-length albums, a Christmas EP to her name. In 2017 JJ began regularly releasing NEW MONTHLY SINGLES on the first Friday of each month that so far have been streamed over 55 million times. Her podcast, INSTRUMENTAL, launched in May of 2020, and her newest album, I DREAM OF YOU (VOL. III) released on February 5, 2021.