Mary J Blige is a 9-time Grammy Award-winning singer. She has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022. Blige has released new music with her latest chart-topping album, “Good Morning Gorgeous.” She had a show-stopping performance at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The list for this incredible artist goes on and on. And now, she can add children’s author to her accolades as she has penned a new book to inspire youth.


Blige’s new book, “Mary Can!” is published by HarperCollins and illustrated Ashleigh Corrin. Per the description on the author’s website, you will unquestionably want to pre-order right now!

Most of the time, people say “no” or “you can’t” because they dream too small. Young Mary has been told that there are many things she can’t do. Like stay up past bedtime, or be an astronaut or become president. But what she really wants is to sing, and she isn’t about to let anyone tell her she can’t do it! A powerful motivating tale about a confident and ambitious girl who doesn’t feed into negativity, this debut children’s book from legendary artist Mary J. Blige proves that anyone can make their dreams come true by believing in themselves. It’s a great conversation starter for overcoming discouragement from others. Brought to life with imaginative illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning illustrator Ashleigh Corrin, Mary Can! is perfect for go-getters who aren’t afraid to be a YES in a world full of NOs.

The iconic singer, actress, and artist took to Instagram to share the news about her latest project. And of course, fans are elated for the star.

“I’m so excited to share some BIG NEWS with you!!! I wrote a book for kids and it is available for preorder TODAY! @harperkids. Mary Can! is an inspirational and motivating story about a young girl who proves that anyone can make their dreams come true if they just believe in themselves. It’s such a personal story for me, based off my own experiences as a child and even as an adult. I was so used to people telling me “no” and that I “couldn’t” which only motivated me more. My hope with this book is that it instills in kids from an early age that they can do anything they aspire to do. There are no limits to what they can accomplish!”

She continued the post, “Mary Can!, illustrated by award winning @ashleigh_corrin, is officially out on March 28th. Follow the link in my bio to preorder your copy today!”

Blige is just the latest celebrity to take pen to paper and author an inspirational children’s book. Tennis legend Naomi Osaka, Georgia politician Stacy Abrams, actress Kirby Howell-Baptiste, actor Taye Diggs, etc. have recently also added author to their resume’s.

Make sure to pre-order your copy of “Mary Can!”. Blige’s new book is officially out on March 28th.


Photo Credit(s)/Featured Image: Mary J Blige Instagram;

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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