Cedella Marley Announces Her Third Picture Book, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, Based on her Father’s Iconic Song to be Published by Chronicle Books


Available for pre-order now

On sale: 10 September 2019

Today, Cedella Marley, the eldest child of Bob Marley, announced her third picture book, Get Up, Stand Up, in partnership with Chronicle Books. The book, based on the empowering anthem by Bob Marley, is slated for release on September 10, 2019. This inspiring adaptation of one of Bob Marley’s most loved songs, encourages a new generation to take heart from his joyful call to action and shows that the way to counter injustice is to lift others up with kindness and courage.

“Standing up for yourself, standing up for others, and standing up for what is right are three very important values my parents instilled in my siblings and me when we were growing up in Jamaica,” Cedella says. “And, as a mom of three sons, I felt it was important to pass this message of strength, compassion, and equality on to them.”

Get Up, Stand Up follows a young girl and her friends throughout the school day where they encounter several challenging situations. By taking Marley’s message and words to heart – “Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight” – the children are able to work through their conflicts. Adapted by Cedella Marley and exuberantly illustrated by John Jay Cabuay, Get Up, Stand Up is a vibrant and encouraging testament to the power we all have to make a difference and stand up for what is right.

“Adapting this song into a book for children was an emotional decision for me,” Cedella says. “It is a song that became an anthem for all those who struggle, a song that became a call for change with a message that continues to inspire everyone who hears it. With this book, I hope we’ve succeeded in bringing this message to readers in a different form, and that it also inspires them to do the right thing, no matter how hard that might sometimes be.”

  • Read a letter about the book from Cedella Marley here
  • Download the poster here

About the book

Get Up, Stand Up
Based on the song by Bob Marley
Adapted by Cedella Marley
Illustrated by John Jay Cabuay
ISBN: 9781452171722
£10.99, Ages 3-5
Chronicle Books
On-Sale: 10 September 2019

Bob Marley’s inspiring anthem is now an empowering picture book for young readers everywhere.

About the creators

Cedella Marley’s life has always been rooted in music and culture. As the eldest child of Bob Marley, she has dedicated herself to keeping her father’s message and memory alive. She is a musician as well, performing internationally with the three-time Grammy Award-winning Melody Makers, which consist of her brothers Ziggy and Steve and her sister Sharon. She lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and three sons. Cedella is the author of several picture books, including adaptations of her father’s songs, One Love and Three Little Birds.

John Jay Cabuay’s passion for drawing came at an early age through his love of comics and anime. He received his MFA in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and his illustrations have graced the covers of newspapers, magazines, and books worldwide. He currently lives in New York City.

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He remains the most widely known performer of reggae music. In 1994, Marley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.