Exclusive: Bobby Bones Shares Details About New Children’s Book Inspired By His Dog, Stanley

Bobby Bones is bringing his beloved English Bulldog Stanley to life in a new children’s book. The multi-media personality just…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 20, 2020


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Bobby Bones is bringing his beloved English Bulldog Stanley to life in a new children’s book.

The multi-media personality just announced plans to release Stanley the Dog and His First Day of School via HarperCollins

Bones, who is already a two-time New York Times No.1 bestselling author, recently shared a few details about the forthcoming project exclusively with Country Now, revealing that the idea to release a children’s book initially came to him in 2016 around the time he and his comedy band, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, released a children’s album.

At first, Bones said “no one wanted it,” however after his books Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book (2017) and Fail Until You Don’t: Fight Grind Repeat (2018) became best-sellers, the tables quickly turned.

“They’re all like, ‘no one wants to buy a kid’s book.’ This is five or six years ago. You’re not famous. You need to be famous and on and on and on,” he recalls. “I wrote my first two books which, ironically, did extremely well and now I’m doing a kid’s book.”

The Bobby Bones Show host and American Idol mentor admits that a children’s book may not be what fans are expecting from him, but like everything Bones does, the book will include his personal touch and convey a message of positivity.

“It’s about Stanley, my dog, and how you don’t have to look like everybody else to find what you’re wonderful at and what is wonderful about you,” Bones explains. “He goes to school and he looks a little awkward and he’s a big fat bulldog.”

Bones is working with illustrator Stephanie Laberis, to bring Stanley to the pages of the book and says they’re “almost done with the drawings.”

Stanley the Dog and His First Day of School is expected to arrive in the summer of 2022.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.