Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, debuts her first children’s book, titled The Bench, about the special bond between a father and son, which is a perfect and touching gift for Father’s Day. Inspired by her own husband and son, the Duchess of Sussex’s debut touchingly captures the evolving and expanding relationship between fathers and sons and reminds us of the many ways that love can take shape and be expressed in a modern family.
“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born.”
– Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” says Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.“ That poem became this story. Christian [the Caldicott Award winning illustrator] layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sonsfrom all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens. My hope is that The Bench resonates with every family, no matter the makeup, as much as it does with mine.”
The Bench is illustrated by Caldecott-winning and bestselling Black artist, Christian Robinson and is published by Random House Children’s Books (RHCB) in the US, as announced by Barbara Marcus, President & Publisher, RHCB. He is also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator honoree. The title will be published simultaneously by Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada; and Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s UK, in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.
The book is available on Amazon for $13.16.
Evoking a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion, The Bench gives readers a window into shared and enduring moments between a diverse group of fathers and sons—moments of peace and reflection, trust and belief, discovery and learning, and lasting comfort.
Meghan and Harry announced the birth of their baby girl, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, just this week. Perhaps the next book will be about the mother and daughter? Congratulations and continued success to the couple and to the Dutchess for penning her first children’s book. Will you pick up a copy? Comment below.
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