Neha asked Alicia Keys:

What influence, if any, did music have on the writing of your book?

Alicia Keys Music had a ton of influence on this book because the book started as an app!

When we created the app, I wanted to tell a story that introduced children to different cultures and native instruments. An app is so great because you can infuse visuals, sound and words into that interactive experience. There is a cute little journal in the app and a piano where children can start learning about how to express themselves.

And the app is available! You should try it out ;-)

Music was really one of the main reasons we created The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee series. Whether the app or the book, Blue Moon, it’s a very musical, poetic experience. I love the interactivity of the app, but it’s also really cool to be able to hold onto the physical book with a child and see the magic in their eyes when reading!

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