Canadian rapper K’naan children’s book author?

"Wavin' Flag" performer's autobiography will be geared toward little ones.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

It may seem like an unlikely match, but K'naan recently announced that his life story will be the subject of a new children's book.

Tundra Books, who will publish the title, says it will release "When I Get Older: The Story Behind 'Wavin' Flag'" in Canada and the U.S. in both hardcover as well as an ebook on September 25th.

"I think of empathy as a muscle in the soul, which develops through the nutrition we provide for it. The stories we hear as children can be that nutrition,” K’naan said in a press statement (as reported by The Canadian Press). “I wanted to write a children's story that reflects the new immigrant's sense of family and identity, which can sometimes be lost in translation. In this book, the main character is 'Wavin' Flag,' a song whose ownership has been long claimed by children all over the world."

K'naan, who has won three Juno Awards, is the father of two boys. In addition to being a musician he is also a songwriter, poet, and instrumentalist. The song "Wavin' Flag" was the official song of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 chosen by their main sponsor, Coca-Cola.

The new book will be 32 pages and printed in full-colour, and is geared toward kids who are between the ages of 7 and 10 (similar to his own children's ages).

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