Childhood friends write Nashville children's book - WKRN News 2

Childhood friends write Nashville children's book


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of childhood friends wrote a children's book with the help of local artists documenting landmarks in Music City.

Matt Parker and Vadis Turner currently live in New York, but were recently in Music City signing copies of their book, "Nashville Counts."

"They are selling like hotcakes," Turner said.

The book, which was released in November has sold out multiple times in local stores.

"The response has been fantastic. We've sold out three times," Parker added.

The pair currently work for a publisher in New York and began working on the book after their employer approached them and asked them to put together a non-profit children's book on Nashville's historic landmarks.

"We haven't lived in Nashville for 10 years, so we didn't know how to begin or who to give the proceeds to.  So when the flood occurred, that's when we knew we needed to act and act fast," Turner said.

The childhood friends started working on their book in May.

"We felt so far away from our home, but we still wanted to give back," Turner told News 2.

Local artists and a photographer donated their time and work to represent 20 landmarks in Music City, while other volunteers donated their time to make sure the children's book would hit the shelves on time for its Thanksgiving launch date.

All of the proceeds for "Nashville Counts" will benefit Hands on Nashville's flood relief efforts.

Click here for a complete list of locations the children's book is being sold.

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