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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Hacket


Welcome Backstory readers to a special COVER REVEAL edition!!! While I am excited to host our very first cover reveal, I am even more excited that this reveal belongs to one of my very first critique partners, the incredible Jason Perkins. Jason's rockin' story ROCKSTARS DON'T NAP (HarperCollins, 23) is going to delight children and grownups alike and the addition of Cale Atkinson's illustrations took this book into the stratosphere!

And now, the moment you came here for!

Taking the main stage for the first time, Jason Perkins and Cale Atkinson's cover for ROCK STARS DON'T NAP!

With a cover like this fans will be rushing the stage to get their hands on it and fainting in bookstores.

And a concert wouldn't be complete without a little encore. So if you want to learn a bit more about ROCKSTARS DON'T NAP and its author, Jason Perkins, keep reading until the house lights come up.

Here's a little sneak peek from Jason about ROCK STARS DON'T NAP and how it came to be.

Jimmy was born to rock, but when showtime becomes naptime, his rock star life begins to spiral out of control. Now, he’ll need to give the performance of a lifetime, otherwise, his rocking days are over.

After my son was born, my wife and I decided that, once her maternity leave was over, I would take six months off from teaching in order to stay home with him. It was an amazing time, but naptime was always a struggle. So one day, after trying every trick in the book, I decided if we weren’t going to nap, we were going to rock. (At a very safe volume of course!) I set him down in his swing and opened up a new Metallica Record I had just bought. He was intrigued as I placed it on my turntable and dropped the needle. Less than a minute into Enter Sandman, I looked over and he was out cold.

“What a rock star,” I thought, and the idea took off from there. After countless revisions, I queried my future agent, Natascha Morris of the Tobias Literary Agency. I signed with her shortly after, and we took Rock Stars Don’t Nap on submission. Luana Horry, an executive editor at Harper Collins came back with an amazing offer a few months later. And now, thanks to the amazing work of Luana, Illustrator Cale Atkinson, Designer Erica DeChavez, and many more, I’m finally able to share it with the world.

ROCK STARS DON'T NAP goes on tour 11/14/23. Mark your calendars and be on the lookout for preorder information coming soon.


About Jason Perkins

Jason Perkins is a picture book author and special education teacher from Western Massachusetts, where he works in an intensive needs program for children with Autism. When not teaching, writing, or rocking out with his two rock star children, Jason enjoys reading, gaming, and collecting trading cards and comic books. He is represented by Natascha Morris of the Tobias Literary Agency. Visit him on social media @antiplayer or at his website,


About Cale Atkinson

Cale Atkinson is an author/illustrator/animator currently residing in Kelowna Canada. Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, animated shorts, television, and games.

Cale's always looking for new and exciting projects that challenge his skills and allow him to grow creatively.

Learn more about Cale at

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Jennifer Raudenbush
Jennifer Raudenbush
Feb 11, 2023

Can't wait to read it. Congratulations, Jason!


Amy Benoit
Amy Benoit
Feb 11, 2023

Wow!! So fun...can't wait to read this rockin' story.


Feb 11, 2023

Congratulations, Cale and Jason! Great cover reveal! 😊


Feb 11, 2023

This book will be my newest jam for sure! Congratulations! I loved reading about its journey.


Unknown member
Feb 10, 2023

Congrats, Cale and Jason! I love this premise.

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