Lee Greenwood is taking the Amazon charts by leaps and bounds as a children’s book author following the release of his patriotic, fully-illustrated hardback, Proud To Be An American, over the Memorial Day weekend. Debuting at No. 1 on the “Movers and Shakers” chart and named one of Amazon’s top “Hot New Releases,” the book comes in as the No. 1 best-seller on both Amazon’s “Children’s Books On The U.S.” and “Children’s Multicultural Story Books” charts.

Greenwood penned the new book, Proud To Be An American, in the words of his iconic anthem, “God Bless The U.S.A.,” with the hope of instilling American patriotism in the hearts of our nation’s youth.

“After more than 30 years of singing ‘God Bless The U.S.A,’ I’ve watched my song be passed down to three generations,” Greenwood said while on a media tour this week in New York City. “Given the unrest in America today, and the U.S. having to defend its very existence with much of the world, I felt it was time to give the next generation something to hold and read, that tells in a very simple way why it’s good to be an American and why we should be proud of it.”

Along with the lyrics and a free download for a never-before-heard rerecord of “God Bless The U.S.A,” Proud To Be An American features colorful illustrations by Amanda Sekulow that paint the portrait of scenic farmland and cityscapes throughout the country, American soldiers, and even Arlington Cemetery.

“The illustrations in my book paint in a childlike way, a picture of this country in colorful snapshots that teach geography, pinpoints the cities that they soon will know and visit, and show on several pages the servicemen and women that we honor,” Greenwood added.

As a father, Greenwood recalls reading to his own children when they were very small — watching as they fervidly flipped through the pages and became captivated by all of the vivid photos and drawings.

“Reading to my own children when they were young was a way for my wife and I to hold them close and bond with them while teaching them all they needed to know about life,” said Greenwood. “It’s my sincere hope that this book will become an educational tool for all parents, grandparents, and even teachers at schools throughout the U.S. to help teach the lessons of patriotism at an early age.”