Because kids always like to be “reassured” in a divorce “that they … could be abandoned”

Billy Joel joins the celebrity children’s book roster:

The first book, “Goodnight My Angel,” will be published in September. The picture book will be based on a song of the same name that came out in 1993, as Joel and supermodel Christie Brinkley were divorcing. Joel wrote the song for their daughter, Alexa Ray, who was 7 years old.

“Reassuring children that they are not alone or could be abandoned is very important for their well-being,” Joel said in a statement Tuesday.

His second book, “New York State of Mind,” inspired by one of Joel’s songs, is tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2005.

(Thanks(?) to Emma for the link.)