Retired U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven is making his children’s book debut.
McRaven is adapting his popular advice book Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World for a younger audience, the Associated Press reports.
The retired admiral’s Make Your Bed With Skipper the Seal, illustrated by Howard McWilliam,will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers this fall.
“As Skipper the seal embarks on Navy SEAL training, he and his hardworking friends learn much more than how to pass a swimming test or how to dive off a ship,” reads a description of the book on Little, Brown’s website. “To be a great SEAL, you also have to take risks, deal with failure, and persevere through tough times—just as you do in life. (And always remember to make your bed!)”
“When my three children were young, I always took time to read to them,” McRaven told the AP. “I found that stories of adventure and overcoming challenges helped shape their character and inspired them to be their very best. I hope that Make Your Bed with Skipper the Seal is just such a book!”
McRaven is best known for leading Operation Neptune Spear, which killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. He retired from the Navy in 2014, and went on to serve as the chancellor of the University of Texas system.
Make Your Bed With Skipper the Seal is slated for publication on Oct. 12.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and regular contributor to NPR.