Stacey Abrams Picture Book on Perseverance and Bravery to be released in December
Politician, organizer and author Stacey Abrams wrote her first picture book, Stacey’s extraordinary words, which will be published on December 28, 2021 by Balzer + Bray, a brand of HarperCollins Children’s Books. The book is based on Abrams’ childhood experience competing in elementary school spelling bees against the class bully, named Jake.
In a statement, Abrams said, “Words have always been important to me. I loved participating in spelling contests when I was a young girl. With this book, I want to inspire children to speak up for themselves and for others, and to keep trying if they don’t get it right the first time. The story follows part of what she experienced. “Like Jake, some kids lashed out at me and others who were different. Over the years, I have learned to use my words to do good, even when I am most afraid.
The book, aimed at children ages four to eight, kindergarten to grade three, according to the Amazon listing, will be illustrated by American artist and illustrator Lucian Kitt Thomas, who is also making his picture book debut. Thomas is also the illustrator of the mid-level 2022 novel. Just Jillian by Nicole D. Collier, and has worked with companies such as Netflix, Hasbro, and Cartoon Network.
In a statement, Alessandra Balzer, vice president and co-editor of Balzer + Bray, said: “Stacey Abrams is a tireless advocate for fairness and equality. She is the ultimate model. It is a huge honor to publish her first picture book, the story of a little girl who learns to persevere in the face of adversity. I can’t think of a more important message for children.
Abrams, the founder of Fair Fight, has also written several non-fiction and fiction titles, including New York Times bestsellers Our time is now: power, purpose and struggle for a just America, leading from the outside: how to build your future and bring about real change and, more recently, thriller While justice sleeps, as well as eight romance novels under the name Selena Montgomery. One of them, Never say, is in development with CBS, and three, Rules of engagement, The art of desire, and Power of persuasion, will be reissued by Berkley in 2022 under the name Abrams.
While Abrams is best known for her work in politics, writing has been a constant for her since her teenage years; her first romance novel was written while studying law. She told NPR in May: “I love writing. I learned to write almost as soon as I learned to read. I went through a teenage phase where I wrote Christian rock and country music. Turns out these aren’t genres for me, but I see it both as a passion, but it’s also a calling.
Children’s books for politicians and politicians are not uncommon. Vice President Kamala Harris Writes Picture Book Superheroes are everywhere, illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wrote It takes a village, illustrated by Marla Frazee, as well as co-author Grandmother’s gardens with daughter Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Carme Lemniscates. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the author of several children’s books, including You just have to ask ! : be different, be brave, be yourself, illustrated by Rafael López.