Pharrell’s Happy Books For Kids Coming Soon

February 18, 2015  |  

The universally-loved (and often-times loathed) song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is getting new life in book form.

The singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and Voice judge is adding author to his résumé, having inked a deal with Putnam Books to write a series of picture books for kids — beginning with one based on his global megahit, “Happy.”

“I’m humbled by the global success of ‘Happy,’ but especially in awe of the song’s young fans,” Williams said in a statement. “My collaboration with Penguin allows me to continue a dialogue with these children in a fresh, new way. We’re both committed to feeding the curiosity of young minds with imagination.”

The first book, also called Happy, will be published Sept. 22 and feature photographs of children from around the world “celebrating what it means to be happy,” Putnam said Tuesday.

“This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” added Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self, and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.”

The publisher, which is a division of Penguin Young Readers, plans a first printing of 250,000 copies.

We’re sure it’ll be a runaway success.

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