Talented child actress Quvenzhané Wallis is making leaps and bounds in the publishing world by landing a four-book deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Wallis’ deal includes a chapter-book trilogy and a picture book to be released between January 2017 and Summer 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Golden Globe nominee’s picture book will be loosely based on her life. It follows Shai Williams, a spunky third-grader who attends an award show with her mother.
Wallis, 12, was the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her poignant work in the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Since then, Quvenzhané has starred in the remake of Annie, Twelve Years a Slave, and the animated film, Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
Wallis released a statement about her new project and hopes to encourage readers to tap into their imagination.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“Reading is very important,” Wallis said. “It allows people to form a visual experience in their minds of what is going on in the story. I hope all readers enjoy using their imaginations along with me and take a journey into my books.”
Dawn Davis, vp and publisher of 37 INK, a division of Atria added, “The characters Quvenzhane has portrayed have an alluring mix of self-possession and vulnerability. We look forward to her bringing that same electric combination to the page. We also hope these books will help expand the diverse array of voices in the children’s book space.”
Wallis is currently working on more films. Her next role will be alongside Russell Crowe and Aaron Paul in Fathers and Daughters. The movie is about a widowed Pulitzer-winning writer who struggles to find his voice after a mental breakdown.
Congrats to Wallis on spreading more Black Girl Magic!