Quvenzhane Wallis, the young actress for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” has a deal with Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers for a chapter book series and a picture book. Wallis will be the youngest African-American to have a book out in years.
Wallis’ book will follow a vibrant young girl as she gets ready, and arrives to, an award show with her mother. The chapter books are for readers ages 6 and up — will tell the story of an up-and-coming star named Shai Williams. Wallis will work with a co-author and illustrator for her books, however those details are still in the works.
“Reading is very important,” Wallis, whose other films include “Annie” and “12 Years a Slave,” said in a statement issued through her publisher. “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.” The book is scheduled to have three chapter books; the first is set for January 2017.
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