NEW YORK, February 1, 2017—Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s bestselling It Takes a Village will be published for the first time as an all-new, full-color picture book by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Releasing in fall 2017, it will be illustrated by Marla Frazee, a two-time Caldecott Honor winner and one of the most beloved illustrators of our time. The deal was made by Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jon Anderson, President and Publisher, Children’s Publishing Division. Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly, represented the author. Steven Malk at Writers House represented the illustrator. Paula Wiseman will be the editor.
The book will also be published by Simon & Schuster’s international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom
Over twenty years ago, the original It Takes a Village inspired the nation to think critically about how the choices made today, to raise our children and support families, will determine how we will face the challenges of the future. Now considered a classic, the book spent twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, was published in over 20 foreign markets, and earned wide critical and consumer acclaim. The picture book edition will bring this inspiring message to a new generation in a format that is perfect for story time and bedtime. As she did with the original book, Hillary Clinton will donate her net proceeds from the sale of the book to charity
“We are proud to release Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village in an edition that can be shared widely across the nation, by families, and in classrooms and libraries,” said Jon Anderson, President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. “The book will cast Secretary Clinton’s incredible timely and timeless message even further, brilliantly paired with Marla Frazee’s amazing art.”
Marla Frazee is an award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator. She was twice awarded a Caldecott Honor, one of the most prestigious illustration awards, for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. She is also the author-illustrator of many other critically acclaimed books, including The Farmer and the Clown and The Boss Baby, which has been turned into an animated feature film scheduled to be released by DreamWorks Animation on March 31, 2017. Marla is also the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Clementine series.
“I am deeply honored to help bring Hillary Clinton’s life’s work and devotion to public service, which has inspired me and millions of others, to children and those who love them,” said Marla Frazee.
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