Pharrell Williams to Publish “Happy” Books

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Pharrell Williams is adding ‘author’ to his never ending list of job titles with a new deal with Putnam Books to write a series of picture books for kids based on his hit song “Happy.”

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

The publisher, which is an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, plans an initial release with 250,000 printed copies.

“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.”

“Happy” will be Williams’ first children’s book, and the deal calls for three additional books.

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