Actor, musician, filmmaker and activist Idris Elba has signed a global multi-book deal with HarperCollins to publish a range of children's books launching in 2022.
"Idris Elba is one of the most iconic and multi-talented creatives of his generation, and I am delighted that he is joining the HarperCollins Children's Books list,” says Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books U.K. “From the outset, Idris had a very clear vision of the characters and stories he has imagined and is passionate about creating books that will appeal to all children. [Idris’s writing partner] Robyn Charteris has a fantastic track record in writing for children, working with some of the biggest producers of children's entertainment, and I am hugely excited to also welcome her to the world of children's books. I feel privileged that Idris has entrusted us to bring his stories to life and I cannot wait to share them with children across the globe."
In a major U.K./U.S. co-publication deal, world rights were acquired by Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books U.K., and Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books U.S., from Crystal Mahey-Morgan at OWN IT! Entertainment.
"Idris Elba is a creative force, who has many wonderful stories to tell,” says Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher, HarperCollins Children’s Books U.S. “We are honored to be working with him and with Robyn Charteris to bring Idris's rich and imaginative storytelling to the world of children's books, and we are thrilled to welcome them to the HarperCollins family."
Publishing will include picture books and fiction featuring a character and world imagined and developed by Idris and his writing partner Robyn Charteris, who has written numerous live-action drama, preschool and animation programs for BBC, Channel 4, the Jim Henson Company and Endemol, as well as educational theater for schools.
"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring stories inspired by my daughter to life with my incredible partner Robyn Charteris and the powerhouse team at HarperCollins,” says Elba.