Pharrell Williams Is Turning His ‘Happy’ Hit into a Children’s Book

02/17/2015 at 11:45 AM ET

Pharrell Williams Happy children's book
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Clap along if you feel like Pharrell Williams will be a great writer of children’s books.

The singer, songwriter, producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and Voice judge is adding author to his résumé, having inked a deal with Putnam Books to write a series of picture books for kids — beginning with one based on his global megahit, “Happy.”

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

The publisher, which is a division of Penguin Young Readers, plans a first printing of 250,000 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.”

“This is the beginning of an incredible partnership with one of America’s most talented and beloved stars,” added Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers. “Pharrell has an important and inspiring message about individuality and being your best self, and we’re proud to help him share that with young children.”

Pharrell won’t be the first musician to dabble in children’s books. Madonna, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Courtney Love are among the other pop and rock stars who’ve written original stories for kids.

— Tim Nudd

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erini on

How I wish I could place my sweet son’s photo in this book. Happy was his funeral song after he passed from SIDS in June 2014. It is the epitome of our Nathan, happy and filled with joy and love.

Sara K on

What a wonderful idea! I love that song. What a great message for kids.

GG on

Good for him to have so many good ideas!