Actress Julianne Moore is extending her reach as an author thanks to a five-book deal with Random House Children’s Books based her Freckleface Strawberry character.
Freckleface Strawberry’s book program at Random House will be anchored in the company’s Step into Reading series, designed for new and emerging readers beginning to read on their own. This marks the first time Moore’s character will be available in this format. The first two books will be released in summer 2015.
Random House will also publish a Freckleface Strawberry picture book in summer 2016.
Moore has previously written three books featuring Freckleface Strawberry, who is based on Moore as a child. The name itself was the nickname she was given when living in Nebraska. The character also now stars in a musical play and will also be featured in a new interactive app, called Freckleface Strawberry: Dreamtime, Playtime, which will debut on phones and tablets next month.
Moore is no stranger to children’s fiction. Her most recent picture book, My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me, captures children’s complicated feelings embarrassment, defiance and pride.
Random House, meanwhile, is well versed in celebrity book deals. Most recently, the publishing house finalized a deal in April for actor Jason Segel’s middle-grade trilogy Nightmares!