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LeBron James Set To Release His First Children’s Book, ‘I PROMISE’

LeBron James Set To Release His First Children’s Book, ‘I PROMISE’

Whenever he shoots, he scores! LeBron James just announced the release of his very first children’s book, “I PROMISE."

The book is the first of a two book deal in partnership with HarperCollins publishing, named for the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I PROMISE initiative, USA Today reports. The program focuses on empowering students and families through resources, incentives, academic and emotional support. The announcement of the book comes fresh off the heels of the I PROMISE school’s announcement of free tuition to Kent State University for its eldest class of students. 

The NBA superstar said he’s excited to bring an entirely new audience into his "I PROMISE" vision with these books. “Books have the ability to teach, inspire, and bring people together. That’s why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in. ‘I PROMISE’ is powerful in that way, and I can’t wait for people to read it,” James said. 

Nina Mata illustrated the books, which encourages young people to be their best selves through action, including affirmations and declarations like, “I promise to use my voice and stand up for what’s right. And when things get tough, to keep up the fight.”

Suzanne Murphy, president and publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books said, “The philanthropy work that LeBron James does off the court, including the education that he’s providing to the students at the I PROMISE school is remarkable. With a universal message that encourages everyone to always strive for greatness, I PROMISE will resonate with students and readers everywhere.”

The first children’s book is set to be released this August with a second novel for middle school aged students coming in the summer of 2021. 

Thank you for all you do LeBron!

Photo Courtesy of HarperCollins