Rebel Wilson says: “I’m so excited to be working with Hachette on a fabulous picture book series for young kids called Bella the Brave. The stories are picked from experiences in my own life where I learned valuable life lessons and achieved personal growth. They’ll have an empowerment theme.
“My journey from being a shy girl from Sydney’s western suburbs to turning into an international movie star has taught me many things and I’m pumped to be able to try and pass on some of this knowledge to kids in a fun and entertaining way.”
Written to inspire young readers aged 3+, the first book in the Bella the Brave series will be published by Hachette Australia in hardback and ebook in September 2021.
Head of Hachette Australia Children’s Publishing, Jeanmarie Morosin says: “We think children’s picture books need more strong female characters who know what they want and how to stand up for themselves, and there is no one better placed to deliver that than Rebel Wilson! Bella the Brave, like Rebel herself, is full of grit, determination and resilience – not to mention mischief. It’s not always easy, but Bella does her best to reach her goals – and of course has a whole heap of fun along the way. The world needs Bella and Hachette could not be more delighted to be working with Rebel to bring her into homes everywhere. We can’t wait for you to meet her.”
Hachette Australia CEO Louise Sherwin-Stark says: “Rebel Wilson is renowned for her warmth, humour and energy to connect with kids (all ages) in an extraordinary way. We are delighted that Rebel has chosen to work with Hachette Australia to publish her Bella the Brave picture book series, books that we know will encourage readers to face their fears and triumphantly take on the world.”
In the current climate of uncertainty surrounding school closures and access to books, Hachette Australia will be granting free permissions for online story-time events in order to continue to support schools, bookshops and public libraries.