Colin Kaepernick is adding children’s book author his resume after signing a multi-book deal with Scholastic Books. According to TMZ, the former star quarterback is set to release several children’s books with the publishing company.
“I’m excited for Kaepernick Publishing to be collaborating with Scholastic on books with Black and Brown voices at the forefront,” Kaepernick said. “I hope that our books will inspire readers to walk through the world with confidence, strength, and truth in all they do.”
The first book Kaepernick is releasing is I Color Myself Different and is reportedly based on a childhood moment when the athlete realized he was different from his adopted white family members.
“This story is deeply personal to me, and inspired by real events in my life. I hope that it honors the courage and bravery of young people everywhere by encouraging them to live with authenticity and purpose,” Kaepernick said.
Scholastic’s Vice President Debra Dorfman told the outlet getting Kaepernick on board was an easy decision, stating, “We knew instantly that we wanted to share his stories, which will be impactful messages of identity and belonging for Black and Brown children.”
“Colin’s reputation as a thought leader precedes him, but it was also clear when we met that his mission and purpose were very much aligned with Scholastic’s.”
This isn’t the first book the athlete-activist has worked on. His book, Abolition For The People: The Movement For A Future Without Policing & Prisons is set to be released this October.
I Color Myself Different is scheduled to hit shelves April 5, 2022 and will be printed and available electronically in several languages.