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RIVER ROSE AND THE MAGICAL LULLABY publishes in the US on October 4, 2016

New York, NY (February 9, 2016) – HarperCollins Publishers announced today the acquisition of Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson’s first picture book, RIVER ROSE AND THE MAGICAL LULLABY, featuring an original lullaby written and performed by the international superstar. World rights were sold to David Linker, Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books, from CAA.

RIVER ROSE AND THE MAGICAL LULLABY is an enchanting picture book that chronicles the night before an imaginative little girl’s first trip to the zoo. River Rose is so excited to see the animals and ride the carousel that she can’t fall asleep—until a magical lullaby from her mom sends her off on an amazing adventure. Soon River Rose is hopscotching with the hippos, slip-sliding with the penguins, and dancing with the big brown bears. It’s a rollicking, rhyming tale from America’s most beloved performer, recording star Kelly Clarkson. Join along on this bedtime journey, complete with an original lullaby that parents and kids are sure to love.

With adorable illustrations by Laura Hughes, RIVER ROSE AND THE MAGICAL LULLABY is the perfect story for bedtime or reading time.

“When kids read RIVER ROSE AND THE MAGICAL LULLABY my hope is that it inspires their imagination and reminds them that they should always follow their dreams – no matter where they lead,” says Kelly Clarkson.

“The first time I heard Kelly talk about this project, I knew it was something special,” says David Linker, Executive Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books. “Her passion for the story and musical ear for the rhythm and melody that make for great storytelling was evident from the very first draft. It’s been a true labor of love.”

Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson has released six studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger, Piece by Piece), one greatest hits album, and one holiday album, has sold over twenty-one million albums worldwide, and has had ten singles in the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and one CMA Award. Clarkson’s sixth studio album, Piece by Piece, debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, marking her third number-one debut on the chart. Piece by Piece garnered two 2016 Grammy nominations (Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performance for her hit single “Heartbeat Song”).

Clarkson’s 2011 effort, Stronger, was certified platinum, won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, and produced the smash singles “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” which mark Kelly’s ninth and tenth top ten hits. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks (three weeks total) marking her third number one on the Hot 100 chart. In 2013, she released her very first Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, which debuted at number three and was the biggest holiday album debut for a female artist since 2010 and is certified platinum.


HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers, such as Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are, The Graveyard Book, and series including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent, and The Selection. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children’s Books delights readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including e-books and apps. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, which is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, has operations in 18 countries, and is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and www.epicreads.com and HarperCollins Publishers at corporate.HC.com.

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