Legendary actress and producer Viola Davis is adding children's book author to her resume.
People reports the first black actress to win Tony, Emmy and Oscar awards has written her first book, a sequel to the bestselling Corduroy.
Growing up in poverty in Rhode Island, Corduroy (first published in 1968) was one thing Davis connected to during her difficult childhood.
Why? Because of the thing we continue to push for: representation. The teddy bear’s friend, Lisa, is a black girl.
The book is such an inspiration to Davis, she decided to write a continuation of the story, Corduroy Takes A Bow.
“When I was a little girl, it wasn’t often that I found myself reflected in the pages of a book,” Davis told People. “Corduroy was an exception, and I adored flipping through it. To be able to introduce a new generation, including my daughter, to this character that was so special to me in my childhood is an incredible honor.”
I am thrilled to share the cover for my first book, and writing for the iconic Corduroy Bear. The book comes out in September and I can’t wait for you all to read it. #CorduroyTakesABow
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) March 14, 2018
In Corduroy Takes a Bow, illustrated by Jody Wheeler, Corduroy and Lisa visit the theater for the first time, and the teddy bear explores behind the scenes before ending up on stage. Corduroy Takes a Bow will be published on Sept. 4, 2018, to coincide with the original book’s 50th anniversary.
Davis has a 6-year-old daughter, Genesis, who she hopes to inspire and many other young readers.
Go Auntie Vi! We love it.