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Whoopi Goldberg to pen children's book

The book is scheduled for release in 2005
/ Source: The Associated Press

Add another name to the list of celebrity children’s book writers: Whoopi Goldberg. The actress-comedian has agreed to a multibook deal with Hyperion’s Jump at the Sun imprint, which specializes in releases by African-American writers.

“If I can give kids and their parents something that’ll make them smile and maybe teaches them a little something about living with one another on our planet, it makes me a happy granny,” Goldberg said in a statement Monday.

The first of several expected books is scheduled for 2005.

Other celebrities who have recently written children’s stories include Madonna, Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal. Goldberg stars in the new NBC sitcom “Whoopi” and also can be seen on Nick Jr.’s “Whoopi’s Littleburg,” a series of half-hour TV specials set in “The Preschool Capital of the World.”