Author and Brad Meltzer’s Decoded TV series host Brad Meltzer signed a deal with Penguin’s Dial Books for Young Readers imprint.
Meltzer will write a biographical picture book series called Ordinary People Change the World. Each book in this series will profile an American hero. The first two installments in the series, I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln, will be released in winter 2014.
Cartoonist Chris Eliopoulos will illustrate. Writers House literary agent Jodi Reamer and Kneerim, Williams & Bloom literary agent Jill Kneerin negotiated the deal with publisher Lauri Hornik.
In the past, Meltzer wrote both fiction novels and nonfiction titles. He gave this statement in the release: “Every kid has a hero. Whether we like it or not, our children will be looking at our culture, searching for heroes. For my own kids, this was my chance to have a say in it.”