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Random House Children’s Books to Publish Picture Book by Danielle Steel in Fall 2014

New York, NY, March 19, 2013—Random House Children’s Books has acquired a picture book from the phenomenally bestselling author Danielle Steel, it was announced today by Mallory Loehr, Vice President, Publishing Director of the Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group. PRETTY MINNIE IN PARIS will be published by the Doubleday Books for Young Readers imprint in fall 2014. Frances Gilbert, Editorial Director, acquired the work for Random House from Julie Just of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, and will edit.
Danielle Steel has one passion that her fans might not know about—her love for dogs. PRETTY MINNIE IN PARIS is inspired by the adventures of Steel’s own teacup Chihuahua, and her love of Paris—where she resides part of the year. Steel’s picture book tells the stylish tale of a fashionable Parisian pup out on the town. The book will be illustrated by Kristi Valiant.
“We are delighted to welcome the celebrated Danielle Steel to Random House Children’s Books,” says Mallory Loehr, Vice President, Publishing Director of the Random House/Golden Books for Young Readers Group. “With a dreamy Paris backdrop and adorable outfits to admire, PRETTY MINNIE IN PARIS is sure to be a must-have tale for little girls—and fashion fans.”
Steel lives in San Francisco and Paris, which inspired many of the scenes in PRETTY MINNIE IN PARIS. Over the years she has raised several beloved dogs, and this October 2013 brings the release of her next nonfiction work, Pure Joy (Delacorte Press), a memoir of Steel’s most beloved family pets.
Danielle Steel has sold 600 million copies of her books in the U.S. alone, and every one of her books is a bestseller. She is published in 69 countries and 43 languages. Steel’s latest novel, Until the End of Time, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and other recent bestsellers include The Sins of the Mother, Friends Forever, Betrayal, Hotel VendomeHappy Birthday44 Charles StreetLegacyFamily Ties,Big GirlSouthern LightsOne Day at a TimeA Good WomanRogueHonor ThyselfAmazing GraceBungalow 2SistersH.R.H.Coming OutThe House, and Ransom. Steel has written 128 books, including 16 children’s books and four works of nonfiction. She also founded and runs two foundations, one named in honor of her late son, The Nick Traina Foundation, which finances organizations involved in mental illness and child abuse, and the second established to assist the homeless. In 2002, Steel was decorated by the French government as an “Officier” of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters, and she has written the lyrics for two albums currently being recorded in France. She is the mother of nine children.
For more information about Danielle and her books, visit www.daniellesteel.net. Follow Danielle on Twitter, @DanielleSteel and on Facebook, www.facebook.com/DanielleSteelOfficial.

Doubleday Books for Young Readers is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Doubleday is home to many beloved and bestselling books for children that are among the most celebrated on the Random House Children’s Books list. These include the Caldecott Medalwinning The Little IslandThe Velveteen RabbitThe Red BalloonThe D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, and the award-winning books of Peter Spier, notably Noah’s Ark, recipient of the Caldecott Medal. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Random House, Inc., whose parent company is Bertelsmann, a leading international media company.
Contact: Dominique Cimina
Director of Publicity & Corporate Communications
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