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LeBron James’ ‘I Promise’ children’s book set for release Aug. 11

LeBron James is currently setting up the Los Angeles Lakers for an extended run in the postseason this month in the NBA’s Orlando, Fla., bubble, but next week will bring a special personal milestone in the superstar’s off-the-court interests.

“I Promise,” a children’s book inspired by his highly acclaimed I Promise school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, marks James’ literary debut and is set for release on Aug. 11.

“Books have the ability to teach, inspire and bring people together. That’s why these books, and the opportunity to get children and parents reading together, mean so much to me,” James said in a statement, per Robin Goist of “Most importantly, we wanted to make sure these stories are ones that every single kid can see themselves in. I Promise is powerful in that way and I can’t wait for people to read it.”

“I Promise” was written by James and illustrated by The New York Times’ bestselling artist Nina Mata. It is the first of a two-book deal James has with publishing house HarperCollins.

“With a universal message that encourages everyone to always strive for greatness, ‘I Promise’ will resonate with students and readers everywhere,” HarperCollins Children’s Books president Suzanne Murphy said in a statement.

Inspired by the values inherent to the core mission of the LeBron James Family Foundation’s I Promise program, the book aspires to highlight how “tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today.” 

James’ I Promise School has been an incredible success and earned widespread accolades. James’ contributions to the school elicited praise from Barack and Michelle Obama for his dedication to the educational initiatives championed by the school. When James opened the school in 2018, he hailed it as “one of the greatest moments of my life.”

Now with James’ foray into the children’s literature world, the ideals promoted by I Promise school and integral to its mission can benefit youngsters who do not attend the academic institution.