Beloved children’s entertainer Emma Watkins is releasing her first “Emma Memma” book!
Hello, Emma Memma is a hardback picture book illustrated by renowned Australian artist Kerrie Hess, which will introduce kids to Emma Memma’s world of dance, song and sign language. It’s part of an expansive publishing program acquired by Penguin Random House Australia (Puffin) with more storybooks and activity packs releasing over the next few years.
“After many years of wanting to create together, dear friend and illustrator, Kerrie Hess and I are thrilled to showcase this collaboration of friendships and blossoming of the ‘Emma Memma’ character,” Emma shares in a statement.
“Hello, Emma Memma launches us into a world of colourful scenes of a butterfly cocoon, with delicate details of curly hair and gum blossoms that burst into a vibrant energy that is – Emma Memma.”
The former Yellow Wiggle launched her Emma Memma brand in August this year with her album of the same name debuting at #1 on iTunes, a TV series in the works and more songs and videos on the way.
“Over the last few months we have been blown away by the joyful response from kids to Emma’s inclusive songs and videos,” Jess Owen, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House Australia says.
“And this is just the beginning! The books will continue the magical adventures of Emma Memma and her friends, and encourage fans to sing, dance, sign and read with Emma Memma.”
Emma is also a passionate advocate for the Deaf community, growing up with her best friend having two Deaf brothers. She has studied sign language, completed her Diploma of Auslan and is completing a Diploma in Interpreting at Deaf Connect as well as her PhD at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Hello, Emma Memma will be released on 28 February, 2023.
[Feature Image Credit: courtesy Penguin Random House Australia (Puffin)]