Alesha Dixon to write children's book about girl superhero

Alesha Dixon is to become the latest celebrity to try her hand at writing books for children.

The Britain’s Got Talent judge has signed a deal with Scholastic to write two books about Aurora Beam, a young girl who happens to be a superhero.

The ex-Strictly champ said she wanted to “create a strong female character who young girls and boys can hopefully be inspired by and look up to”.

The singer and presenter confirmed the news on Instagram.

Dixon said she was “delighted to be working” with Scholastic on the books, the first of which will be out next spring.

The deal sees the former Mis-teeq member join a growing number of celebs who have written books for kids, including:

  • Fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, who has enjoyed much success with such titles as Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny and Demon Dentist
  • Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who has written a series of children’s books about a young girl called Ugenia Lavender
  • Comedian David Baddiel, whose books for children include The Parent Agency, The Person Controller and AniMalcolm
  • Pop superstar Madonna, who followed 2003’s best-selling The English Roses with such titles as Yakov and the Seven Thieves and The Adventures of Abdi
  • Comedian Ricky Gervais, whose Flanimals series imagines non-existent animals and lists their attributes
  • Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, whose 2016 title Bake Me a Story contained “15 stories and recipes for children”
  • DJ Christian O’Connell, who released his first children’s book, Radio Boy, earlier this year

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Earlier this month politician George Galloway revealed he had signed a deal to write a series of children’s books about an “ethical pirate” called Red Molucca.

DJ Greg James, meanwhile, has teamed up with Radio 1 colleague Chris Smith to write a series of books about an ordinary boy – “Kid Normal” – who attends a school for children with super powers.

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