Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton have made a cottage industry out of writing books. Now their daughter will try her hand at it.
On Wednesday, Penguin Random House said it would publish Chelsea Clinton’s first book, aimed at readers ages 10 to 14 and titled “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going,” in September.
In a statement, Clinton said she intended to use the book to “try to explain what I think are some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly for young people,” and to “explore some of the solutions to those challenges.”
The book, to be released under the Philomel Books imprint, will be an intriguing test of Clinton’s cachet and of the power of her family’s name among readers not of voting age. It will also arrive in bookstores at an important time in her mother’s presidential campaign.
Jill Santopolo, executive editor of Philomel Books, said on a website announcing “It’s Your World” that she had watched Clinton on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” in September 2013. Santopolo said she was impressed by her storytelling skills in describing diseases “in a way that made them easy to understand” and discussing her father’s 2004 quadruple-bypass operation.
Soon after, Santopolo recalled, she approached Clinton about writing a book for children. “It was a shot in the dark, I thought, but the answer came back and was a resounding yes,” she wrote.
The book, written over the past year and a half, is in the final stages of editing, Penguin Random said. It had been kept unusually quiet for the normally chatty publishing industry.
Kamyl Bazbaz, a spokesman for Clinton, declined to disclose the size of her advance but said that all proceeds from sales would be donated to the Clinton Foundation and other charities.
Clinton’s parents’ book deals — including Hillary Clinton’s latest, “Hard Choices,” from which she has earned at least $5 million, according to a disclosure filed recently — have been negotiated by Washington lawyer Robert Barnett. But Chelsea Clinton, 35, turned to a 38-year-old Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer, Tara Kole, who was once a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and has counted Gwyneth Paltrow and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay among her clients.
Clinton kept a low profile for much of her 20s but emerged as a powerful surrogate for her mother’s 2008 Democratic primary campaign, especially in appealing to young voters.
Clinton is not formally involved in her mother’s campaign but is often invoked: Hillary Clinton frequently speaks of raising her while working as a young lawyer, and of Chelsea’s daughter, Charlotte, who was born in September.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea Clinton’s book will resonate with readers who know her as the famous daughter of a former president — and potentially of a future one.