Sesame Workshop has detailed the launch of a series of companion books to the Apple TV+ original series, Ghostwriter, a reworking of the classic show for a new generation.
In partnership with Sourcebooks, the series will mix inclusively-adapted classics and original works that inspired each Ghostwriter adventure. The first two books in the series – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Jungle Book – are available now.
An original story called Trinity will land at the end of December. More titles in the series will be announced as the Ghostwriter television show unfolds.
Available exclusively on Apple TV+, Ghostwriter is a family-friendly live-action mystery for kids ages six to 11. Each multi-episode arc is inspired by a different literary work, following the action as a ghost haunts a neighbourhood bookstore and releases famous fictional characters into the real world, leaving a group of friends to help return them to their books.
Sourcebooks’ companion books approach Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, and other canon classics with an eye toward inclusion for today’s families. Each work was adapted by a different prominent or rising-star middle-grade author, many from underrepresented backgrounds, and descriptions of iconic characters like the Queen of Hearts are tailored to match the diverse on-screen world of Ghostwriter.
“With this book series, we want to help children see themselves reflected in classic stories and new worlds, and show them what an adventure reading can be,” said Gabriela Arenas, Sesame Workshop’s vice president of licensing, North America.
“We hope these beautiful editions will take on a life of their own – just like the characters in the show. – whether kids are diving into the Ghostwriter companion books independently or reading them aloud with family.”
Sourcebooks and Sesame Workshop have been publishing partners since 2012. Last year, the publisher’s Love from Sesame Street picture book was a New York Times bestseller.