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Alesha Dixon to write children's book about girl superhero

Alesha Dixon Image copyright PA
Image caption Dixon first achieved fame as a member of girl band Mis-teeq

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.

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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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