Jonathan Van Ness is adding a new title to his ever-expanding resume: children’s author.
The “Queer Eye” cast member announced last week that he’ll be releasing his first children’s book under Harper Collins. Titled “Peanut Goes for the Gold,” the story follows a gender nonbinary guinea pig who pursues, against all odds, gymnastics.
The fashion maven, who identifies as gender nonbinary, said he hoped the story would inspire young kids to chase their dreams, while also reaffirming qualities that make them special.
“Growing up, the things that made me unique were not always celebrated, and I wanted to do something that would inspire kids to celebrate the things that make them special,” Van Ness said in an announcement. “With that being said, I’m so excited to announce my debut children’s book, ‘Peanut Goes for the Gold,’ an inspiring story of a guinea pig rhythmic gymnastics prodigy.”
According to Harper Collins, the story is inspired by Van Ness’s childhood pet and encourages young readers to “boldly and unapologetically love being themselves.” Illustrator and artist Gillian Reid, who also worked on “Kitty and Dragon” and “Nellie Nutgraf,” created pictures for the work.
“Jonathan Van Ness brings his signature message of warmth, positivity and self-love to this boldly original picture book that celebrates the joys of being true to yourself and the magic that comes from following your dreams,” Harper Collins said.
“Peanut Goes for the Gold” marks Van Ness’s fiction debut, though it’s not his first foray into publishing or writing. He released his memoir, titled “Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love,” in 2019. At the time, he suggested that he would continue to tell new stories for audiences who have often been left out of mainstream narratives.