Zondervan has signed Nobel Peace Prize-winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu to collaborate with bestselling author and illustrator Nancy Tillman to produce a picture book telling the creation story from Tutu’s Children of God Storybook Bible, which he published with Zondervan in 2010. Tillman will illustrate Tutu’s narrative. Zondervan holds world rights and plans to release the book in spring 2014.
The Children of God Storybook Bible rose to the #1 spot on the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association bestseller list and was published worldwide in 14 languages, including six African languages in South Africa. Zondervan has sold 50,000 copies of the Bible in the U.S.
Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his work for justice and equality in South Africa. In 1986, he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 2009, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama; it is the highest U.S. civilian honor.
Tillman is the author and illustrator of numerous books that have sold more than five million copies in North America. Her bestselling titles include On the Night You Were Born (2006); Wherever You Go My Love Will Find You (2010); and The Crown on Your Head (2011).