The former U.S. First Lady announced the news in a video that she shared on social media on Wednesday, noting that a paperback version of the original book is also on the way. Both new editions will be released simultaneously on March 2.
Adapted for children ages 10 and up, the young-adult edition of Becoming follows in the footsteps of other popular memoirs, like Malala Yousafzai’s I Am Malala and Misty Copeland’s Life in Motion, that have been modified for younger readers. But in a special introduction to the book, Obama makes it clear that the new version doesn’t sugarcoat “hard truths.”
“My promise to you is to give you my story in all its messy glory—from the time I struggled in front of my kindergarten class, to my first kiss and the insecurities I felt growing up, to the chaos of a campaign trail, to the strange experience of shaking hands with the Queen of England,” she writes. “I hope that as you’re reading my story, you’ll also think about your own—because it’s the most beautiful gift you’ll ever have.”
Wednesday’s announcement marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of Becoming, which has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 100 weeks since its November 2018 release. The memoir received widespread critical acclaim upon publication and was later selected as an Oprah’s Book Club pick and won a 2019 NAACP Image Award.
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