Matthew McConaughey, #1 Bestselling Author, to Publish Debut Children's Book with PYR


Matthew McConaghey, photo by Levi McConaughey.

Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award-winning actor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of GREENLIGHTSand father of three, will publish his debut children’s picture book, JUST BECAUSE with Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers

Scheduled for publication on September 12, 2023, JUST BECAUSE will explore the contradictions all around us, and how they make us who we are. Filled with his trademark humor and wisdom, McConaughey’s soulful and irreverent collection of life lessons will encourage readers, big and small, to celebrate how we are all full of possibility. Why? Just because.

The audiobook, narrated by Matthew McConaughey, will be released by Listening Library.

“I wrote JUST BECAUSE for your kids, for my kids, and for the kid in all of us,” said Matthew McConaughey. “We’re all as young as we’re ever gonna be, so let’s just keep learning.”

Tamar Brazis, VP and Publisher, Viking Children’s Books added, “Just as Matthew McConaughey inspired readers with his refreshing perspective in GREENLIGHTS, now he shares his insight and observations to empower the next generation. JUST BECAUSE is a new classic that families will read and treasure together.”

Matthew McConaughey posted a short video about the book yesterday, and appeared on the Tonight Show to talk about the 13-story treehouse that changed his life.

Matthew McConaughey is the Academy Award-winning actor and #1 New York Times bestselling author of GREENLIGHTSHe also created GREENLIGHTS: YOUR JOURNAL, YOUR JOURNEY, a guided companion that inspires readers to write down and reflect on their feelings, adventures, and dreams. Matthew and his wife, Camila, founded the just keep livin Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. He is professor of practice and a Minister of Culture for the University of Texas at Austin, where he lives with his wife and three children. Matthew is a storyteller, a tree house builder, and a pickle expert. You can visit Matthew on Instagram @OfficiallyMcConaughey or on Twitter @McConaughey.

Renée Kurilla is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers. She has a BFA in illustration and a minor in graphic design from Lesley University College of Art and Design. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughter, and a fish named Yoshi.


Posted: February 10, 2023