New England Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell has signed a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher, per The Associated Press. The books include a newly illustrated edition of his self-published ''The Magician's Hat,'' to come out next May, and two more original works.
Mitchell is a literacy advocate who founded the ''Read With Malcolm'' program.
Mitchell, 24, caught 32 passes last year during the regular season and another six in the Super Bowl, when the Patriots came from behind and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.
He's now entering his second year in the NFL and was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He's about to play out the second term of his four-year, $2.917 million rookie deal.