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Pharrell to donate up to 50,000 books for children in need

NEW YORK -- Pharrell Williams has launched a "Happy" campaign for young readers.

The singer has partnered with FirstBook, a nonprofit literacy organization, to donate up to 50,000 books to children in low-income families.

Pharrell's publisher, Penguin Young Readers, announced Tuesday that the Twitter hashtag (hash)readHappy had been established for fans to post thoughts or images on why reading makes them "Happy." Every post shared elsewhere on social media will lead to a donation.

"Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading," he said in a statement issued through Penguin

Pharrell's picture book, "Happy," based on his hit song, comes out next week.