Children's book by Mario Lopez coming out in Sept.

July 7, 2011 - 3:44 PM
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FILE - In this May 19, 2011 file photo, TV personality Mario Lopez attends The CW Network Upfront 2011 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Celebra Children's Books announced Thursday, July 7, that Lopez's new book,

NEW YORK (AP) — New dad Mario Lopez is writing a children's book.

Celebra Children's Books announced Thursday that Lopez's new book, "Mario and Baby Gia," will come out Sept. 27. The book is named for Lopez's infant daughter, Gia Francesca. She is Lopez's first child with girlfriend Courtney Mazza, whom he met while performing in Broadway's "A Chorus Line."

The publisher is an imprint of Penguin Group (USA).

The 37-year-old Lopez is best known for his role as A.C. Slater on "Saved by the Bell." He's also appeared on "Golden Girls" and "Dancing with the Stars," and he hosted the MTV reality show "America's Best Dance Crew." Lopez's previous author credits include the fitness books "Knockout Fitness," ''Extra Lean" and "Extra Lean Life."