The Best Children’s Books By Celebrities

by Bethany Braun-Silva

The Best Children’s Books By Celebrities
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While our favorite celebrities are usually known for tackling tough movie roles or performing in front of large crowds,  many of them are also writers with a knack for creating amazing stories for kids. Celebs, being the creatives that they are, sometimes look for another outlet for their imaginations . Often celeb authors they draw on inspiration from their own childhood or even from their own children for their stories, and the result is captivating. Plus, many of their stories are enjoyable for parents to read, too! From hilarious rhyming books to emotional tales of a parent’s everlasting love, these celebs have certainly got this whole children’s book thing down. Here are 12 of our favorite children’s books written by celebrities.

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Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore


The name for this series of children’s books was actually inspired by Moore’s childhood nickname. This makes sense with the red hair and the freckles. The books teach children the importance of loving the skin they’re in and to embrace differences. In addition to the first book, Moore has written "Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice," "Freckleface Strawberry: Loose Tooth!" and several others.

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River Rose and the Magical Lullaby by Kelly Clarkson


Kelly Clarkson is an incredible singer and made her picture book debut with a story inspired by her own daughter. The “magical lullaby” can be downloaded via the link that comes with the book. This story is perfect for bedtime and who better than Clarkson to send your kids off to dreamland with her amazing voice?

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Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon


This is the first book by the talk show host and comedian. He followed it up with "Everything Is Mama" and will be releasing "This Is Baby" in October 2019. This set includes both MAMA and DADA and makes a perfect gift for new parents who love these books just as much as their kids.

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Marge in Charge by Isla Fisher


Actress Isla Fisher, from Wedding Crashers and Arrested Development wrote these zany books about Marge, a babysitter tasked with caring for kids Jemima and Jake Button. Together they get into a bit of harmless mischief that is truly a blast to read.

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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama


In this book, the former president, writes beautiful tributes to 13 Americans who helped shape the country’s history, including George Washington and Helen Keller, and describes how he sees these traits in his own young daughters. If you’re looking for something inspirational, look no further.

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The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris


This book is full of magic, literally. This is no surprise, because the very talented Neil Patrick Harris has magician on his resume, right next to actor, host, singer, author and father. Not only do Harris’s words create vivid imagery, but hidden throughout the book are secrets, ciphers, codes and magic tricks. The fast-paced story is sure to capture any child’s attention and it teaches valuable lessons about friendship and standing up for what’s right.

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Cookie Meets Peanut by Bethenny Frankel


What happens when your beloved pet has to make room for a new, human sibling? Well reality star and businesswoman Bethenny Frankel drew on inspiration from her own life when she brought her new daughter home to meet her dog Cookie. It’s a sweet story about family and the furry babies we love so much.

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How Roland Rolls by Jim Carrey


Hollywood star, Jim Carrey write this book that won the 2013 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, this book tells the story of the world’s interconnectedness through Roland, a wave. Roland is afraid of hitting the shore, but he soon realizes he is not just a wave, but the entire ocean!

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Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee


Parents everywhere will relate to hilarious, and sometimes frustrating scenarios that are played out in this book written by the famous director and his wife. From bedtime to spills and everything in between, this book illustrates all the joys and challenges of raising kids.

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The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak


No pictures, no problem. This book by The Office actor and writer is unique and funny. Kids will delight in thinking they’ve played a big trick on the person who’s reading it! Be prepared to say some pretty silly stuff!

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Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie


Princess Penelope Pineapple much prefers pants over all the frilly dresses in her closet. The story, written by the Today Show co-anchor, encourages individuality, challenges gender stereotypes and reminds us that girls can do (and wear) anything!

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I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb


Guthrie’s Today Show co-anchor also wrote a children’s book inspired by her journey to adopt daughter, Haley Joy. It’s a testament to the timeless and unconditional love between a parent and child. We suggest giving it a read once through on your own to get those tears out of the way.