Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Children's Books Written by Celebrities

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There are so many amazingly talented entertainers, but I had no idea how many of them have actually created quality children's books.  Here are just a few of our favorites:
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Freckleface Strawberry by Julienne Moore
As the parent of a redhead and the owner of a freckle face, this book is a favorite of mine to read.  Like the little girl in the book, I also looked for ways to get rid of my freckles.

Being Wendy by Fran Drescher
Fran Drescher is one of my favorite actresses, not only for the endearing characters that she plays, but for her personal strength as a woman.  This books shares a young girl's journey to find out who she is despite the pressures the adults in her life place on her.

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis
This is such a fun book full of unique sounding words that can be read in a rhythm.  They evoked giggles from both Bear and I as we read them.

Queen of the Scene Book by Queen Latifah
One of the reasons why this book is so great is because it depicts an empowered young girl whose interests defy gender biases usually placed on kids.  And it's written by Queen Latifah, the picture of an empowered woman. 

The Blue Ribbon Day by Katie Couric
The challenges of handling disappointment are addressed in this book in a way that can help children look on the bright side of situations that don't always go as they'd hoped or planned.
Dumpy the Dumptruck by Julie Andrews
I love Julie Andrews.  There are several Dumpy books that she wrote and her daughter illustrated.  each of the books tell stories that have valuable moral lessons in them.
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day and other books by Jamie Lee Curtis
JLC has written an abundance of children's books that are whimsical and speak directly to children about issues that affect them.  They're written with perfect phrasing and rhyme in a way that kiddos can relate to.

Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
How can you handle being different and made fun of by others?  This book addresses this topic in a way that helps children to learn to appreciate who they are.

Sheetzucacapoopoo: My Kind of Dog by Joy Behar
The first thing that drew me to this book was it's giggle-inducing title.  Joy Behar makes me laugh with her bluntness on The View, so I just knew that this book would be entertaining.  Plus, there's a valuable lesson to be learned about getting along with others and appreciating differences.
Cheech the School Bus Driver by Cheech Marin
Despite his controversial history, Cheech Marin, has created a book that shows just how far you can go when you share your true talents and believe in who you are.

happy! by Pharrell Williams
What makes your child happy? Explore this picture book that shows children around the world just being happy. Nothing could stop the "Happy" song from playing in my head while I looked through it.

here are some other book lists that you might enjoy:
100 must have children's books
10 children's books on art and creativity
10 children's picture books on self-esteem
25 must read chapter books for older children

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