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Putting Pen to Paper: Celeb Parents Who Write For Kids

Sep 11 2013 - 2:14pm

Lots of mamas have ideas for children's books, but few actually sit down to put their stories on paper. Celeb parents, however, are eager to ink! From Tori Spelling's [1] children's story about a girl trying to break from her parents' world to Julianne Moore's new book, My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me [2], celebrity parents are eager to find a spot on your kiddo's bookshelf. Click through to check out some of Hollywood's new children's book authors and their page-turners.

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Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews traded in her Mary Poppins umbrella for a pen and wrote The Very Fairy Princess [4] ($13). The tale of a little girl who wants to be a princess will have other princesses-in-training twirling in their tutus. The book's winning formula made way for an entire series of books under the Very Fairy Princess name.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore's tale of a little girl who learns to accept the freckles that make her different gained a loyal following. Freckleface Strawberry [5] ($13) is also in production as an off-Broadway musical that is drawing tykes to the theater.

Brooke Shields

When mommy's away, two little girls have a ball playing outdoors with their dad in Brooke Shields [6]'s It's the Best Day Ever, Dad! [7] ($16).


Madonna [8]'s first foray into children's literature, The English Roses [9] ($15), stresses the importance of friendship when four schoolgirls exclude another classmate from their activities. The material girl has published other texts since.

Jamie Lee Curtis

Now the author of nine children's books, Jamie Lee Curtis has gained a tot-sized following that has never seen her films. Big Words For Little People [10] ($13) introduces preschoolers to words like privacy and respect in a silly way that doesn't make kids feel like they are being taught a lesson.

Tori Spelling

The author of three books about her life in Tinseltown, Tori Spelling [11] is now talking to tots with the release of her first children's book. Presenting Tallulah [12] ($13) is the tale of a Hollywood princess who tries to break free from the stuffy world of her stuffy parents. Tallulah also appears in several follow-up books that succeeded her introduction.

Whoopi Goldberg

The View host is big on manners and sets out to teach little ones the importance of please and thank you, cleaning up, and keeping their elbows off the table. Whoopi's Big Book of Manners [13] ($7) presents the etiquette lessons in a funny, unexpected way to capture children's attention.

Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford takes on the world of planning the perfect birthday party in Party Animals [14] ($13). The book comes with a CD recording of the Today show host singing the lyrics of the book.

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama joined the ranks of celebrity children's authors with Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters [15] ($13). The book is a tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans, including Georgia O'Keeffe and Jackie Robinson.

Tim McGraw

Based on the lyrics of his chart-topping hit, My Little Girl [16] ($5) is a walk through a day with a father and daughter.

LeAnn Rimes

Prior to becoming a stepmother, LeAnn Rimes published a children's book called Jag [17] ($5). The tale of a jaguar who is scared for the first day of school, the book teaches preschoolers about the importance of standing up for yourself.

Katie Couric

The former morning TV host and current talk show host knows about disappointment, and her book written for kindergartners, The Blue Ribbon Day [18] ($13), reassures them that it's natural. Using her daughters as the book's main characters, two best friends must deal with disappointment when only one makes the soccer team.

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith [19] talks girl empowerment to the next generation with her early reader book, Girls Hold Up This World [20] ($12). Filled with rhyming text and beautiful photography, the book is great for new readers.

Jim Carrey

Parents don't tend to think of Jim Carrey [21] as a children's book author (The Cable Guy, anyone?!), but the dad (and grandpa!) has published his first picture book, written for the preschool and kindergarten set. How Roland Rolls [22] ($17) is the story of a wave who fears he'll die when he hits the beach, but ultimately learns he's part of the larger ocean. Told with Carrey's humor, the book is a lot of fun for adults and tots alike.


After becoming a mom, Jewel sat down and wrote That's What I'd Do [23] ($14), a lullaby that comes with a CD recording of the book that's perfect for bedtime.

Julianne Moore

After the success of the Freckleface Strawberry franchise, Julianne Moore is back with a new book celebrating her heritage. My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me ($17) pays tribute to immigrants — and the children of immigrants, like Moore is herself — who may dress and speak differently than kids' friends' parents, but are as much a part of the community as other moms.

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