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Posted by on Jun. 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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6 Children's Books Too Good to Have Been Written by a Celebrity

Posted by Jeanne Sager

child readingThe last time I walked through the kid's section at a bookstore, I wanted to cry. They let John Travolta write a children's book. And Tyra Banks too (it's about a would-be model named Tookie De La Crème, and no, I'm not kidding). And Glenn Beck for crying out loud.

It seems like all you have to do to get a contract to write for kids is to show up at a publishing house, wave your hand and say "Hey, I'm a celebrity!" Snooki is expected to put hers out any day now (OK, not really ... at least, God ... no ... please, just no). So you could be depressed about the state of kids literature. Or you could look on the bright side. 

There are actually some celebrities whose books for kids ... wait for it ... don't totally suck. Some of them are even kind of good if you ask me.

Want to know what's worth putting on the bookshelf beside the Velveteen Rabbits and the Anne of Green Gables? Here are a few shockers worth checking out.


Playground by 50 Cent

Playground by 50 Cent

50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, may be a hardcore rapper, but he's also a dad. And it's for his teenage son and the thousands of kids who deal with bullying that he wrote Playground, an insightful look at how bullied kids become the bullies


Being Wendy by Fran Drescher

Being Wendy by Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher's voice on The Nanny was just to the thing to make small children cry, but she does the opposite when she takes to the written word. Dressing her characters in boxes in Being Wendy, Drescher teaches a gentle lesson about being comfortable being different and learning to be a leader.


Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

When she's not busy playing Sarah Palin on TV or winning a Golden Globe as a lesbian mom in The Kids Are All Right, Julianne Moore is the author behind the Freckleface Strawberry series about a little girl with ginger hair and freckles she just can't wash off her face.


Flanimals by Ricky Gervais

Flanimals by Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais' addition to the world of kids lit is not quite as hilarious as his now infamous Golden Globes hosting gigs, but the look at a world full of nonsense animals is pretty funny in its own right.


The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

Actress Julie Andrews has delighted kids with her turns as Mary Poppins and Princess Mia's grandma in The Princess Diaries films, but she has also been reaching out to kids from the page since the 1970s. These days she writes children's books with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton, including The Very Fairy Princess series, loosely based on Hamilton's daughter. 

In the latest, The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl, little Geraldine's Aunt Sue is getting married, and she's opted for an outdoor wedding in the garden. It could put a crimp in the grand plans of a very fairy princess, but this little girl knows better: every event could use a little extra sparkle.

A sweet book that reminds kids being a princess is about what's on the inside, not the outside.


The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton

The Boy With Pink Hair by Perez Hilton

Yes, that Perez Hilton, the guy who makes a living snarking on celebrities, has a kids' book that's actually kind of cute! The illustrations are funny, the story line about being different sweet.

What is your favorite children's book penned by a celebrity?


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KickButtMama
by Shannon on Jun. 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM
Some other interesting reads....

Hotheads, by Cal Ripkin Jr
When I Grow Up by Al Yankovick
Dream Big Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi
Hide by Jeff Foxworthy
I wish I Knew That: Cool Stuff You Need To Know by Steve Martin
And Jamie Lee Curtis has a series of great books including My Mommy Hung The Moon
Scorpioteach
by on Jun. 3, 2012 at 8:50 PM
Believe it or not comedian Jeff Foxworthy writes poetry for kids. My son loves his book "Dirt on my Shirt".
Boobah
by Nikki :) on Jun. 3, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I've not heard of any of these. We will check them out. :)
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bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jun. 4, 2012 at 8:00 AM

 My mother bought Billy Crystal's book I already know I love you.  She reads it to my youngest a lot!  I've never actually read it, but the boys have tole me they like it.

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