15 Celebrities Reading To Kids That'll Make You Want To Run Out And Stock Up On Picture Books

Turns out that celebrities like to read just as much as us plebes. But what they do better than us plebes is use their literacy — oh, and also their fame — for good: like to entertain children. Which makes for happy kids, happy PR people, and adorable pictures.

Powerful celebs like Salma Hayek, Drew Barrymore, and Anna — oh, sorry, Kristen Bell — have been snapped reading picture books to gaggles of tots who probably don’t know how good they’ve got it. Many adults I know (OK, I’m talking about myself) would sell their entire vault of Buffy the Vampire Slayer collectible figurines to nab a front-row seat to watch Liz Lemon reading This is New York.

If you are someone who doesn’t mind celebrities exploiting their cuteness for some positive press, you are in the right place: these 15 adorable pictures of celebs reading to kids will have you swooning.

Jim Carrey

Only Jim Carrey could turn reading a book into an hysterical vaudeville act. And that’s why we love him.

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Drew Barrymore

As a Mother of Dragons (oh, and an actress virtually from birth), Drew Barrymore must be a fierce storyteller. These kids don’t know how good they’ve got it.

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Salma Hayek

Mexican-born Salma Hayek reads Dora the Explorer to a gaggle of kids, and it’s as adorable as Dora’s glorified bowl cut itself.

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Julianne Moore

More adorableness: Julianne Moore reading with her mini-me daughter. Love this beautiful ginger duo!

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Jennifer Garner

She may have kicked butt and cracked codes in Alias, but Jennifer Garner is also really curious as to whether your mama is a llama.

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Chelsea Clinton

No surprise to catch the former first daughter reading to kids at the Brooklyn Public Library: Chelsea Clinton’s book It’s Your World, which comes out in October, is geared toward young readers.

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Prince William

Prince Wills is reading to small children and omg I can’t even handle the cuteness.

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Kate Middleton

Awkwardly bending down to read an awkwardly-sized book to a someone else’s small child has never looked so elegant. Oh, Kate. How we covet thee (and your delicious-looking hats).


Michelle Obama

Even the fierce FLOTUS can’t escape the clutches of Dr. Seuss’ charms.

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President Obama

POTUS reads the Maurice Sendak classic Where the Wild Things Are to a cluster of kids.


Sasha, Malia, and Michelle Obama

Sasha and Malia Obama get in on the action, too. Because the family that reads together, stays together.

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Tina Fey

The Queen of Comedy (and arguably New York) herself reads Miroslav Sasek’s delightful 1960 picture book, This is New York.

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Kristen Bell

We also have Veronica Mars …

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Keri Russell

… Felicity…

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Gwyneth Paltrow

… and Emma Woodhouse doing good for the kids. That’s a ’90s power trio right there.

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