Some children's book authors become famous in their own right — I'm looking at you, J.K. Rowling! — but what about
children's books written by celebrities? That niche category of children's publishing contains some wonderful books with great moral lessons for youngsters, so it's well worth picking up a book with a notable name on the cover. Famous folks catch a lot of flak — some ridiculous, some deserved — for their exploits. Look for children's books written by your favorite celebrities, though, and you'll find out that there's a lot of vitriol directed at celeb-penned kidlit. Criticizing a person for writing books for kids doesn't make much sense to me.
One valid criticism of children's books written by celebrities could be that they
draw attention and sales away from writers who aren't independently wealthy. However, with only a handful of celebrities writing children's books, it's unlikely that this is a huge problem in the kidlit industry.
All hype aside, a number of politicians, activists, actors, and musicians have written books for kids that are worth your time. Check out the 15 children's books written by celebrities I've picked out below, and share your favorite, famously authored titles with me on
Twitter! 1 'The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles' by Julie Andrews Edwards 2 'Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters' by Barack Obama 3 The Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series by Whoopi Goldberg 4 'The Sissy Duckling' by Harvey Fierstein
None of the other ducks understand Elmer, who would rather spend his time baking cookies than playing baseball. Bullying and a lack of support from his family
drive the little duckling away, but Elmer's quick thinking in an emergency earns him the respect he deserves. Click here to buy. 5 'Girls Hold Up This World' by Jada Pinkett Smith
girl-powered poem from actress and musician Jada Pinkett Smith comes to life with a vibrant photo-series from Donyell Kennedy-McCullough. Pinkett Smith's husband has also written a children's book, based on the song of the same name. Just the Two of Us, Click here to buy. 6 'Please, Baby, Please' by Spike Lee and Tony Lewis Lee 7 'Dream Big, Little Pig!' by Kristi Yamaguchi 8 'Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born' by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell 9 'The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit' by Octavia Spencer 10 'Freckleface Strawberry' by Julianne Moore
centers on a young girl who learns to accept her freckles as part of herself. Moore expanded the story to include five more books, the last of which was published in 2015. Freckleface Strawberry Click here to buy. 11 'She Persisted' by Chelsea Clinton 12 'The Sandwich Swap' by Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio
From Jordan's Queen Rania Al Abdullah and
Grace for President author Kelly Dipucchio comes this story of two besties' argument over "strange" sandwich spreads — PB&J and hummus — that doesn't ruin their lasting friendship.
Al Abdullah has written three other children's books:
The King's Gift, Eternal Beauty, and Maha of the Mountains.
DiPucchio is the author of more than 20 books for children, including
Dragon Was Terrible, Crafty Chloe, and Antoinette. Click here to buy. 13 'Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars' by Ricky Martin
Santiago dreams of becoming a stage actor, but he's utterly dejected when he doesn't land the lead in the school play. With a little bit of help from his father, though,
the kid keeps working hard at what he wants, and finds out that your path to fame isn't always what you imagine it to be. Click here to buy. 14 The Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer 15 'The Book with No Pictures' by B.J. Novak