8 Celebrities That Have Written Exciting Children’s Books

Even with glamorous lives, many celebrities found the time to inspire children with their words. Read on to learn which celebrities wrote children’s books.

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There is never a bad time to appreciate children’s books. It’s hard to think of another genre with more happiness and cheer. Children’s books are full of fun and whimsy, and they are a great way to introduce children to a whole new world.

There are many children’s book authors out there, and many of those authors have made a name for themselves in other ways. There is a whole subsection of people who wrote children’s books who already have celebrity status. That includes actors, singers, athletes, television show hosts, and more. These are people who want to use their notoriety to help children.

Here are some notable celebrities and the thrilling children’s books that they have written.

River Rose and the Magical Lullaby by Kelly Clarkson

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Singer Kelly Clarkson has made quite the name for herself with her gorgeous singing voice. While she has had other ventures, music is a large part of her life. Because of that, she wrote River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, which is all about the joys of music. The book centers around River Rose, who has too much energy to sleep so her mother sings her a magical lullaby. This lullaby takes River Rose to a magical and melodic dreamland, where she makes fun new friends and goes on many musical adventures.

This book teaches young people about the joys of music and how it can add some excitement to a person’s life. We may not all get to have musical dreams, but we can still let music shape our lives and bring us some joy.

Busy Betty by Reese Witherspoon

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Between her acting, writing, producing, and running her own fashion line. Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon certainly keeps busy. However, she is not too busy to write a book about being busy, Busy Betty. The book is about Betty, who is always doing something and filling up her time. When she decides to bathe her dog, it proves to be a task that even she might not be able to accomplish. Nevertheless, with the help of her best friend Mae, Betty can prove that anything is possible.

This book is about the importance of perseverance. Some tasks may look daunting for some young people, but if they stand strong and learn not to be afraid to ask for help, then the sky’s the limit.

The Adventures of Qai Qai by Serena Williams

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Superstar tennis player Serena Williams was able to get to where she is and achieve her victories through believing in herself. Williams wants young children everywhere to believe in themselves, including her daughters. That is why she wrote The Adventures of Qai Qai. The book was inspired by a doll owned by her oldest daughter. It is about Baby Girl, who has a big dance recital coming up that she is nervous about. Luckily, she has her doll Qai Qai for support. One day, Qai Qai comes to life and can magically show Baby Girl that she has the skills and grace to do fantastic at her dance recital. Qai Qai teaches Baby Girl how to feel confident, which is a lesson that all children should have. When someone has enough confidence they are capable of anything.

Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness

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While Jonathan Van Ness got his fame for being the hair and beauty expert on Queer Eye, they also have a long love for gymnastics. Van Ness decided to take this love and use it to inspire children. That is why they wrote Peanut Goes for the Gold. This book centers around a guinea pig named Peanut who has developed a passion for gymnastics. Peanut is crafting the perfect rhythmic gymnastics and is ready to dazzle the world with this routine.

The book is about being your authentic self and not letting anyone drag you down. Van Ness is known for being confident and full of personality, which is then reflected in Peanut. Hopefully, Peanut can be a role model for children who want to stand out in this world.

Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

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Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore comes across as confident and admired today, but that was not always the case. When she was a child, she was often teased for all of the freckles she had on her face, which made her insecure. Moore did not want any child to feel like that, which is why she created the Freckleface Strawberry series.

The series centers around a girl with a lot of freckles on her face. She originally wishes they would go away, but she comes to accept that they are part of her. The other books focus on other sticky situations with her friends and at school. The series shows the many events of a young girl’s life while also teaching young children to be confident in their own skin, literally.

The One and Only Sparkella by Channing Tatum

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Actor Channing Tatum is known for being very masculine and muscular in his roles. Therefore, it may seem a little surprising that he would write a book called The One and Only Sparkella. However, Tatum was inspired by his young daughter and wanted to show his appreciation for her through writing this book.

The book is about Ella, who loves sparkles and wants everything in her life to be sparkly. However, when she goes to school for the first time, the other children are not fans of her sparkles. Because of that, she decides she is going to be a lot less sparkly. Fortunately, she soon learns that she should not listen to other children and she should be as sparkly as she wants to be. This book tells children that they should let their personalities shine, no matter what. Children reading this book will learn that they should never let anyone dull their sparkle in any way.

I’m Not Scared, You’re Scared by Seth Meyers

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On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Seth Meyers sits in front of an audience and many cameras every night with the job of making people laugh. It is a nerve-wracking job that requires bravery to get the job done. Meyers has plenty of that and is ready to teach children about bravery in a humorous way. He does this in his children’s book I’m Not Afraid, You’re Afraid.

The book is about Bear, who is constantly scared, and Rabbit, who is full of bravery. Rabbit convinces Bear to go on an adventure, but that adventure may not be so easy for either of them. This is a book that will make children laugh as well as teach them lessons about supporting friends and facing fears. Those are both important experiences for every child, and it can be fun for young people to see those experiences expressed through entertaining animal characters.

The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles by Jake Gyllenhaal and Greta Caruso

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While Academy Award-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal has no children of his own, he knows what it is like to be an uncle. Being an uncle or an aunt is certainly an important role and an influential figure in a child’s life. Gyllenhaal wanted to express this notion to children, which is why he wrote The Secret Society of Aunts and Uncles.

This book is about what it really takes to be an aunt or an uncle, which includes being tested by a panel of nieces and nephews. The aunts and uncles need to know all of the necessary rules, such as good bedtimes and great desserts, in order to be successful. This book makes sure children recognize how important their aunts and uncles are and why they should be appreciated for all that they do.

What all of these books have in common is that they are meant to teach young people important lessons. These celebrities may look glamorous and poised, but they are still people who see the significance of helping children grow into well-adjusted adults.


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