9 Celebrity-Authored Picture Books Worth Reading
There is no shortage of picture books written by famous people. But which ones are worth your tot's time? Here's a rundown of nine children's books by celebrity authors kid-approved (by my own kids!) as bedtime favorites.
Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis recently said that writing picture books for children has become the most meaningful part of her long career in the public eye–and it shows! We have at least three of her books and all are well-worn from reading night after night. However, the most frequent request I get is for Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day. The rhyming story describes a little girl and her 13 different moods, beginning with silly: “Today I feel silly. / Mom says it’s the heat. I put rouge on the cat / and gloves on my feet.” Silly soon turns to grumpy and mean … to excited … to confused, and so on. Exploring feelings with kids can sometimes be tricky, but this fun little book makes it easy.
Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
“Go back to bed, baby please, baby, please./Not on your HEAD, baby baby baby, please!” I am a huge fan of illustrator Kadir Nelson, so for me, it’s just icing on the cake that this sweet, rhythmic read-along about the boundless energy of a toddler is co-written by filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee!
Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama
Politics aside, President Obama might have another career for himself as picture book author come 2016. Of Thee I Sing is a tender letter to his daughters that highlights 13 groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation, from George Washington to Georgia O’Keefe to Jackie Robinson. If you are looking for a gentle introduction to positive moral character and American history, this is a good choice.
My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me by Julianne Moore
If you’re a mom from a different land, or your child’s grandmother is, or you meet a toddler at the park whose mom dresses or speaks in a way that strikes your child as different, Julianne Moore’s adorable new picture book is a way to celebrate the differences and similarities between moms and families from around the globe. The award-winning actress was inspired to write My Mom Is a Foreigner in memory of her own foreign mom, an immigrant from Scotland.
I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow
I’ve come to the conclusion that the mark of a successful celebrity-authored children’s book is forgetting that it’s a celebrity who wrote it! Such is the case with I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow, a funny book and bonus sing-a-long CD about two well-meaning, but still-misbehaved dogs. I’ve read this one so many times, but when I was making my list of celebrity faves, I actually forgot it was was written by the same guy who starred in 3rd Rock from the Sun!
I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal
Got a parent about to become a grandparent? Give them this book by actor and comedic legend Billy Crystal–and then get them some tissues! In I Already Know I Love You, Crystal celebrates the tender, moving experience of becoming a first-time grandpa.
Photo Credit: this fun book by Jeff Foxworthy will have them hunting through each page trying to find a different child and a few other objects. The pictures are “busy” enough to make it a challenge but still toddler-friendly (this isn’t Where’s Waldo?). Plus, Foxworthy’s rhyming, laugh-out-loud text is a delight to hear all on its own!
Dumpy the Dump Truck by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
Julie Andrews proved herself a whiz with kids in her iconic turn as Maria in the Sound of Music, so it’s little wonder that she’s also capable of producing some pretty wonderful picture books! Co-written with her daughter, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, about a broken-down heap of a truck that gets a second chance thanks to his friends, may just give Thomas the Tank Engine a run for his money!
Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black
Actor and comedian Michael Ian Black’s zany sense of humor is in full force in Chicken Cheeks, a rib-tickling, read-aloud story of a bear who recruits his animal friends to help him reach some honeycomb found high in a tree. There are some giggle-worthy pictures of animal bottoms, but the real laugh comes from the surprise ending of what the bear finds when his friends finally reach the top.September 8th is International Literacy Day. Get ready moms and dads--we've got 10 sniffle-inducing books that are perfect for story time with your kids. Tissues not included.view gallery
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