8 Kids’ Books Written By Your Favorite Celebrities
These books for kids by much-loved celebs are bound to inspire a new generation of superfans.
Tim Mountain · 3 months ago
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When they aren’t dazzling the red carpet, cutting a hit record, or gracing the big or small screens, a handful of celebrities have been keeping themselves busy writing best selling kids’ books. Here are eight celeb-authored books that will inspire wonder, curiosity, and laughter — and may inspire a new generation of superfans for these well-known figures.
Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon, beloved host of NBC’s The Tonight Show, wanted so badly for his daughter’s first word to be “DADA” that he started calling everything dada: her milk bottle, ice cream, and even strawberries. While it didn’t quite work out for Jimmy (her first word ended up being mama), he wrote this fun book to teach kids that everything is dada! Since then, he’s released two sequels, Everything Is MAMA and This Is BABY, and has joked about writing a Boston-themed one called “GO SOX.”
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar-winning star of Us, Black Panther, and 12 Years a Slave, is known for her impassioned performances on screen, and her book Sulwe is no less beautiful. Born with skin “the color of midnight,” Sulwe embarks on a journey to discover the light within herself. Inspired by Nyong’o’s own childhood rarely seeing Black characters represented in kids’ books, Sulwe is a heartwarming story sure to delight little ones of all backgrounds.
The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Heart
Eleanor Shellstrop may not fit into The Good Place, but actress and singer Kristen Bell wants every kid in the world to fit in as a purple person. Purple people are kind, ask great questions, laugh, and work hard, and the book’s protagonist, Penny Purple, teaches how to do it all with enthusiasm. A #1 New York Times bestseller, The World Needs More Purple People is a fun book with great lessons to boot.
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
B.J. Novak is best known as a writer and executive producer for NBC’s The Office, on which he also played the ne’er-do-well temp, Ryan Howard. The Book with No Pictures is a clever send-up of the idea that books without pictures are boring — even as it forces the reader to say non-boring things they normally wouldn’t, like “my head is made of blueberry pizza!” Novak’s book pushes the boundaries of what kids’ books can do and is hilarious from start to finish. He has also released a sequel, The Alphabet Book with No Pictures, a similarly goofy book about the alphabet.
Peanut Goes for the Gold by Jonathan Van Ness
Peanut is here to get you in the Olympic spirit! The story follows Peanut, a nonbinary guinea pig, on a quest to do everything with a twist. When Peanut discovers rhythmic gymnastics, they know this is the sport just for them. Peanut works hard to choreograph the perfect routine that beats to its own drum while showcasing their bold personality. Follow along and see if Peanut wins gold in the heartwarming tale written by Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness.
I Promise by LeBron James
Hoops superstar LeBron James knows the importance of the promises big and small that we make to ourselves, to our families, and to our communities. And in this beautifully-illustrated, surprisingly moving picture book for kids, he also says the real-real thing: Sometimes it's hard to keep your promises. But that's exactly why they're so important. "When I was growing up in Akron, I always had big dreams," he writes. "Because of the situation we were in, I didn't always know if those dreams would be possible. The purpose of these promises we make to ourselves and to each other, and that we're sharing with kids across the world in this book, is to tell them they can do anything they put their minds to if they commit to doing the hard work."
The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker
Multi-talented actress and singer Ali Stroker made history when she won the Tony Award for her performance in Broadway's Oklahoma! In her first chapter book for middle-grade readers, we meet 13-year-old Nat, who's completely obsessed with musicals and dreams of zooming onto the stage in her wheelchair as the lead in her school's production of Wicked. Her determination, talent, and humor make this a winning tale for kids with big dreams.
She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton, best-selling author and daughter of Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton, wrote She Persisted as a way of telling the stories of American women who have shaped the future of their country, despite facing difficult obstacles. The book includes figures like abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and journalist Nellie Bly. Clinton has written multiple sequels, including She Persisted in Sports and She Persisted Around the World, which are sure to inspire readers of all ages.