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 · 5 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.
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown’s I Am Perfectly Designed opens with a drawing of a diverse, busy crowd of people happily going about their days, the perfect way to begin a book that celebrates people’s differences. Brown, the Culture Expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye and a licensed psychotherapist, wrote the book with his own son, Jason. The book reminds kids that, although they are different, they are perfectly designed, and there are so many things to love about themselves.
Happy by Pharrell Williams
Thirteen-time Grammy Award-winner Pharrell Williams is known by kids everywhere as the singer of “Happy,” featured in the movie Despicable Me 2. What they may not know is that the song is available in book form, and it’s packed with just as many good vibes and smiles as the song; literally, the book is cover-to-cover with pictures of kids smiling and dancing.
River Rose and the Magical Lullaby by Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson, the first-ever American Idol winner and singer of #1 hit songs “Since U Been Gone” and “Because of You,” started writing River Rose as a way of documenting stories about her daughter, who the book is named after, while they were traveling the world together. The book is about a girl who falls asleep to a lullaby from her mom and is transported on a magical dream adventure. River Rose and the Magical Lullaby is a great book for music lovers and adventurers—and, of course, Kelly Clarkson fans. Clarkson has written one sequel, River Rose and the Magical Christmas.
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.