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Presidents, Actors, and Royalty: Children’s Books Written by Famous People

When we think of authors, people who make a career out of writing often come to mind, but sometimes a dark horse can pop up from behind and surprise us. It seems that even people famous for their political acumen or their stage presence can still dream of being authors because many of them end up writing children’s books.

I’ve listed some of the most interesting books here.

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Tea for Ruby, 2008

This book was written by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. (She may be better known as ‘Fergie.’)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, 2010

In 2010, US President Barack Obama wrote a children’s book that celebrates 13 noteworthy Americans and describes how he sees the strength of those individuals in his own daughters.

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The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer, 1995

Obama isn’t the only president to have written a children’s book. In 1995, Jimmy Carter published a children’s book that was illustrated by his daughter. And, of course, it has a stellar name. Who doesn’t love a baby snoogle-fleejer?

Read All About It!, 2008

To ensure that US first ladies weren’t left out of the book writing trend, Laura Bush, wife of former US President George W. Bush, wrote a children’s book that explores the magic of reading.

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Friends for Life! (The English Roses #1), 2007

Politicians aren’t alone in their literary dreams. In 2007, Madonna published the first children’s book in her The English Roses series. The books follow the lives of a series of girls who live in London.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum Fantastic, 2008

Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg also got in on the action and coauthored a book about a reticent ballerina who is chosen to play the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, regardless of her stage fright.

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Broadway Barks, 2008

Actress Bernadette Peters brings a bit of Broadway flair to this list with her children’s book about an abandoned dog who lives in New York City who becomes a star of the stage.

Just the Two of Us, 2005

Actor Will Smith took a break from fighting aliens to write this book about the relationship between a father and son as that son grows older.

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Halloween, 2008

Last but not least is comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld’s book about the joys of Halloween and all of the candy it brings. (I had to show this particular book cover because the illustrator chose to make an in-text caricature of Seinfeld, and it is terrifying to behold. If you ever become famous, I beg you not to have someone put your face everywhere. I’m going to have nightmares about Seinfeld and his Halloween socks for weeks.)

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These are just a few of the children’s books written by celebrity authors. If you have any favorite books like this that I’ve overlooked, please share it! So many actors, musicians, football players, and politicians have written children’s books that it was difficult to choose only a small collection of them.

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9 thoughts on “Presidents, Actors, and Royalty: Children’s Books Written by Famous People

    1. Hmm, that is a good question! I suspect that most big publishers like having a ‘celebrity’ writer work with them. (Though I imagine that some of these celebrity books have undergone quite a bit of ghostwriting and/or editing.)

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    1. Ha! You do get to the heart of things. I haven’t read all of these, so I can’t say for certain, but I suspect that editors and ghost writers helped translate some of these better than others. (I am a fan of ‘The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer though. I reads much more like a traditional children’s book than many of them seem to.)

      And I’ll admit that I have avoided searching out longer form writing from famous folks for just the reason you mentioned. I’m happy to not read certain books.

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