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