Jimmy Fallon Is Your Kid’s Favorite Author
Plus 11 more celebrities who penned great children’s books
As usual, Jimmy Fallon nailed it. This time, it’s the release of his first children’s book, which he admits was inspired by his shameless desire to get his two daughters to like him more than his wife. (Good luck, dads everywhere.)
But he’s not the only celeb interested in the world of children’s literature. Check out these 12 famous people vying for a spot at library story hour.
Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA is a series of funny illustrations of animals that try (and fail) to get their offspring to say, you know, “dada.” Fallon has said it reflects his own struggle to become his daughters’ preferred parent. (Ha.)
Octopus’s Garden is Beatles drummer Starr’s colorful, kid-friendly interpretation of the classic song. It comes with a CD of the underwater-themed tune.
POTUS’s Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters is a morals-shaping history lesson that explores the stories of Americans like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Georgia O’Keeffe. And yes, it's pretty much as dry as it sounds.
Of course Madge wrote an entire boxed set of weird-ass, British sounding children’s lit: The English Roses, Mr. Peabody's Apples, Yakov and the Seven Thieves, The Adventures of Abdi and Lotsa de Casha. She said Roses was inspired by daughter Lourdes’s being teased about her famous mother at school; Slate searingly analyzed her intent when the book was released in 2003.
Think kids' books need visuals? Think again. Comedian B.J. Novak's hilarious The Book With No Pictures works under the premise that anything on the page must be read aloud. Including words like "Blork" or "Blurf."
Moore grew up to be the red-haired beauty, but once upon a time she was a little girl with freckles. Her lively, adorable Freckleface Strawberry series is about accepting the differences in others. Awwwww.
What happens to Fido when baby comes along? It’s a quandry that even reality stars’ pets face--which is why Frankel wrote Cookie Meets Peanut.
Martin isn’t just a great actor--the man can write, and he plays a mean banjo, too. It all comes together in Late for School, his illustrated adventure story that comes with a CD of Martin strumming and singing his way through the tale. (Martin also wrote The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!)
The Rolling Stones guitarist learned about music at the knee of his grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree, who played big-band jazz. Richards later wrote Gus and Me: The Story of My Grandad and My First Guitar--and he also named his daughter Theodora.
Book-and-CD-combos for the win: In That’s What I’d Do, mom and folk princess Jewel delivers a tender lullaby about the bond between mother and child in print and in song. She followed it up with Sweet Dreams (same format).
The skater had a New York Times best seller on her hands with Dream Big, Little Pig, the tale of a potbellied ice whiz who went on to still more adventures in It’s a Big World, Little Pig. A gold medal and a writing career? What can't Yamaguchi do?