1. The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
You all remember Julie Andrews singing in the countryside during The Sound of Music or playing Anne Hathaway’s royal grandma in The Princess Diaries, but who knew she had a series of children’s books?
The Very Fairy Princess series features a sassy little girl named Gerry who, despite her not-so-proper etiquette, believes herself to be a VERY fairy princess. Andrews and her co-writer/daughter Emma Walton Hamilton use this series to tell children to believe in themselves and share their inner sparkle, what’s cuter than that?
2. By My Brother’s Side by Tiki and Ronde Barber
You remember Tiki and Ronde Barber don’t you? Twins who happen to be NFL All Stars? Right, well when they weren’t busy completing passes on the football field, they were writing eight children’s books (that’s impressive!).
The first book the Barber’s wrote together, By My Brother’s Side, is based on the twins’ childhood and emphasizes the values of family, hard work, and determination. You will not be prepared for these macho football players to bring a tear to your eye through their heartwarming children’s book. Consider yourself warned!
3. Just the Two of Us by Will Smith
Yes, it’s true, the original Fresh Prince has written a children’s book! When I discovered this book I couldn’t imagine the star of I Am Legend and Men in Black creating a picture book, but once I opened the book all my doubts drifted away.
The actor, musician, and father took his single “Just the Two of Us” and turned it into a beautiful book. The book tells a touching story of a father’s love for his child as they grow, proving that Smith is a big teddy bear underneath that rock hard body.
Take a trip down memory lane and revisit the music video before heading out to get that book
4. The English Roses by Madonna
As if Madonna didn’t have enough going on with her music, clothing lines and simply being fabulous beyond belief, she too has a children’s book series.
The English Roses is about a group of girlfriends dealing with jealousy, friendship, and feelings. It’s written in a questionnaire format, which makes it quite entertaining to get to know the leading ladies of the story.
The characters in this book are quite glamorous, similar to how I imagine Madonna to have been as a young girl. Most importantly, The English Roses website immediately made me want to drop everything to have scones and tea.
5. Playground by 50 Cent
This book caught me the most off-guard. Yes, rap superstar 50 Cent has written a YA novel (excuse me?).
It’s definitely unexpected. His main character, a chubby Long Islander named Butterball, has decided he’s had enough of being teased. His weapon of choice? A sock full of D-batteries. 50 Cent has blown my mind with this anti-bullying novel; it is something worth checking out.
Who knows, picture books might just be the next big thing in Hollywood!