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These 13 celebs wrote children’s books

Calling all bookworms! We have something special for you in honor of Read Across America Day.

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What is Read Across America Day?

Read Across America Day (formerly known as Dr. Seuss Day, but renamed to focus on more diverse and inclusive children’s books) is a nationwide holiday that encourages children from all over the country to read.

But why stop at children? Bring out your inner child with these children’s books written by Hollywood celebrities!

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Once upon a time in Hollywood…

At the very beginning of quarantine (sheesh that was almost one year ago), celebrities went on the @savewithstories Instagram to read children’s books to families across the globe.

Hollywood celebs from near and far hopped on screen to read a children’s book.

Celebrities like Taye Diggs (who read Chocolate Me by him), Kate Winslet (who read The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss), Gabrielle Union (who read Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry), and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex (who read Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal along with her son Archie) participated. Some celebrities read classic children’s books while others read their very own children’s books.

Now, let’s run down some children’s book ideas, all authored by Hollywood celebs! 

Taye Diggs: Mixed Me and Chocolate Me

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Joanna Gaines: We Are the Gardeners

Jonathan Van Ness: Peanut Goes for the Gold

Lupita Nyong’o: Sulwe

Katie Couric: The Brand New Kid

Jimmy Fallon: Everything is Mama

Kamala Harris: Superheroes Are Everywhere

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Jamie Lee Curtis: This Is Me

Matthew Gray Gubler: Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

Emma Thompson: The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit

Kelly Clarkson: River Rose and the Magical Lullaby

Jill Biden: Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops

Dolly Parton helps put your kids to bed

At the beginning of quarantine, Dolly Parton hosted a read-aloud YouTube series called Goodnight with Dolly, where she read select Imagination Library books to fans. See episode eight below where she reads her own book called I Am a Rainbow:

Luckily, all of the episodes are still available on Youtube so you can rewatch them with your kids before bed.

We hope these gave you some new children’s book ideas to add to your bookshelf!

What are you reading? Let us know your favorite children’s book (or any book) on Twitter and don’t forget to stop scrolling for a bit and open up a book today!

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