Calling all bookworms! We have something special for you in honor of Read Across America Day.
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!
Once upon a time in Hollywood…
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
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
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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