Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Children's Books by Celebrities

One of the presentations I often do at conferences is one where the attendees analyze and form opinions about books written by celebrities.  I have all the copies there to preview as well.  Here is a list of just some of the more popular ones.  Which one's do you like?  How do you feel about "famous people" not necessarily authors/writers being able to publish books for children?

Children's Books by Celebrities
  • Jimmy Buffet, The Jolly Mon 
  • Jimmy & Amy Carter, The Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer 
  • Prince of Wales Charles , The Old Man of Lochnagar 
  • Patricia Cornwell, Life's Little Fable 
  • Bill Cosby, series: Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers 
  • Katie Couric, The Brand New Kid 
  • Mario Cuomo, The Blue Spruce 
  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Where Do Balloons Go?, Tell Me Again About the Night I was Born, Today I Feel Silly, When I Was Little : A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth 
  • Dom DeLuise, Golidlocks, The Nightingale, Charlie the Caterpillar, King 
  • Bob's New Clothes, Hansel and Gretel 
  • Julie Andrews Edwards, Mandy , The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles , Little Bo: The Story of Bonnie Boadicea 
  • Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Hamilton Blake, Dumpy the Dumptruck 
  • Sarah Ferguson (Fergie), Budgie: the Little Helicopter, Budgie: At Bendick's Point 
  • Jerry Garcia, The Teddy Bears' Picnic, There Ain't No Bugs on Me, What will Jenny Jenkins Wear? 
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Alice 
  • Fred Gwynne (Herman Munster), A Chocolate Moose for Dinner, The King Who Rained, A Little Pigeon Toad, Easy to See Why, Pondlarker, The Sixteen-Hand Horse, The Story of Ick, Ick's ABC, What's Nude? 
  • Susan Hampshire, Rosie's Ballet Slippers 
  • Naomi Judd, Naomi Judd's Love Can Build a Bridge, Naomi Judd's Guardian Angels 
  • Larry & Chaia King, Daddy Day, Daughter Day 
  • John Lithgow, The Remarkable Farkle McBride, Marsupial Sue (due out in October) 
  • Bette Midler, The Saga of Baby Divine 
  • Deborah Norville, I Don't Want to Sleep Tonight, I Can Fly (due out in March) 
  • Dolly Parton, Coat of Many Colors 
  • Dini Petty, The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee 
  • Della Reese, God Inside of Me 
  • Faith Ringgold, Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, Tar Beach, The Invisible Princess, If  a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, My Dream of Martin Luther King, Dinner at Aunt Connie's House 
  • (Dr.)  Laura Schlessinger, Why Do You Love Me?, Dr. Laura Schlessinger's But I Waaannt It! 
  • Pete Seeger, Abiyoyo 
  • Jane Seymour (with James Keach), Eat, Talk, Play, Me & Me (all in the This One and That One block books series), Boing!: No Bouncing on the Bed, This 
  • One 'N That One in Splat!: The Tale of a Colorful Cat (both This One 'N That One) 
  • Ally Sheedy, She Was Nice to Mice 
  • (Judge) Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy Sheindlin's You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover: Cool Rules for School, Judge Judy Sheindlin's Win or Lose by How You Choose! 
  • Maria Shriver, What's Heaven? 
  • Carly Simon, Amy the Dancing Bear, The Nighttime Chauffeur, The Fisherman's Song, The Boy of the Bells, Midnight Farm 
  • Will Smith, Just the Two of Us (due out in April) 
  • Danielle Steel, Martha's New Puppy, Max Runs Away 
  • John Travolta, Propeller One-Way Night Coach 

My own personal opinion on the matter follows that of this audio clip by Jon Sciezka, former ambassador for children's literature.  Have a listen HERE.

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