My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me
By Julianne Moore and Meilo So
You may only know Julianne Moore as an award-winning actress, but she's also a children's book author. To date, she's written three books and her fourth, My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me, will be released on Aug. 27th. In her latest children's book, she pays homage to all moms, no matter where they are from. Written as a tribute to Moore's own foreign mom, it's a vividly illustrated book that celebrates different cultures in our diverse world. Fun fact: Julianne Moore's first book, Freckleface Strawberry, was so popular it was made into an off-Broadway musical.
How Roland Rolls
by Jim Carrey and Rob Nason
Roland is a wave who worries that when he hits the shore, his life will be over. But then Roland starts believing he's not just a little ol' wave, he's the entire ocean! Jim Carrey's How Roland Rolls is not just a fun book with amazing illustrations, but it also has a deeper meaning about humanity using the ocean as a metaphor. You're child (age 4-8) may not pick up on that concept immediately, but it can start a great conversation between you.
The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit
by Octavia Spencer and Vivienne To
The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective) is a middle-grade novel that will have your child feverishly turning the pages to find out if Randi Rhodes, the world's first ever ninja detective (inspired by Bruce Lee) and her best friend, D.C., are able to track down a time capsule that has mysteriously gone missing from Deer Creek. Usually the town's main attraction at the Founder's Day Festival, it has disappeared and it's up to Randi and D.C. to find it.
My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives
by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell
Jamie Lee Curtis has ten best-selling children's books under her belt. Her latest, My Brave Year of Firsts (ages 4-8), which came out last year, is like her others: free spirited and humorous with a positive message. And it's lines like this that make you immediately fall in love with the story: The first time I rode a two-wheeler alone, I crashed and my mom filmed it on her iPhone… This fun book is full of grand illustrations (check out the cover for an idea of what's inside) and weaves a fun story about new things your child will try as he becomes more experimental and brave. From riding a bike to helping her dad, Frankie learns that trying new things means growing up.
by Tori Spelling and Vanessa Brantley Newton
Tori Spelling, the New York Times bestselling author of four memoirs and a book about entertaining, wrote her first children's book last year. Presenting Tallulah is the story of Tallulah, a little girl who's always been told what she should not do. (Don't talk loudly, don't get dirty.) But Tallulah has a much different idea about the kind of girl she is and about the things she wants to do. Your child will love reading about this spunky girl and her fun group of friends. Not to mention, the book has a fabulous message about being yourself.
Mario and Baby Gia
by Mario Lopez and Maryn Roos
Maybe you know Mario Lopez from the hit TV show, Saved by The Bell or perhaps you're more familiar with him as a correspondent for Extra. But did you know he also wrote a children's book inspired by his relationship with his first baby daughter, Gia? A sweet story about Mario, a boy who has no one to play with. His sister Marrisa is busy playing with Cousin Rosie. His cousin, Chico, has other plans. And then Mario finds unexpected fun with baby Gia.