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Mario Lopez has a new gig as children's book author

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Mario and baby gia

Extra host Mario Lopez loves being a father so much that he has decided to write a children’s book, called Mario and Baby Gia.

Mario Lopez and Gia

The modern day celebrity usually does not feel like they have really made it unless they have a perfume or they've written a book -- and Mario Lopez decided on a book. A children's book, that is.

Lopez has teamed up with Celebra Children's Books to write Mario and Baby Gia, which is about his adorable daughter Gia Francesca.

Gia is the first daughter of Lopez and his girlfriend, actress Courtney Mazza. Lopez, who rose to fame in the '80s playing A.C. Slater on Saved by the Bell, has written three fitness books, including Knockout Fitness, Extra Lean and Extra Lean Life.

So, what will Mario and Baby Gia be about? The 32-page book is listed at a reading level of ages 4-8. The synopsis of the book, according to Amazon, is the following: "Mario is having a hard time finding someone to play with. His sister, Marissa, is playing with Cousin Rosie, and his cousin Chico is off to baseball practice. When Nana asks Mario to babysit his cousin Gia while she bakes, he finds that babies can be a handful. But even when he feels that he has reached the end of his rope, it is baby Gia who reminds Mario that a family is built on love and caring."

Lopez joins fellow celebrities turned children's authors, including Kathy Lee Gifford, Weird Al Yankovic, Kristi Yamaguchi, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steve Martin, Julie Andrews, Jeff Foxworthy and Bob Dylan.

Mario and Baby Gia will hit stores September 27th, 2011.

Tell us: Would you read Mario Lopez's children's book?

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