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From royals and reality stars to rappers and rockers to professional athletes like Kobe Bryant, there’s an increasingly trendy must-have in Hollywood these days — your own children’s book! We rounded up which celebrities wrote children’s books, and it’s a surprisingly long list.
Some stars become inspired after becoming parents (like Kelly Clarkson who has written two books inspired by her daughter, River Rose) or even grandparents, like Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards, who got writing following the birth of his fifth grandchild.
Others draw from childhood struggles (like musician Ricky Martin), social issues (actress Lupita Nyong’o), music (Pharrell) and love – like Bachelor Nation stars Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, who also hope their recent release, Lucy & Clark: A Story of Puppy Love, inspires their future family. “We hope that our future kids, as well as current readers, learn that while everyone has things in life that make them nervous and insecure, facing those fears can help make a person’s life so much richer,” Haibon tells SheKnows about the story.
For many stars, writing a children’s story spins into more than just a one-off bucket list tick, with Jamie Lee Curtis having published 13 children’s books and Glee star Chris Colfer having dropped the 15th book set in his “Land of Stories” universe. And Joanna Gaines has just announced a new book due out in November: The World Needs Who You Were Made to Be.
Here are all the celebrities who have written children’s books in recent years.