Bill Cosby 1 of 10He’s a comedian, educator, actor, musician, philanthropist, father, children’s author … really, what can't Bill Cosby do? In his Little Bill series, he teaches kids they can solve any problem, from bullies to a fear of the dark, if they set their mind to it. Each book also includes an introduction from a clinical psychologist that offers guidance on the situation covered in the story, so parents can apply the lesson learned in real life. Whether you do it over a bowl of Jell-O is up to you.
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Mia Hamm 2 of 10If you often find yourself repeating that age-old "winning isn't everything" mantra to your ultra-competitive kiddos, and it's still falling on deaf ears, then kick up your lecture with Mia Hamm's Winners Never Quit! As one of the best American female soccer players of all time (and the ultimate soccer mom!), Hamm writes a lighthearted but poignant story about a young athlete who must learn that, in order to win, one must first learn to be a team player, to compete for the love of the game, and to lose (or, for that matter, win) with grace. If your little ones take to the message in both sports and life, everybody wins!
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Barack Obama 3 of 10Before he was inaugurated into the Oval Office, the now "First Dad" wrote a love letter to his daughters in the form of a children's book. In Of Thee I Sing, Obama profiles thirteen great Americans of the past with varied backgrounds and achievements, all of whom embody qualities he sees in his own children. The book offers a strong message of patriotism, passion, and self-confidence, and its proceeds go to Fisher House Foundation's Heroes' Legacy Scholarship program, which provides aid to the children of fallen and disabled veterans. An inspirational history lesson and a charitable cause? Hail to the chief!
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Julianne Moore 4 of 10Julianne Moore based the Freckleface Strawberry series on her own childhood experiences of being teased on the playground. The books encourage kids to embrace their appearances and their differences from one another. In a society that places heavy emphasis on the physical, Moore offers a kid-friendly message about true beauty — inside and out.
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Jamie Lee Curtis 5 of 10The former "scream queen" explores her softer side in a plethora of charming children's books that find positive values and lessons in silly or awkward moments, like feeling okay about giving the wrong answer in class (I'm Gonna Like Me), appreciating your mom (My Mommy Hung the Moon), going through the struggles of self-control (It's Hard to Be Five), and understanding grown-ups' vocabulary (Big Words for Little People). With cheeky rhymes and bold illustrations, Curtis' books make ordinary life lessons a joy to both teach and learn.
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Jane Seymour and James Keach 6 of 10Influenced by their twin boys, husband-and-wife team Seymour and Keach co-write the This One 'n That One series, which follows the wacky adventures of the Malibu Cat family. The books are light on the morals and instead have a humorous take on simple kid things, like jumping on the bed or stealing cookies. But in the end, the most important take-away is the celebration of family.
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Maria Shriver 7 of 10Political activist, journalist, and former First Lady of California penned What is Heaven?, What's Wrong with Timmy?, and What's Happening to Grandpa? to help parents answer their kids' tough questions about death and mental illness. With soft pastel illustrations and simple storylines, Shriver's books tenderly educate on a message of acceptance.
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Henry Winkler 8 of 10Yep, even the Fonz jumped on the celebrity children's book train. Along with writing partner Lin Oliver, Winkler writes the Hank Zipzer: World's Best Underachiever series, in which a very smart boy tackles his learning challenges in creative and elaborate ways. Whether the books impact a kid dealing with learning differences or just make someone laugh, the series strives to approach the issue with gentle humor that is both relatable and entertaining.
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Julie Andrews 9 of 10With over four decades of experience in writing and publishing children's literature, Julie Andrews has lately been partnering up with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton in more recent writing pursuits. Among many kid projects, the mother-daughter team wrote the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, which delivers a positive tune about teamwork, loyalty, and appreciating the value of experience and old things as much as new.
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Madonna 10 of 10From material to maternal, Madonna started an unexpected career as a children's book writer with her internationally-acclaimed English Roses series, which centers on five schoolgirls in London working through their growing pains. At an age when best friends can also be big rivals, young girls can begin to navigate the challenges and find some comfort in these books. Come high school, follow up the series with a DVD of Mean Girls, and hopefully your daughter will be all set!
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