Poll: When Actors Write Kid's Books
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Poll by: yrnej
Created Sep 5 2018
(as Julie Andrews Edwards) - A Very Fairy Princess series (eight books) - While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess. From morning to night, Gerry does everything that fairy princesses do. But it isn't all twirls and tiaras - as every fairy princess knows, dirty fingernails and scabby knees are just the price you pay for a perfect day! - Also the Little Bo series (four books), the Dumpy series (12 books) and six other books
Sheetzu Caca Poopoo: My Kind of Dog - When Max the mixed-breed meets a pack of snobby purebred dogs in the dog run, he can't understand why they don't want to play with him and his mongrel friends. Determined to get everyone to play together, brainy Max comes up with a way to break the ice between the mixed-breeds and the purebreds. Also one other book
Michael Ian Black
I'm Bored - Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isn’t going to let a vegetable tell her what’s what, so she sets out to show the unimpressed potato all the amazing things kids can do. Also six other books
How Roland Rolls - A story about a wave named Roland who's afraid that, one day, when he hits the beach, his life will be over. But when he gets deep, he's struck by the notion that he's not just a wave - he's the whole big, wide ocean!
River Rose and the Magical Lullaby - It's a big day for River Rose—she's going to the zoo! But when she's too excited to fall asleep the night before, it takes a magical lullaby from Mom to send River Rose off on a dream adventure! Come along on this bedtime journey with an original lullaby that parents and kids are sure to love! Also one other book
I Already Know I Love You - Grandpa can hardly wait! Starting with the anticipation of a new baby's arrival, this book celebrates all the moments, great and small, that a new grandpa is ready to share. Whether it's taking a nap together or attending baseball games, this grandpa just can't wait for his grandchild to be born. Also one other book
Jamie Lee Curtis
Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day - Silly, cranky, excited or sad—everyone has moods that can change each day. And that's okay! Follow the boisterous, bouncing protagonist as she explores her moods and how they change from day to day. Also 12 other books
Being Wendy - A girl lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box. These boxes are labeled with what each person does. These boxes are worn for life and Wendy has to choose hers soon. How will she ever decide on just one box? She's interested in so many things! Wendy's moxie makes her break out of her box. And she sets the whole town on end when she does!
Dirt on My Shirt: Selected Poems - This collection of poems creates a neighborhood filled with fun, family, friends and more. Here you'll meet Cousin Lizzy, Uncle Ed and Aunt Foo Foo, cows with horns that don't go beep, dads in sweaters, also sheep. These poems capture the very essence of being a kid. Also two other books
The Flanimals series (five books) - Blimple Sprent, Clunge Ambler, Glonk and Wobboid Mump are just some of the weird and wonderful creatures you'll meet. Young children will love the pictures, adults will laugh at the descriptions of the seemingly useless animals and their behaviors.
Kathie Lee Gifford
The Gift That I Can Give - A heartwarming story of how all children have something they can do today to make a difference. Whether it is being kind, giving a family member an extra-big squeeze, visiting someone who is sick or cheering on a friend, this story will inspire children, leading them to want to read it again and again. Also four other books
The Sugar Plum Ballerinas series (six books) - Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson does not want to be a beautiful ballerina, and she does not want to leave her friends in Apple Creek. Unfortunately, that doesn't stop her ballet-crazy mother from moving them to Harlem, or from enrolling Al at the Nutcracker School of Ballet. Also two other books
Queen of the Scene - This little ruler of the playground has got game. Basketball, stickball, jump–rope, soccer–there's nothing she won't try. And watch out, boys, because she's representing all the ladies and has girl power to the max.
Please, Baby, Please - A behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby! Vivid illustrations evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to crib. Also two other books
How To Be The Funniest Kid in the Whole Wide World (or Just in Your Class) - If you want to be funny, this book is for you! Book of humor and wisecracks contains hundreds of original jokes and bits of advice. Chock-full of knock-knock jokes, hilarious puns and tips for making a career in comedy. Also one other book
The One-Minute Stories series (seven books) - Many of our basic children's stories are well worth passing on as part of our cultural heritage. The only catch is this: These tales were written in another time, when life was lived at a slower pace, with fewer distractions and fewer available forms of entertainment. In their long form, the classic stories often don't fit our present needs. Also the Lamb Chop series (four books)
The Palooza Readers series (18 books) - A palooza is easy to do! A palooza doesn't cost much (some cost absolutely nothing). A palooza may secretly teach children (and parents!) a thing or two. A palooza is entertaining for the entire family. A palooza depends entirely on the inexhaustible creativity, ingenuity, imagination and sense of fun of young minds. Also The Boredom Blasters series (four books) and 10 other books
Mud Tacos - Would you eat a wormy, squirmy mud taco? Marissa loves her big brother, Mario. He always comes up with fun ideas. When playing in their nana's backyard, they decide to make some wormy, squirmy mud tacos. That gives Mario an idea - how about some real tacos for lunch. Before long it is off to the store with Nana. Also one other book
The English Roses series (12 books) - A story of rivalry and friendship among schoolgirls in contemporary London. Four girls are the very best of friends. They have sleepovers, picnics and ice-skating parties that exclude Binah, a girl with a seemingly perfect life. A feisty, pumpernickel-loving fairy godmother takes them on a magical journey. Also three other books
The Alphabet from A to Y With Bonus Letter Z! - The ABCs have never had it so good. In twenty-six alliterative couplets, the book conjures up much more than mere apples and zebras. Instead we meet Horace the hare, whose hairdo hides hunchbacks and Ollie the owl, who owed Owen an oboe. Also one other book
My Little Girl - Ordinary days are magical when spent with those you love. Dad and his little girl, along with their very large bloodhound, set off on an ordinary day and turn it into a wonderful adventure. Also two other books
The Freckleface Strawberry series (eight books) - If you have freckles, you can try these things: 1) Make them go away. Unless scrubbing doesn't work. 2) Cover them up. Unless your mom yells at you for using a marker. 3) Disappear. There's one other thing you can do: 4) LIVE WITH THEM! Because after all, the things that make you different also make you YOU. Also one other book
The Otto Undercover series (six books) - All about Jake Eboy, known as "Otto Pillip" to disguise his identity. The fake name was created by his parents to protect him. Although he has all kinds of adventures in his self-invented racecar named Racecar, his main aim is to find his parents and defeat their enemies.
Broadway Barks - In a park in New York City lives a lonely little dog. He remembers when he used to get taken for walks, fed dinner every night and told he was a good dog. Now, he's all alone and must fend for himself. Then he sees a lady reading in the park and decides to follow her all the way to a place where he might become a star! Also two other books
Raymie, Dickie and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers - Raymie has two brothers, Dickie and the Bean. One day Raymie's family takes a trip to the amusement park. When they get to the park, Raymie and Dickie can't wait to ride the Vomitizer because it's the scariest ride in the whole park. But first Mom makes them ride on Chuckie the Choo-Choo with Bean. Having a younger brother can really mess up the fun.
Halloween - So the first time you hear the concept of Halloween when you're a kid, your brain can't even understand it. "What is this? What did you say? Someone's giving out candy? Who's giving out candy? EVERYONE WE KNOW is giving out candy? I gotta be a part of this!" Jerry Views on Halloween, from Superman costumes that look like pajamas to the agony of getting bad trick-or-treat candy.
Welcome to Your World, Baby - Becoming a big sister is a big event! There's so much to share - and do - and celebrate! Paints a warm and loving picture of the joys of sisterhood in this merry book with exuberant artwork.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Girls Hold Up This World - This celebrates the warmth and heart of young women. While so many girls today struggle with self-doubt, this poem focuses on the power ALL girls have within them, regardless of color or creed. The perfect book for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends to give and to share again and again.
Presenting...Tallulah - All her life, Tallulah has heard what she's not supposed to do: Don't get dirty…don't talk loudly…don't wear jeans like all the other kids. "You're not that kind of girl," everybody keeps telling her. Tallulah knows plenty about what she can't do and what she shouldn't do, about what kind of girl she isn't. But it's up to her to figure out what kind of girl she is.
Propeller One-Way Night Coach: A Fable for All Ages - When his actress mother decides to move to Hollywood, Jeff, an eight-year-old boy who dreams of flying in a plane, begins his journey with connecting flights, airline food, stopovers and time spent in first class.
The Hank Zipzer series (17 books) - Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, whose undiagnosed dyslexia made him a classic childhood underachiever, the Hank Zipzer series is about the high-spirited and funny adventures of a boy with learning differences. Also the Here's Hank series (nine books) and the Ghost Buddy series (four books)
'Weird Al' Yankovic
When I Grow Up - It's Show-and-Tell time in Mrs. Krupp's class, and Billy just can't wait for his turn! Today the class is discussing what they want to be when they grow up, and our exuberant eight-year-old hero is bursting to tell everyone about his future career plans. Also one other book
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