Children’s books come in all shapes and sizes, including those written by celebrities. The best of these celebrate diversity, uniqueness, humor, hope and the assurance that when you wish upon a star, dreams really can come true.
Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $16.99)
Story: The third of the best-selling series — and New York musical — Freckleface Strawberry tackles the question of whether boys and girls can be true friends.
Moore’s model: “Freckleface Strawberry was a nickname I had when I was 7,” says Moore, who plays Sarah Palin in HBO’s Game Change next month. Her books address issues such as appearance and bullying “but from a child’s vantage point and with their humor.”
Tilly the Trickster (Abrams Books for Young Readers, $16.95)
Story: Tilly is a mischievous girl born to make trouble. When the tables are turned, however, she may need to rethink her ways.
Shannon's inspiration: Saturday Night Live alum Shannon credits her father for inspiration.
“He was a real trickster and loved to have fun. I have passed that sense of adventure and fun down to my kids,” Stella, 8, and Nolan, 6.
Dionne Warwick and David Freeman Wooley
Little Man (Charlesbridge, $19.95)
Story: Little Man is a young boy whose passion is playing the drums. It includes a CD of the story narrated by Warwick with co-author Wooley on the drums.
Warwick’s moral: The five-time Grammy winner hopes readers learn that “it takes hard work and dedication toward achieving the goal.”
Being Wendy (Penguin Group USA, $17.99)
Story: Wendy lives in an odd town where everyone has to wear a box labeled with his profession. Trouble brews when Wendy thinks outside the box.
Why Drescher wrote it: For young fans of her syndicated ’90s TV show, The Nanny. “I hope both parents and children will be encouraged to embrace and nurture their uniqueness and see it as a good thing.”