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		<h6>Children's Books</h6>
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Children's Books

    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.

    Julianne Moore

    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.”

    Molly Shannon

    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.”

    Fran Drescher

    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.”

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