Top ten kids' books written by celebrities

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Novelist Salman Rushdie appeared this week (21st June, 2011) on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, to stress how important children's books are.
His friend, fellow novelist Martin Amis, recently revealed that he would never consider writing a children's book.

But Salman disagrees and has put his money where his mouth is by writing Luka and the Fire of Life – a book dedicated to his young son, Milo.

The author told Today show listeners: "Children are very discriminating readers. If they don't like a book, they won't read it."

Arts and Crafts company Yellow Moon has lots of great products to encourage little bookworms. The Really Tiny Book Light is perfect for kids who don't want to let the darkness prevent them from reading. The light clips on to the spine of a book and makes pages (and faces) glow during bedtime story time.

And there are so many great books for kids to read late into the night. Some of them are written by famous figures who, ignoring Martin Amis's advice, have taken on the challenging task of writing books for kids!

My Top Ten favourite kids' books written by famous authors

  • The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z was written by American comedian Steve Martin. Since its publication in 2007, infants and pre-schoolers have been learning the alphabet courtesy of Steve's wickedly-funny rhyming couplets.
  • Budgie the Little Helicopter series by Sarah Ferguson – the former Duchess of York's books about the high-life of the helicopters at Harefield Airfield were published between 1989 and 1996 and are still entertaining young readers today.  
  • High in the Clouds by Sir Paul McCartney – this children's adventure novel is about an orphaned squirrel called Wirral who goes on a quest to find a mysterious island full of other animals.
  • Rock Steady: A Story of Noah's Ark by Sting re-tells the famous bible story and gives it a modern twist which kids aged five to eight will love. The book starts with a young couple responding to an advertisement which reads:

Volunteers wanted for a very special trip,
To commune with Mother Nature on a big wooden ship.

What on earth will happen next?

  • Whoopi's Big Book of Manners by Whoopi Goldberg. This book is as full of life and fun as its author. If you want your kids to learn about how to behave in public then you could leave this beautifully-illustrated picture book lying around the living room for them to discover!
  • The English Roses by Madonna is a picture book about the lives of five schoolgirls living in London. There have been 12 books so far in the series: how does Madonna find the time to write them!
  • The Showgirl Princess by Kylie Minogue was published soon after Madonna made her writing debut. Aimed at young readers aged six and upwards, the singer's illustrated book is the perfect read for young girls who like dressing up. If the book has a message it's about believing in yourself and being loyal to your friends.
  • Charlie, Queen of the Desert by Lenny Henry is based on a story the comedian made up to entertain his daughter. It's all about a mischievous tomboy who digs her way to the southern hemisphere where she has adventures with billabongs, boomerangs, kangaroos and didgeridoos.
  • Flanimals by Ricky Gervais. The star of The Office is known for his childish humour so is the perfect person to write a book about a collection of apparently useless animals and their strange behaviour.Children who read the book will get to characters like Munty Flumple, a dopey optimist who falls in love with everything.
  • Billionaire Boy by David Walliams. The Little Britain comedian's third children's book is about Joe Spud, the richest 12-year-old boy in the world. Joe has all that money can buy, he even has an orang-utan for a butler, but lacks just one thing: a friend. You're never alone with a book, Joe!

If your kids do start reading some books by famous authors, bear in mind that Yellow Moon's Coloured Magnetic Bookmark Cards will help them keep their place!

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This article was published on 2011/06/27