Are you a Stephen King fan? If you are, you’ll want to pre-order his first-ever children’s book, Charlie the Choo-Choo! He’s written it under the name Beryl Evans, but just like the Richard Bachman books, it really is by King. The book is about friendship as shown between Charlie and his engineer. You can read more about it here. Best of all, it’s out just in time for a boring Thanksgiving drive to Great-Grandma’s house or to put under the Christmas tree. Charlie the Choo-Choo.
Other Celebrity Children’s Books
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has written books for children encouraging her love of poetry. Poems to Learn By Heart.
Years ago, Prince Charles wrote a story for his little brothers, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. It is set near the Royal Family’s Scottish retreat–Balmoral. It’s a fun story and I can just imagine him doing silly voices and weird faces for his brothers amusement. It is out-of-print now, but widely available used. The Old Man of Lochnagar. (The Prince donated all that he earned from the book to his charities.)
Rolling Stone Keith Richards teamed with his daughter, Theodora, to write and illustrate this version of how he became a musician–seems there was more than one musician in this family. Gus & Me by Keith Richards. Read more about the book here.
Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Sting and many others have had their song lyrics turned into children’s books, too.
Actor John Lithgow created the Marsupial Sue series of books and several other children’s books. All the stories are told in a fun fashion. Altogether he’s published more than 10 books on his own and still more with a co-author. All are fun for kids and parents alike. Marsupial Sue.
When she was Crown Princess, Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II illustrated the Danish version of the Lord of the Rings–originally her work was published under an alias. My brother, and many other parents, have enjoyed reading Tolkein’s famous fantasy-adventure aloud. Here’s a link that shows many Queen Margarethe’s illustrations.
You can learn more about Her Majesty’s career as an artist here.