Many celebrities are jumping into the book game. Some celebs write memoirs, cookbooks, or general non-fiction, while others get into books for children. Actor Will Smith just released a book for kids, and actress Lupita Nyong’o announced she is releasing a children’s book this coming October. We also heard that rapper/producer Timbaland released a children’s book this spring.
Keep reading to see our list of 10 Black Celebrities that Wrote a Children’s Book.
Actor Will Smith partnered with author Denene Millner to release in children’s book inspired by his classic tv show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The Fresh Princess series is a 3-book deal with publisher Harper Collins. The first book in the series was released in April. The first book in the series is a new spin on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air story. Click here to read more.
Rapper/Producer Timbaland just released a children’s book this may. His book Nighttime Symphony, is about all the sounds of the city that help make up a nighttime lullaby for a young boy. Click here to read more.
Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowery have released a four book series for tweens. Their Twintuition series is about twin sisters that discover their powers to see things before they happen. Check out this magical four book series about twin sisters with a powerful gift and an even stronger connection. Click here to read more.
Award winning actress, Octavia Spencer has middle-grade two book series. Her Ninja Detective series is mystery series featuring a ninja detective. Click here to read more.
Actor Taye Diggs has three books out geared towards kids. His books highlight differences between people and the experiences of African-American children. Click here to read more.
Filmmaker Spike Lee has co-authored three children’s books with his wife Tonya Lee. Their children’s books are aimed to inspire reading among young black children. Click here to read more.
Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg has released several children’s books. She has a popular six book series published by Disney Book Group. Whoopi’s Sugar Plum Ballerinas series focuses on a different ballerina each book, highlighting friendship and different life lessons for young girls. Click here to read more.
Academy Award winner, Viola Davis has a children’s book out. Davis takes the classic teddy bear character, Corduroy and introduces him to theater life. Click here to read more.
Actor/Comedian Nick Cannon has two books out for children. His poetry book, Neon Aliens Ate My Homework, combines hip-hop and poetry to connect with kids. Nick Cannon also wrote a Christmas children’s book featuring his twins Moroccan and Monroe. Click here to read more.
NBA All Star Chris Paul is an athlete that written a children’s book. Long Shot, Never Too Small to Dream big is written by Paul and illustrated by famous black artist, Frank Morrison. Click here to read more.
Actress Garcelle Beauvais wrote a 3 book series for children. Her books focus on identity issues relevant to many children. Featured characters include a mixed race brother and sister. Beauvais’ books teach children about being different and unique, as well coping with divorcing parents. The series is printed on 100% recycled paper, and there’s even a forward by Halle Berry in book 1 of the series. Click here to read more.
Look out for children’s books being released this fall from rapper Nas, and Actress Lupita Nyong’o.
Hope you enjoyed this list. Be sure to pick up a book for your shorty.