We love a book here at haven – there’s no denying that. But we especially love a book written by a celebrity! Here’s a round up of the latest titles bringing smiles to small faces with thanks to clever celebs.
DEFINITELY DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK
By Andy Lee
The fourth book in Andy Lee’s series, Wizz is back, and he’s up to his old tricks again. He DEFINITELY does not want you to read this book, and he’ll use every trick he can think of to stop you reaching the end! What disaster awaits at the end of the book this time? This fun story will delight children and adults alike. Keep turning the pages and find out what happens when you reach the end all over again, if you dare! $19.99 (published September 2019)
GOLDEN UNICORN: RISE OF THE MYTHIX 1
By Anh Do
Kelly Swift is trying hard to be an average teenager, to fit in. But every day her powers are growing: she can run faster than the wind, she can hear people’s thoughts, she is not normal. When her mother is taken by the Soul Collector, Kelly can’t linger in the shadows any longer. But who is she really? Can she be the one in the prophecy? Is she the Golden Unicorn? The Golden Unicorn, the Minotaur and the Griffin – only these three united to a common purpose can fell him who seeks to triumph overall.
Anh Do is one of Australia’s best-loved storytellers. His junior fiction series WeirDo, Hotdog! and Ninja Kid are adored by millions of kids around the country, having sold in excess of 2.5 million books. In his new series Wolf Girl and Rise of the Mythix, Anh brings his talent for break-neck plots and brilliant, relatable characters to a slightly older audience. For ages 10-14. $14.99
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
By Tiffiny Hall and Ed Kavalee
This is the story of my family – first-time Mum, first-time Dad and me. I’m a first-time baby. We’ve never done this before… but I think it’s all going smoothly. Sometimes parenthood isn’t picture-perfect. But from first nappy change to first words, it’s full of love, laughter and unexpected moments. A hilarious and relatable story that perfectly captures all the messy, glorious chaos of a baby’s first year, from two of Australia’s best-loved TV and radio personalities. For ages 2-5. $19.99 (published September 2019)
By Chloe Bayliss
Chloe Bayliss was born to perform and thanks to hard work and determination, was accepted into an international dance school at 16. But overnight a mystery illness took Chloe from starring in Swan Lake to clinging to life in hospital. Against all odds, she found a whole new way to flourish, and despite the challenges she faced, never stopped dreaming big. En Pointe is the story of how an aspiring ballerina became an inspiring young actor after overcoming a life-threatening illness. Miracles really can happen, even if they’re not the ones you asked for. Chloe Bayliss’s television credits including Love Child, Dance Academy and as ‘Hayley’ in Doctor Doctor.
Here are some other international celebs who have, surprisingly, written children’s books over the years.
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
By Barack Obama
In this touching picture book, ex-US President Barack Obama tells the stories of 13 Americans who shaped their country for the better. Profiled individuals include Martin Luther King, Jr., Sitting Bull, and Cesar Chavez.
Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars
By Ricky Martin
Santiago’s biggest dream is to perform on stage. But when he doesn’t get the lead role in the school play, he can’t help but doubt himself. Encouraged by his father’s inspiring words, Santiago rebuilds his confidence and finds that with passion and dedication, you can achieve amazing things beyond your wildest imagination.
From international superstar Ricky Martin, comes a timeless story of a boy who follows his heart and a father who believes in his son’s boundless potential.
The English Roses
Madonna’s beautifully illustrated children’s book series, The English Roses, revolve around five girls and the adventures they go through together. From worrying if one girl will move away to dealing with a baby sister, kids aged 8 to 12 are sure to delight in these gorgeous books.
But, wait, there are even more!
- Will Smith, ‘Just the Two of Us’
- Paul McCartney, ‘High in the Clouds’
- Jim Carrey, ‘How Roland Rolls’
- Queen Latifah, ‘Queen of the Scene’
- Steve Martin, ‘Late for School’
- Prince Charles, ‘The Old Man of Lochnagar’
- Whoopi Goldberg, ‘Sugar Plum Ballerinas’
- Brooke Shields, ‘It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad!’