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Published on February 19th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books


Favorite Children’s Books of famous Actresses

These are the kids’ books that have delighted, entertained and inspired some of our best loved, most well-known and talented actresses. These are the favorite children’s books of famous actresses.

Natalie Portman
Born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel and when Portman was three years old, the family moved to the United States. At 10 years old, a representative of Revlon found her at a pizza parlor and asked her if she wanted to model. Portman turned her down and said that, all things considered, she would much rather act. Along with acting, Portman was a research assistant in a psychology lab and put in some time working for the youngest law professor in the history of Harvard, Alan Dershowitz.

The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. This new edition restores diary entries omitted from the original edition, revealing a new depth to Anne’s dreams, irritations, hardships, and passions. Like many young girls, she often found herself in disagreements with her mother. And like any teenager, she veered between the carefree nature of a child and the full-fledged sorrow of an adult. Anne emerges as more real, more human, and more vital than ever. If you’ve never read this remarkable autobiography, do so. If you have read it, you owe it to yourself to read it again.


Nicole Kidman
Born June 20, 1967, in Honolulu, but grew up in Sydney, Australia. As a schoolgirl she attended a local theater group and, encouraged by director Jane Campion, made a notable film debut in Bush Christmas (1983). Along with many notable film roles Kidman is an ambassador for UNIFEM – due to her strong belief in women’s rights. She has traveled to third-world countries for the organization as both a speaker and ambassador. At her wedding to Keith Urban, guests were asks to donate to UNIFEM in lieu of gifts.

The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis

Experience all seven tales of C. S. Lewis’s classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, in one impressive paperback volume! Epic battles between good and evil, fantastic creatures, betrayals, heroic deeds, and friendships won and lost all come together in this unforgettable world, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years. Unabridged and arranged in C. S. Lewis’s preferred order – each chapter is graced with an illustration by the original artist, Pauline Baynes.


Courteney Cox-Arquette
Born June 15, 1964, Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the 90’s sitcom Friends. Her first big break, however, was being cast by Brian De Palma in the Bruce Springsteen video Dancing in The Dark. A few years later, she was chosen out of thousands of hopefuls to play Michael J. Fox’s girlfriend, psychology major Lauren Miller in Family Ties (1982).

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiller
by E. L. Konigsburg

After reading this book, you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They’re standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits!


Daryl Hannah
Born December 3, 1960, Daryl Christine Hannah is an American film actress. She is best known for her performances in the films Blade Runner, Splash, Roxanne, Wall Street, Steel Magnolias, and Kill Bill. However, her true love is her environmental work – she’s been arrested multiple times for her activism (In 2012, after protesting and trying to halt the construction of an oil pipeline designed to bring crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast). She also leads an eco-conscious lifestyle, pumps well water and relies on solar power at home.

Horton Hears A Who!
by Dr. Seuss

In this timeless, moving, and comical classic we discover that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.” Thanks to the irrepressible rhymes and eye-catching illustrations, young readers will learn kindness and perseverance from the very determined—and very endearing — Horton the elephant.


Marlee Matlin
Born in Illinois in 1965, Marlee Martin lost her hearing at around 18-months of age but nonetheless pursued and acting career and became highly successful, winning an Academy Award in 1986 for her role in Children of a Lesser God. Just 21 years old, Matlin was the youngest performer ever to receive the “best actress” award, as well as the first hearing-impaired person to be given the honor. In 2002, she got her first novel printed, Deaf Child Crossing, which is loosely based on her childhood. She also wrote a sequel called Nobody’s Perfect.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum

The classic American fairy tale is one of the staples of American literature. The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz – after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a Tornado. Since it’s publication in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stimulated the imagination of young and old for generations. Interestingly, the film adaptation didn’t come about until 1939 – a full 39 years since the book was first published!


Kathy Bates
Born Kathleen Doyle “Kathy” Bates on June 28, 1948 – American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to prominence with her performance in Misery, for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes, before playing a featured role as Molly Brown in Titanic. Kathy has been the Executive Committee Chair of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.

Beyond the Paw Paw Trees: The Story of Anna Lavinia
by Palmer Brown

It all began on a lavender blue day—the kind of day when anything can happen. It was on such a day that Anna Lavinia’s father saw a double rainbow and went chasing after it. And it is on such a day that she and her cat, Strawberry, set off on their journey beyond the walled garden where the pawpaw trees grow, to a place where the buttercups bloom pink and the laws of gravity don’t always apply. Here Anna Lavinia will test her mother’s advice “Never believe what you see,” against her father’s wise words “Believe only what you see,” and just maybe she’ll finally be able to use the mysterious silver key her father left behind when he went chasing after rainbows.


Bette Midler
Born December 1, 1945 in Hawaii, Bette Midler is an American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian and film producer. In the early 1970s, Midler began singing in clubs and news of her rich and distinctive voice began to spread. The owner of The Continental Baths, a well-known gay ‘bathhouse’ or men’s club, offered her a job, performing cabaret. In fact, Bette Midler went from a pineapple factory worker to a Broadway star in less than one year! Midler founded the New York Restoration Project in 1995 – a non-profit organization that helps revitalize green spaces in low income neighborhoods of New York City.

Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.

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