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6 Celebrities Share Their Favourite Children’s Books

Dec 28, 2016

Whether your fondest memories are from when you were doing the reading, or were being read to, we all have that special children's book that makes us smile just upon seeing the cover. From the well-known to the not-so, the best children's titles have a kind of staying power — stories that set up shop in your heart and echo in your mind. The following six kids' books are classic and memorable, and just so happen to be these celebrities' favourites. So I guess it is true — celebrities, they're just like us!


Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak)

Michael Sheen's pick

Actor Michael Sheen says Where The Wild Things Are isn't just his favourite children's book, but may be his favourite book of all time. In fact, he may or may not have an adult-sized version of the adorable onesie the lead character, Max, sports in the book. (Okay, he absolutely does have the exact same outfit.)

Book cover: Where The Wild Things Are


Are You My Mother? (P.D. Eastman)

Hannah Simone's pick

Actor (and former Much Music VJ) Hannah Simone says Are You My Mother? is still one of her favourite books. This title, published in 1960, is still a top pick for young children, making the 2012 list of Top 100 Picture Books by School Library Journal.

Book cover: Are You My Mother?


The Wind In The Willows (Kenneth Grahame)

Bruce Greenwood's pick

Actor Bruce Greenwood's kids' book pick, The Wind In The Willows, also happens to be the first book he remembers having read to him as a child. His favourite parts? Why, Ratty and Toad, of course!

Book cover: The Wind In The Willows


The Snowy Day (Ezra Jack Keats)

Selma Blair's pick

Actor Selma Blair's fav, The Snowy Day, is the very first book she remembers her first grade teacher reading to the class. In fact, the book is now Blair's son's favourite today.

Book cover: The Snowy Day


The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)

Stana Katic's pick

Actor Stana Katic says The Giving Tree's message is her favourite part of this book. The book reminds children to give and be thoughtful when they receive something, which Katic says is a lesson that is especially special for children.

The Giving Tree


The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)

Rachelle Lefevre's pick

Actor Rachelle Lefevre says, for her, The Paper Bag Princess was tantamount to feminist literature. This story of female indepence is one that's stuck with Lefevre, which is why it's one that still resonates with her today.

Book cover: The Paper Bag Princess


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