Meghan Markle's 'The Bench': and the Best Children's Books Written by Celebrities

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Meghan Markle can now add "children's book author" to her list of accomplishments. 

The Duchess of Sussex has penned her first children's book, The Bench, which was released on June 8. The beautifully illustrated story is a sweet homage to her husband, Prince Harry, and their son Archie. "The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father's Day, the month after Archie was born," Markle shared. "That poem became this story." 

The Bench isn't the only arrival the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are celebrating. After giving birth in May 2019 to their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the royal couple announced in February 2021 that baby No. 2 is on the way. Their newborn baby girl, Lilibet 'Lili' Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, was born on Friday, June 4.

She's not the only celebrity children's book author, though. You may be surprised to learn how many children’s books are penned by celebrity authors from Lil Nas X to Barack Obama. Each have their own unique touch, some silly for parents and children alike (we’re looking at your book, Jimmy Fallon) and others, such as Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, touch on important topics like self-love. They're great for teaching valuable lessons to your kids, or just for adding to your super-fan collection.

There’s no better time for bedtime than now, so without further ado, here’s Meghan Markle's new book plus our list of the best children’s books written by celebrities. 

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
The Bench, by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex
Meghan Markle’s book "The Bench" focuses on multiple father-son relationships, as seen through the eyes of the mother. It is illustrated in watercolor by Christian Robinson with the intent to recreate the joy and softness seen from the mother’s point of view. It's currently available on Amazon.
$13 AT AMAZON

Channing Tatum
The One and Only Sparkella by Channing Tatum
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Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum’s picture book is about a young girl named Ella who is excited to attend a new school with all her glittery accessories -- until she arrives and learns that the other kids don’t like her sparkle. It takes some courage and support from her dad, but Ella eventually learns how important it is to be yourself, regardless of what others say.
$16 AT AMAZON

Eva Chen
"A Is For Awesome" is an alphabet picture book illustrated by Derek Desierto and written by former Editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine and current head of fashion at Instagram, Eva Chen. The book highlights a strong woman for each letter of the alphament like Mala Yousafzai, Tina Turner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and many more.
$5 AT AMAZON

Lil Nas X
C is for Country by Lil Nas X
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Lil Nas X
This is no ordinary alphabet book. 'C is for Country' puts a Lil Nas X spin on the genre as he and Panini the pony journey through the different letters. The story features bright colors, fun fashion, all things country and more.
$9 AT AMAZON

Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon’s book is secretly self-serving. The picture book consists of different animals calling out to their fathers so your little one can finally start to get the hint about what they should be saying: Dada.
$8 AT AMAZON

Lupita Nyong’o
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
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Lupita Nyong’o
Sulwe dreamt of having skin as bright as her mother and sister’s until she goes on a magical journey through the night sky. In a powerful and inspirational story, Sulwe comes to learn that her midnight skin is perfect as it is, and that true beauty comes from within.
$10 AT AMAZON

Joanna Gaines
Joanna Gaines’ picture book is all about self-love. As a group of children build their own hot air balloons, they discover that the world becomes a brighter place when we all celebrate our differences.
$12 ON AMAZON

Barack Obama
In a letter to his daughters, former President Barack Obama’s children’s book highlights 13 different American leaders that have changed the course of our country’s history. He writes about the characteristics that his children share with these national leaders, empowering all children in America to recognize that they, too, can change the world.
$11 AT AMAZON

Bethenny Frankel
Cookie Meets Peanut by Bethenny Frankel
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Bethenny Frankel
When Mom’s fur baby (Cookie) meets her real baby (Peanut) things do not go smoothly. Cookie learns to make room in her life for Peanut as she becomes a new, furry big sister.
$32 AT AMAZON

Kelly Clarkson
River Rose is so excited to go to the zoo that she can’t fall asleep! Her mom finally gets her to snooze with a magical lullaby that takes River on a beautiful journey. Bonus: The book comes with a link to listen to the actual lullaby, performed by Kelly Clarkson.
$13 AT AMAZON

Karamo Brown
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown
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Karamo Brown
The title speaks for itself! In Queer Eye star Karamo Brown’s children’s book, a father and son go on a walk through their city and name all of the reasons why they are perfectly designed for each other.
$13 AT AMAZON

Hilary Duff
My Little Brave Girl by Hilary Duff
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Hilary Duff
This poetic picture book empowers girls and women of all ages to dream big and take on the world with an open heart. It’s a love letter to little girls everywhere, inspired by Hilary Duff’s own daughter.
$10 AT AMAZON

Once you're stocked up on children's books, there's a whole world of celebrity memoirs, books headed to film and more to discover. And right now, ahead of Amazon Prime Day, there's a great deal on Audible through Prime for those of us who like to "read" with our ears. Amazon has announced a deal with Audible, via Amazon, for book listeners. From now through June 30, Audible Premium Plus is just $7 a month for the first four months. That's down from a monthly cost of $15, which means you'll really be able to get your reading -- er, listening -- in for less. Take a look at our favorite book picks here. 

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