Celebrities' favorite bedtime stories
People magazine is running a feature this week on what celebrities read their children at night. Greg Kinnear, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Mariska Hargitay, Rainn Wilson, and Sarah Jessica Parker participated – here are their choices!
Sarah Jessica Parker, mom to James Wilke, 4: For Every Child, A Better World ($9.95) by United Nations Publications. ‘It’s the cold hard facts [about world poverty]. We’ve read it every night for weeks, and he still asks, ‘Why don’t those children have what they need?’ Because he lives in a country where clean water and food are at arm’s length, it’s hard for him to internalize why they aren’t available to everyone.‘
Jada Pinkett Smith, mom to Jaden Christopher Syre, 8 1/2, and Willow Camille Reign, 6: Children’s books by Fred Crump, Jr ($10.36). ‘They’re black fairy tales I found that are kind of underground. They’re written by a guy who took all of the classic fairy tales and re-created them with black characters. My daughter loves them. They’re her favorite!‘
Mariska Hargitay, mom to August Miklos Friedrich, 10 months: The Sneetches and Other Stories ($9.42) by Dr. Seuss. ‘All of the Seuss books are so brilliant. They’re rhythmic, and kids like that. My husband Peter and I read to our son August and do different voices. Then August eats the books. He doesn’t discriminate. He’ll eat whatever we have.’
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Rainn Wilson, dad to son Walter Mckenzie, 2 1/2: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale ($10.07) by Mo Willems. ‘My son loves this book. It’s about a little kid who leaves her stuffed rabbit in a washing machine. It’s thrilling, but we haven’t gotten to the end yet. I can’t seem to get away from rabbits lately!‘
Greg Kinnear, dad to daughters Lily Katherine, 3, and Audrey Mae, 10 months: Anything in the Angelina Ballerina series ($10.18) by Katharine Holabird. ‘My daughter Lily is 3. She’s consumed with ballet. There’s a mouse who does ballet – it’s absolutely baffling to her! But it will last 15 minutes. Dr. Seuss’ Oh The Places You’ll Go! ($10.71) is rising fast!‘
Liv Tyler, mom to son Milo William, 2: Anything from the Hairy Maclary series ($5.95), or Slinky Malinki ($5.95) by Lynley Dodd. ‘Peter Jackson [my Lord of the Rings director] sent them when Milo was born. He’s obsessed with them because they’re clever and really funny. But I like Goodnight Moon ($10.71)!’