Many celebs have branched into the business of writing children’s books about anything from racism to politics. The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and our newly ‘elected’ President Alma Coin, Julianne Moore are apart of that group and have penned books to help children cope withdifficult adult issues! The Hollywood Reporter breaks them down:
From “Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins to Metta World Peace, THR highlights the latest children’s books penned by Hollywood boldfaces, revolving around topics as complicated as existentialism and war.
The Hollywood Reporter cracks the covers of the newest celebrity-penned narratives for kids — surprisingly, these titles discuss everything from cultural diversity and culinary curiosity to existentialism and war.
MY MOM IS A FOREIGNER, BUT NOT TO ME
Written by Julianne Moore; illustrated by Meilo So
Chronicle Books, $16.99, 40 pages, ages 5-8, Aug. 27
Julianne Moore’s fourth children’s book — and the first outside her Freckleface Strawberry series — centers on the diversity within a single family. It follows an American girl who explains ways in which her immigrant mother is distinct, from why she speaks with an accent to where her favorite childhood songs are from. The actress wrote the book in memory of her mother, who emigrated from Scotland at age 10 and often called her “wee one,” a common Scottish nickname. “I always accepted that my mother was from another country, it was just something that was just a fact,” Moore told THR at a reading on Sep. 10 with families at NYC’s Round-the-Clock nursery, hosted by nonprofit First Book. “For most of us as Americans, it is a fact. We talk a lot about multiculturalism, [but] we don’t talk about what the differences are between a parent from another culture and a child who is in this culture, and what that tension is.” cont……
YEAR OF THE JUNGLE
Written by Suzanne Collins; illustrated by James Proimos
Scholastic Press, $17.99, 40 pages, ages 4 and up, Sep. 10
Hunger Games trilogy author Suzanne Collins reverts to her years writing for youth television programming like Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days for Year of the Jungle, her latest book release for her youngest audience yet. To her, it’s the perfect age for kids to begin digesting the complicated concept of war. Suzy, the protagonist in the autobiographical picture book, is based on a six-year-old Collins and her family during the year her father was deployed in Vietnam. Suzy refers to it as Viet Nam and envisions it as the “jungle,” but what appears as a picturesque backdrop in children’s cartoons soon morphs into a terrifying place, especially as images of the first televised war creep into her family’s home. She begins to understand where her father is, and why exactly he asks her to “Pray for me.” cont….