Since 1967, April 2 has stood as the official International Children's Book Day. Centered around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, the day was created to help celebrate and inspire a love of reading as well as call attention to children's books.
To help acknowledge this special day that celebrates children's literature as well as literacy, we scrounged up a list of country music's brightest stars and personalities that have written books for our beloved youth.
Well-known comedian and personality within the country community, Jeff Foxworthy has actually penned a few children's books. Foxworthy released his first book, Dirt on My Shirt, in 2008, followed by Silly Street in early 2010 and then Hide!!! later that year. While the comedian may have three books under his belt, he's not afraid to admit that writing for children is no easy task. “After three days of writing on the first I thought, 'No wonder Dr. Seuss is a big deal — this is hard!,' " Foxworthy shared with People back in 2010.
Whether it's hours or only a few minutes, Foxworthy believes quality time with your kids is important and what easier way than sitting down with a book and reading together. “It's so important for kids to have that one-on-one time, knowing that someone cares about them enough to sit there and do that," he says.
Jeff Foxworthy's children's book Hide!!!
You can find all three of the comedian's books HERE!
Country singer LeAnn Rimes has also written a couple children's books, including Jag, which was published in 2003 and the sequel Jag's New Friend, in 2004.
Rimes' stories take place in the jungle, where readers meet a female tiger named Jag and follow her adventures she faces her fears and stands up for what she believes in. Both books were illustrated by Richard Bernal and are great additions to any family's library.
LeAnn Rimes' children's book Jag
You can find both Jag and Jag's New Friend HERE!
While Kelly Clarkson undoubtedly has accomplished much since becoming American Idol's first winner, one her greatest accomplishments likely is becoming a mom. One of the ways she's celebrated the arrival of her kids was by writing two children's books, the first River Rose and the Magical Lullaby, shortly followed by River Rose and the Magical Christmas.
Both stories are inspired by her daughter and hopefully a story on her son, Remy, is forthcoming! Check out Clarkson talking her new books and motherhood in the clip below:
Find both of Clarkson's children's books HERE!
Following suit is country singer Tim McGraw who has released two children's books, both inspired by his real life daughters. The Grammy-award winner, who has three daughters with wife Faith Hill, penned both books with singer-songwriter Tom Douglas.
The first, My Little Girl, is about a dad and his daughter Katie who, together with their dog, spend “an ordinary turned extraordinary day together," says the publisher. The second, Love Your Heart (My Little Girl), is a sequel to the first, and follows Katie and her dad again as she tries to win a talent show and ultimately finds her true talent lies with being a good friend to those who need her.
Tim McGraw's children's book My Little Girl
Find both My Little Girl and Love Your Heart (My Little Girl) HERE!
Likely more universally beloved by children and adults alike is Dolly Parton, who has penned both I Am a Rainbow, which teaches kids to express their feelings with colors and Coat of Many Colors, which is based on the lyrics of her 1971 hit song of the same name.
Coat of Many Colors tells the story of a little girl teased for wearing a coat made of different rags by the kids at school, but shines with Parton's trademark positivity as the girl realizes that her coat was made with love “in every stitch." Parton's real life colorful coat can be seen in the Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood along with the dry-cleaning receipt on which she originally wrote the lyrics.
Dolly Parton's children's book Coat of Many Colors
You can find both of Parton's books HERE!