9 Celebs Who Have Written Children's Books!

It's important for our children to develop a love for reading and many of our favorite Latino stars couldn't agree more! From Ricky Martin to Gloria Estefan, here are 9 celebrities who have written children's books:

1. Children's Books: Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey

Together with her husband Nick Cannon, Mariah will be publishing a holiday children's picture book through Scholastic this year. According to Entertainment Weekly, the book will center on the couple's twins, Moroccan and Monroe, and is titled Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas. It will be geared towards children ages 3 and up, and will follow Roc and Roe as “they put their own unique spin on the Christmas Carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

 

2. Children's Books: Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin

The 41-year-old papi of twins is the newest star to join the list of celebrities who have written children's books. Martin's book -- Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars -- will be released on November 12. Santiago the Dreamer is based on the Boricua's childhood love of performing and dicusses following your dreams while finding encouragement through a parent's unconditional love and support.

3. Children's Books: Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan

The Cuban megastar has written and released two children's books inspired by her bulldog, Noelle: The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog (2005) and Noelle's Treasure Tale (2006). Noelle's Treasure Tale made it to the #3 spot on The New York Times Bestseller List.

4. Children's Books: Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez

Lopez loves kids so much that even with his very busy schedule, he managed to squeeze in and write two children's books. In 2009, he released a book called Mud Tacos, which he co-wrote with his sister. Two years later, Lopez found inspiration through his daughter Gia and authored, Mario and Baby Gia.

5. Children's Books: Cheech Marin

Cheech Marin

The 67-year-old comedian released several children's books about a character named Cheech, including Cheech the School Bus Driver (2007), Captain Cheech (2008) and Cheech and the Spooky Ghost Bus (2009).

6. Children's Books: Thalia

Thalia

The Mexicana wrote a children's book named, Chupie: The Binky that Returned Home, which she wrote based on her experience with her daughter. "I wrote this story because I needed to. When my daughter Sabrina was 2 years old, the pediatrician told me it was time she quit using a pacifier because that could make her teeth crooked and even cause infections in her ears," she said during an interview.

"I had tried everything, but she kept wanting her pacifier. So that one night, about 2:00 in the morning, I heard her crying in her room because she couldn't find it and I told her, 'Pacifier misses its mom because they're separated. Imagine if you and I were separated, and we couldn't hug or give each other little kisses?' and right then she told me 'Mom! Take Pacifier to its mother!' So I sent it to Binkyland, which is the home of the pacifiers."

7. Children's Books: Perez Hilton

Perez Hilton

In 2011, the celebrity blogger released The Boy with the Pink Hair. The book tells the story of a boy with bright pink hair who gets bullied, makes a friend, and discovers his true passion.

8. Children's Books: Shakira

Shakira

Dora the Explorer and Shakira's worlds collided when she wrote World School Day Adventure. The singer said she wanted "children from all over the world to know that through knowledge and education, one can embark on great adventures." She also added, "Dora is an inspiration for all children in the world. It was an honor working with Nickelodeon to write this story as education is a cause very close to my heart."

9. Children's Books: Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos

The Spanish-language news anchor wrote a bilingual book called: I'm Just Like My Mom, I'm Just Like My Dad. Ramos revealed during an interview that one of his purposes for writing this book was to encourage parents to raise bilingual children.