ONCE upon a time, a celebrity wrote a kids’ book . . . and now it’s a craze with no ending – happy or otherwise.
Yesterday we told how footballer Jamie Vardy and wife Rebekah are the latest famous faces to try to crack the lucrative children’s literature market, with a book out next year.
Branding expert Alex Clarke said: “They will probably have landed an advance of around £100,000 and can expect to earn thousands more, depending on how well their book sells.”
So which celeb writers end up JK Rowling in it? Here is our children’s book rich list, with Alex’s estimated earnings.
HE made his name with outrageous characters on Little Britain, but now David, 50, is arguably better known for his more family-friendly career as a children’s author.
He branched out into writing in 2008, when he released The Boy In The Dress.
The book, about a 12-year-old footballer who likes to cross-dress, was a huge success, and he has published dozens more since.
Some have been adapted into films.
TOM, 36, is currently a hit on the Strictly dance floor, and he has also proven he can turn his hand to writing.
His first book, The Dinosaur Who Pooped, was written together with his McFly bandmate Dougie Poynter, and became a series.
But he’s gone on to release many more on his own, and shown it’s All About Him.
He’ll go down as one of Chelsea’s best football players – although his stint as their manager wasn’t quite as successful.
However Frank , 43, has been very successful as a children’s book author.
Since releasing Frankie’s Magic Football in 2013, Frank has released another 17 books in the series, and sold more than 350,000 copies.
THE chart queen released her first children’s book, The English Roses, in 2003, and has written many more since.
The 63-year-old singer has credited her interest in Kabbalah as being behind her venture into writing.
In fact, all her books include lessons she has learned from the spiritual practice, like strong morality and warning against greed and envy.
IT’S definitely Girl Power for Geri, as the 49-year-old Spice Girl has made a big success of her Ugenia Lavender series, when she published the five books in 2008.
In fact, due to her book sales, Ginger Spice became that year’s most successful female celebrity children’s author.
Alesha, 43, followed in her BGT co-star David’s footsteps when she released Lightning Girl in 2018.
Her book was a hit, and she has since released another three in the same series.
The former Strictly winner released her fifth book, Girls Rule, earlier this year.
FORMER glamour model Katie, 43, has sold everything from makeup to supplements and even equestrian wear, so it’s no surprise that she turned her hand to children’s books.
Since 2007, when she released the first book in her Perfect Ponies series, the Pricey has published 25 kids books- and that’s not including her library of endless autobiographies and novels.
Dermot, 48, is best known for presenting the X Factor, and now This Morning.
But ever since 2017, when he released his first book in his Toto the Ninja Cat series, he’s been an author too.
And he’s now got five books out in the much-loved series.
FORMER Blue Peter presenter Konnie released her first children’s book, Cookie and the Most Annoying Boy in the World, in 2019.
The initial three-book series Cookie is based on Konnie’s own upbringing in a London Bangladeshi setting, and she’s now released four in total.
HAVING been crowned the 2012 Olympics heptathlon champion, a three-time world champion and the 2010 European champion, it was time for Jessica to retire in 2016.
And she chose to spend her new-found spare time writing a series called Evie’s Magic Bracelet.
Initially it was meant to be a seven-book series, but 35-year-old Jess has published ten so far.
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