Celebrities Share Their Favourite Childhood Books

February 12, 2020 | Daniel

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Stars — they’re just like us! They read books when they were kids!

After a bit of digging online, I’ve compiled a list of famous people along with their favourite childhood book or series:

Ariana Grande

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (Ages 8+)

Fans of the pop singer won’t be surprised to hear that her favourite books are the entire Harry Potter series. Ariana enjoyed the books so much that she named one of her dogs Sirius Black and has even had some shared Twitter barbs with Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies. (Source: Bustle)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Cover Image


Meghan Markle

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Ages 9-12)

On a now-defunct blog called The Tig, Meghan Markle wrote about all kinds of lifestyle topics, including posting reviews of some of her favourite books. In one post, she said she was “obsessed” with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s existentialist classic The Little Prince. (Source: Real Simple). 

Little Prince Book Cover


Scarlett Johansson

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl (Ages 6-12)

The world’s highest-paid actress was “in second or third grade” when her sister read this popular book to her. Scarlett remembers loving the book so much that she'd insist her sister re-read it right after they finished it the first time. She even goes so far as to attribute her love of drama to “having heard her sister do all the characters’ voices.” (Source: Oprah)

Fantastic Mr fox


Barack Obama

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Ages 4-8)

Long before he served as the 44th President of the United States, a young Barack loved Maurice Sendak’s tale about Max’s adventure with the “Wild Things”. Obama confirmed his passion for this book in a recent interview: “This is one of the all-time classics. I love this book.” (Source: Flavorwire)

Where the wild things are book cover

Rob Lowe

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary (Ages 5-12)

Is Rob Lowe famous enough to make such a prestigious list? Certainly debatable. What’s not in doubt is the quality of his choice: The Mouse and the Motorcycle. This is one that I also enjoyed reading as a kid. Rob said that he had very vivid memories of reading the book with his brother (Source: Parents)

Mouse and the motorcycle book cover


John Krasinsky

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Ages 7+)

This is the second Roald Dahl book to make this list. The Office star sums up his love for the author: “I was always a HUGE fan of all things Roald Dahl… nobody wrote more imaginative stories for kids. These worlds he created had the nonsensical appeal of Dr. Seuss, while at the same time, the characters were all written with wonderful complexities and enormous heart". (Source: Flavorwire)

James and the giant peach


Alec Baldwin

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster (Ages 8+)

“When I was a child, my favourite book was The Phantom Tollbooth. I loved that book”, said The Boss Baby. This classic fantasy story introduces readers to Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond. (Source: Ranker)

Phantom tollbooth book cover


J.K. Rowling

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (Ages 8-12)

The famous author has fond memories of this book and said in an interview: “The tone is perfect; a seamless mix of the fairy-tale and the real. It also has a plain heroine, which delighted me beyond words as a child, because I was a very plain little girl and I hadn’t met many literary heroines who weren’t breathtakingly pretty.” (Source: Words with Jam)



If you share favourite(s) with any of the above celebrities, you want to share your own personal childhood favourite, or you want to debate Rob Lowe's inclusion in this list, please comment below!