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19 Musicians Who Have Written Children's Books  

Adam Tyler
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List Rules Vote on the musicians based on the merits of their books, not on the popularity of their music

Musicians have dabbled in many fields for a number of different reasons. You've seen them in movies and a few have tried their hand in fashion. What you may be a bit surprised to learn is that a number of your favorite singers have written children's books. Yes, you read correctly. Children's books. It may seem extremely unfashionable and even a bit lame, but hey, if you want to branch out and eventually build a younger follow, writing a kid's book  There are some people on this list who are obvious inclusions, you're probably going to be surprised at some of the names on here.

We took the list compiled by NME, and added a couple more items. You won't be surprised to see kid-friendly (at least now) artists like Paul McCartney, LL Cool J and Madonna on this list. But you may raise an eyebrow at seeing Amanda Palmer, Daniel Johnston and Keith Richards on here. Either way, these rock stars have managed to expand their brand into the children's market, which is genius.

What musicians have written children's books? Take a look at this list and you'll see the best of the lot. Upvote the books you like, and downvote the books that aren't so good. 
David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 19 Musicians Who Have Written Children's Books
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Musical Storyland, 2004

David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive baritone voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work. Aside from his musical abilities, he is recognised for his androgynous beauty, which was an iconic element to his image, particularly in the 1970s and 1980s. Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Rock music, Psychedelic pop, Electronic music, Protopunk, Glam rock, + more

Albums: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Hunky Dory, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, "Heroes", + more

Nationality: England

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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 19 Musicians Who Have Written Children's Books
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Forever Young, 2008

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although Dylan repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation. Nevertheless, early songs such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems for the American civil rights movements. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock, Country rock, + more

Albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 19 Musicians Who Have Written Children's Books
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High in the Clouds, 2004

Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine. McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock, Classical music, Pop rock, + more

Albums: Flaming Pie, Ram, McCartney, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Press to Play, + more

Nationality: England

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Greg Attonito is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 19 Musicians Who Have Written Children's Books
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Greg Attonito
I Went For A Walk, 2007

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Nationality: United States of America