Julie Andrews is a beloved singer and actress whose career has spanned decades. What many people don’t know about her is that she has co-authored more than 30 books for children and young adults with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton!
Ms. Andrews also has written two memoirs, and she credits her love of reading and writing to growing up in a turbulent household. Books were her escape from the “stress of her home life,” according to an article in Parade magazine.
“I wrote stories for myself,” she told the magazine. “I just think that it’s a way of going into a fantasy place that’s safe and fun.”
When she was young, Ms. Andrews loved reading books by Rudyard Kipling. Other favorites included The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, and Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Little Grey Men by BB.
We share other favorite childhood books in episodes of Speaking of Reading below. Check them out!