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Written for My Kids

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As we know, some movie stars will only take roles for the money, regardless of whether the movie is good or complete garbage. Others will take roles so as to be in a work friendly for their children when most of their productions target older audiences. And in particularly bad situations, producers - or film stars - will end up needing to do a work only because their contract says so.

But this is for when the author writes a work specifically with their own children in mind.


Sometimes, it's because they want to depict issues they don't feel the media gives enough credit. Others, they want to give their child a starring role. But whatever the case, the work is written specifically for the author's children.

Distantly relates to Doing It for the Art, where an author writes a work because they want to, not for profit. Can sometimes lead to Write What You Know and/or Write Who You Know, where the author writes personal experiences and/or traits of people they know into their work written for their children.

Important to note: This is not the same as So My Kids Can Watch; that's when people normally known for adult works decide to make or star in something appropriate for their young family members, while this is works the author wrote with their children in mind.

Musical examples may overlap with Parental Love Song.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Manga author Kia Asamiya made the shonen manga Steam Detectives for his son, and the Magical Girl Corrector Yui for his daughter.
  • Pokémon 3 is this in spades behind the scenes. Takeshi Shudō, the series' original head writer, wrote the story with his own daughter (who was born when he was 45) in mind, believing that the relationship between a father and their daughter is something the media too often shies away from depicting (he was also worried about his health and that he wouldn't be around much longer); thus the relationship between Mii/Molly and Entei paralleled that of himself and his own daughter.

    Films — Animation 
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea was written by Hayao Miyazaki with his own estranged son in mind, hoping to reconcile with him.
  • Coco: in-universe, many of Ernesto de la Cruz's songs, especially his biggest hit "Remember Me", were originally written by his partner Héctor as love poems to Héctor's daughter Coco.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Ranger's Apprentice author John Flanagan wrote the first book for his son Michael, wanting to encourage him to read and to show him that heroes don't always need to be big and strong.
  • Neil Gaiman wrote Coraline for his daughters, as noted in the book's dedication. He started out looking for some good horror books for them and realized that "horror for children" wasn't really a genre, so he wrote one himself.
  • Demigods in Percy Jackson and the Olympians have ADHD and dyslexia because their brains are hardwired for Ancient Greek. Rick Riordan came up with the story after his son (who disliked reading but loved Classical Mythology) was diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia.
  • A heartbreaking case is Robert Munsch's Love You Forever, which was written after Munsch and his wife had two stillborn babies, making it written for the children he never really had.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien:
    • Tolkien wrote Roverandom to comfort one of his young sons after he lost a toy dog on the beach. The story was allegedly the dog's spectacular adventures after being turned into a toy by an offended wizard.
    • The Father Christmas Letters were originally written for Tolkien's children as letters from Father Christmas himself.
    • The Hobbit is a curious case — while the popular myth is that he conceived of it as a bed-time story for his children using the sprawling Legendarium he had been creating for decades but never published as a broad framework for it, and then made it the first published work of Middle-Earth when they were delighted with it, it was later revealed that he'd always intended it as a "serious" work of fiction but told his peers it was originally for his children when they inquired about it so as to avoid their potential scorn (since in the 1930s, an interest in "fairy stories" was still seen as highly unbecoming of a gentleman of Tolkien's age and position). And yet this contained, as his own saying goes, a grain of truth — he did evidently use his children, his son Christopher in particular, as a sounding board for the chapters (and it was Christopher whose imagination was especially captivated by it all) in order to get a feel for what worked and what didn't, even though he hadn't written it "for" them.
      • There's another episode that perhaps causes a little confusion about all this - when Tolkien finished the manuscript, he passed a few copies around to friends and favorite students. One of these traveled from one of his students to a friend of the student's, and eventually to the hands of Stanley Unwin, one of the heads of Allen & Unwin (Tolkien's first and greatest publisher). It was Unwin who then presented the book to his ten-year-old son Rayner to get an opinion of what a child thought of the book. After Rayner ended up loving it, Allen & Unwin's desire to publish The Hobbit was sealed, and the rest is history.
  • Watership Down was first made up by Richard Adams as a story to tell his two daughters while he was driving them in his car. It was the daughters who persuaded him to later write the story down.
  • English poet Ted Hughes wrote The Iron Giant (originally titled The Iron Man, but re-titled outside the UK to avoid confusion with Tony Stark) to comfort his children following the suicide of his wife Sylvia Plath in 1963.
  • Stephen King wrote The Eyes of the Dragon for his then-fourteen-year-old daughter Naomi Rachel King, who avoided her father's books because she disliked horror and preferred fantasy. The character Naomi Reechul is named after her.
  • While searching for something that would interest his young son in reading, Edward Eager discovered that the E. Nesbit books he himself had loved as a child were too old-fashioned. So he wrote some original novels in the Nesbit style, but set in contemporary times with more savvy, snarky modern children.
  • Astrid Lindgren invented Pippi Longstocking to cheer up her daughter who was ill.
  • Believe it or not, Struwwelpeter was invented as a Christmas gift for Hoffman's young son.
  • Franny K. Stein author Jim Benton created the character because his daughter loved scary stuff and he noticed that there weren't many characters targeted towards girls who shared his daughter's interests.
  • The Wind in the Willows started as stories Kenneth Grahame told his son.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The story goes that the Sesame Street song "I Love My Hair" was written after head writer Joey Mazzarino and his wife adopted a little girl from Ethiopia. They were concerned that questions would be raised about white parents raising a black child.

  • Céline Dion wrote her 2002 hit "A New Day Has Come" after her first child was born, and the song is meant to be about him.
  • Scott Stapp of Creed wrote "With Arms Wide Open" upon learning that he was going to be a father.
  • Christina Perri has an entire album recorded for her daughter, called Songs for Carmela.
  • Jewel had The Merry Goes Round, which was released a few months after she gave birth to her first child.


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