Celebrity moms Tamera Mowry, Busy Philipps, Selma Blair, Molly Sims and more brought their kids to a star-studded story-time event in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday that also benefited local children.
Milk + Bookies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting literacy in underserved communities, hosted its seventh annual Story Time Celebration, where Angeleno families mingled with celeb parents as they donated books and listened to A-list story-time readings.
And while the mood was lively and festive, with kids rubbing elbows with a walking, talking Willy Wonka and Captain Hook, the reason behind the fundraiser was not lost on parents.
"We had a long talk on the way over," said model and actress Molly Sims about her 3-year-old son Brooks. "He was like, 'What do you mean they don't have books? What do you mean they don't have as many toys?' He's very lucky, but he needs to see that this is why we're giving these books away, and that you have to start very young."
In addition to donating books, Sims also revealed that she loves reading "Goodnight Moon" to her son and 1-year-old daughter Scarlett, as well as Brooks' favorite, "I Love You, Stinky Face."
For actress and mom Busy Philipps, the "Ramona and Beezus" books are big with her and 7-year-old daughter Birdie.
"I loved reading them when I was little," Philipps told mom.me "And then, of course, Beverly Cleary turned 100 last week, which is so cool, so I've been reading those to Birdie and then we take turns. She reads a chapter, and then I read her a chapter. It's really fun."
"The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats is a favorite with actress Selma Blair.
"I read that to Arthur. He still loves it," Blair told mom.me about her son. In fact, that was the first book Blair bought for him, even before he was born. "He's 4 1/2, and he still loves 'Snowy Day,' and he loves Tomi Ungerer books, which I recommend."
And speaking of babies, mom Tamera Mowry brought her husband, Adam Housely, 3-year-old son Aden and 9-month-old daughter Ariah to the Milk + Bookies fundraiser, saying that it was Ariah's first time on the red carpet.
While Mowry might have a new daughter, she admitted that she still has a little bit of baby fever.
"I have this inkling like, 'Oh my God, I'd like to have another baby, but then you have to think about the realities of having another baby. I don't think it will ever go away. Babies are just amazing," Mowry told mom.me.
So is Baby No. 3 in the cards?
"I think about it, I do," she admitted. "I don't know how much of a reality that is going to be, but my husband and I recently talked about it, and we said, 'We're just going to give it up to God, give it up to the universe.' If we're supposed to have another one, we'll have another one."
The event wasn't all celeb moms, though. Actors and dads David Koechner, Henry Winkler and Jay Mohr were among the famous fathers in attendance.
Mohr even told mom.me that his 4-year-old son Meredith Daniel had developed a new reading obsession.
In addition to favorites like "The Day the Crayons Quit" and "Harold and the Purple Crayon," Mohr said he had to find age-appropriate books about the Crucifixion.
"My son was obsessed with the Crucifixion right around Easter, and so we had to go to the library and get children's books for the story of Christ — you know, ones that are age-appropriate. So I get these children's books, so it's a little more dialed back, and then in one of them Jesus has like Wolfman Jack hair, kind of a gut and looks like he's on the 'Jersey Shore,' and my 4-year-old son goes, 'Who's that guy?' I go, 'That's Jesus.' And he goes, 'No — Judas, maybe.'
"You don't get that," Mohr stressed, "unless you're with a child reading."