Jamie Lee Curtis on Her New Book, My Mommy Hung the Moon

09/10/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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Though Jamie Lee Curtis says her children inspire her daily, it’s often other people’s kids who spark the ideas behind her magical children’s books.

“Every book that I’ve written has come from a child, something that I’ve overheard,” she says. “That’s how they’re born.”

Speaking to PEOPLE Moms & Babies Tuesday at a luncheon celebrating her October Good Housekeeping cover, Curtis said the idea for her latest book, My Mommy Hung the Moon, came from a friend.

“She was talking about some problems she had — I don’t remember the context — and said, ‘Although I have these problems, I have a husband who loves me, and my children think I hung the moon,'” Curtis recalls.

“And I thought, ‘Well of course a child should think their mommy hung the moon.’ And that’s the magic of it.”

The book, illustrated by Curtis’s longtime collaborator Laura Cornell, imaginatively spins the tale of the motherly bond, as seen through the eyes of a child. “That imprint between a mother and a baby is the most important relationship you will ever have in your life,” Curtis proclaims. “Bar none.”

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Surprisingly, after watching all her books hit the New York Times bestseller list, the You Again star still says she never pictured herself as an author. “I just didn’t think about my life that way … that’s not my plan,” she says. “Everything I’ve ever done has just been the next thing that’s happened.”

She recalls a moment about 20 years ago when she was sitting in her office, and her daughter Annie, now 23, walked in. “She said, ‘When I was little, I wore diapers, and now I use a potty!’ And then she walked out of the room,” the actress remembers. “I was like, ‘Whoa, a 4-year-old’s memoir of her youth.’ And that was my first book.”

Lucky for us, Curtis (who also has a son Thomas, 14, with husband Christopher Guest) has been writing ever since.

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TJ on

I love her books! They are books that kids can relate to so easily; I’m definitely going to be getting her newest book.

Mina on

I love this woman! I always have. She is so down to earth. I wish I could meet her!

melissa on

She is a beautiful person! The world is so lucky to have her. Her children’s book are amazing! Laura’s illustrations are fun. I have met Jamie, she is down to earth and funny!

jesusfootprints on

I always liked Jamie Lee Curtis. I think it is wonderful that she is writing Children’s books. Sometimes our greatest inspiration or ideas come from our children. I have a 28 month old toddler who loves when we read to him so I will definitely check out some of Jamie Lee’s books.

pia on

i absolutely ADORE JLC.. love her beautiful, thoughtful, caring and funny books.. love her for being honest and daring and humble. she really knows herself and that’s very inspiring. my 4 year old’s vocabulary is very, let’s say, advanced for her age.. due, i am certain, in part to being read JLC fabulous books.
thanks so much
(and mina, i wanna meet her too!!!)

giftbox on

She’s starting to look a bit like her late mom. I absolutely adore Jamie Lee.

jessicad on

I agree with all of you guys, love her! She’s honest, strong, and hilarious. She seems to know exactly who she is and I love that, I’ll check out her books for sure. My 3 year old daughter loves to read and I love to listen to her make up stories and talking to her friends, children are so fascinating.

Mrs. R on

Our family loves these books, especially “Big Words for Little People”. I definitely will be picking this one up for my daughter for a Christmas gift.

JustMe on

Like her a lot too, she sounds very grounded (a rare type in Hollyweird)
But when I read the title of the book I thought: “Those are not words coming out of a teenager…!” LOL

meghan on

Jamie Lee rocks and so do her wonderful books!

Sheri on

At first glance, I think Thomas looks A LOT like the actor Justin Long (Drew Barrymore’s boyfriend)!! He’s a mini-me! Jamie looks beautiful and she has two beautiful children … lovely family.

Mina on

Sheri, I thought he looked like a dark haired Macaulay Culkin (older Mac, not Home Alone Mac lol). I always liked her daughters eyes…they are so piercing.

I loved her article about organizing and giving to goodwill too…I wanted to write her and tell her she is just like me! I have to organize, and the things I dont want NEVER go in the trash unless they are damaged or no good. All the stuff I have outgrown or dont want anymore go to goodwill. SOMEONE might need it and it makes me feel good that I am helping AND recycling. I dont think you can get much more down to earth in a celeb than this beautiful woman.

Zina on

I love very, very much Jamie Lee Curtis !

Barbi on

I luv Jamie Lee! When you’re a celebrity, you can sell anything: perfume, jewelry, and even books! You go girl!

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