BookmarkBookmarkTickBookmarkAddCheckBoxFilledCheckBoxCircleBumpCheckedFilledMedical

Channing Tatum Talks Parenting and the Release of His New Kids Book

The beloved #girldad shares his Jedi mind trick for parenting.
save article
profile picture of Wyndi Kappes
By Wyndi Kappes, Associate Editor
Updated June 1, 2022
actor channing tatum releases a children's book called sparkella
Image: Channing Tatum via Instagram

Actor and director Channing Tatum just released his second children’s book, The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan, filled with hidden parenting advice and plenty of sparkles. The picture book is the sequel to the best-selling The One and Only Sparkella, which he dedicated to his 9-year-old daughter Everly and is set to become a live-action movie starring Tatum.

The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan focuses on Sparkella and her dad working together to create a glitter-tastic castle ahead of her first sleepover with her new friend Tam. Along the way, Sparkella encounters challenges and learns the importance of patience and figuring out creative solutions.

In a recent interview with People, Tatum talked about how the book was inspired by a recent experience building a birdhouse together. “She wanted to make a birdhouse, which is the most dad-daughter thing you can do. But she didn’t just go, ‘Dad, I want to make a birdhouse.’ She’s like, ‘I know how to make the birdhouse.’ And I said, ‘Are you sure? I could help.’ And she said, ‘Yeah no, just help me make it, but I know how I want it to be.’ And I was like, ‘Hmm, all right,’” Tatum recalled.

“And as we started to make it, there was no version of her plan that was ever going to work. But I did respect and love that she planned something and she loves designing stuff and creating things. We got there in the end, but it was a really long journey of watching and not being able to tell her, because she’s a really strong-willed child, what was and what wasn’t going to work. I had to just let her find it,” said Tatum

Embracing creativity and letting children figure out their own solutions isn’t the only parenting advice Tatum’s new book offers.

“There is one secret thing that I’ve weaved into the story, which I don’t know if it will work with every parent, but it can be a very Jedi [mind] trick in the best possible way,” Tatum explained. “Evie loves to teach me things. She loves to know that she’s got one over on me or she’s in the power position, and so we wove it in very subtly, where Sparkella helps her dad sparkle-fy his motorcycle.”

“It is a thing that I use a lot with Evie, I’m like, ‘I don’t know how to do this. I need help.’ And she really steps up when she thinks she can be helpful,” Tatum added.

A beloved #girldad, Tatum has previously posted about all the activities he and his daughter enjoy doing together, including getting pedicures and wrestling. While the Magic Mike actor and Dog director has several ongoing projects, he says his absolute favorite role is being a dad to Everly.

The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan, illustrated by Kim Barnes, was released May 31 and is now available.

save article
Article removed.
Name added. View Your List
ADVERTISEMENT

Next on Your Reading List

happy little girl and her dad playing with musical instruments
7 Ways to Help Your Kids Develop Good Mental Health
By Lisa Milbrand
father holding and looking at baby
When Will Baby's Personality Emerge?
Medically Reviewed by Lauren Crosby, MD
close up of pug's tail and lower legs on bed
TikTok Star Noodle the Pug Is Starring in a New Children’s Book
By Nehal Aggarwal
ADVERTISEMENT
American Girl Debuts First Asian American “Girl of the Year” Doll
American Girl Debuts First Asian American “Girl of the Year” Doll
By Nehal Aggarwal
Man Enough author, Justin Baldoni with his wife and two kids.
How Justin Baldoni Is Raising His Kids to Challenge Gender Norms
By Lauren Kay
baby bonding with mom in bed
Why Bonding With My Newborn Didn’t Happen Overnight
By Cara Olsen
mom reading to her daughter at home
17 Book With Plush Sets to Bring Storytime to Life
By Stephanie Grassullo
ADVERTISEMENT
mom reading a book to her toddler son
10 Children’s Books That Help Toddlers Navigate Their Emotions
By Seira Wilson
dad speaking to young son about serious topic
How to Talk to Young Kids About Death
By Lisa Milbrand
Hamilton characters on broadway at closing bow
Representation Matters–and This Little Girl’s Reaction to Hamilton Is Proof
By Nehal Aggarwal
ADVERTISEMENT
happy mom lifting her daughter into the air while on the couch
New Children’s Book Wants to Teach Kids Body Positivity and Self-Love
By Nehal Aggarwal
Childrens Books About Diversity-hero
25 Wonderful Children's Books That Celebrate Diversity
By Anna Lane
kiddie pool-hero
The Best Kiddie Pools for Babies and Toddlers
By Danielle Halibey
ADVERTISEMENT
13 Children’s Books That Celebrate Juneteenth
13 Children’s Books That Celebrate Juneteenth
By Nehal Aggarwal
Sandbox with toys and lid
The 6 Best Kids’ Sandbox Options to Promote Development
By Emma O'Regan-Reidy
parents changing newborn baby's diaper at home
What Baby's First Day Home Is Really Like
Medically Reviewed by Lauren Crosby, MD
Hero Best Gifts for One-Year-Olds
The Best Toys and Gifts for One-Year-Olds
By Martina Garvey
ADVERTISEMENT
Why Baby Hates Tummy Time (and What You Can Do to Help)
Why Baby Hates Tummy Time (and What You Can Do to Help)
Medically Reviewed by Lauren Crosby, MD
two toddlers in the bath together sharing toys
How to Teach Toddlers to Share
Medically Reviewed by Lauren Crosby, MD
mother and toddler daughter sitting on the couch reading a book together at home
How to Tell if Your Toddler Is Smart
Medically Reviewed by Lauren Crosby, MD
ADVERTISEMENT
Article removed.