Tori Spelling Writing Children's Book

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Actress Tori Spelling an author? Credit: Jason Merritt, Getty Images

She has written three books about herself, but now Tori Spelling wants to write a book for children.

ABC News reports the 36-year-old former "Beverly Hills, 90210" actress is writing a children's book for Simon & Schuster titled "Presenting ... Tallulah" about a girl who just wants to be herself.

The book, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, is scheduled to hit shelves in September.

"I love reading to my kids. It's our special time together. That and my passion for storytelling inspired me to write a children's book of my own to read to them and children everywhere," Spelling tells ABC and other news organizations in a prepared statement.

Spelling first gained fame playing the virginal (until the seventh season, anyway) character of Donna Martin on "90210." She has since continued her acting career while also starring in a reality show and promoting her own lines of designer jewelry and children's clothing.

ABC News reports the third of her autobiographies, tentatively titled "Uncharted terriTori," is scheduled to come out in June. "sTORI Telling," her first book, released in 2008, became a New York Times Bestseller. "Mommywood" was released in 2009.

Spelling is the daughter of the late TV producer Aaron Spelling who created such shows as "The Love Boat" and "Charlie's Angels." She and her second husband, Dean McDermott, have two children and are filming the fourth season of their reality show "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood."

The children's book market is flooded with celebrity authors including Brooke Shields, Payton Manning, Julianne Moore, Joy Behar, Tim McGraw, Queen Latifah, Whoopi Goldberg, Carly Simon, Julie Andrews, Jamie Lee Curtis and Katie Couric.

Many writers worry the proliferation of actors, singers, football players and talk show hosts scoring various book deals gluts the market and keeps new (and perhaps more talented writers) from being discovered.

Author John Irving ("The World According to Garp") wonders if his first book would have ever been published in the current climate.

"If I were 27 and trying to publish my first novel today, I might be tempted to shoot myself," he says on

Will you buy Spelling's children's book?

Related: Tori and Dean Explore Their Inner Potty-Mouths

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