Bethenny Frankel has conquered TV, the cocktail industry and self-help book publishing. Now, she's adding another accomplishment to her resume: children's book author. Next week, Frankel is releasing her first kids' book, "Cookie Meets Peanut" (out September 23), which was inspired by her own pooch and daughter.
In the book, Cookie the dog gets mom's undivided attention. That is, until a new baby comes along. "Years ago, I met a mom at the gym who had just had a baby and she told me, when you have a baby, your dog becomes a dog. Before you have kids, your dog is your baby, but when you have a real baby, your dog becomes a dog. This book is about that new dynamic that takes place," Frankel tells us.
She hopes that besides being a cute story that parents can enjoy with their kids, it helps make sense of that new transition. "My dog is quite difficult so I worried that she wouldn't want to have anything to do with my daughter, but then it turned out being the other way around," Frankel says on how the own adjustment went down in her own home. Of course now that her daughter Bryn is 4 years old, Frankel says she enjoys having a pet more. "Older kids appreciate dogs more. They see them on the street, and on TV or in movies and they are proud they have one too," she says.
Besides penning her first children's book, Frankel has a cocktail book coming out next month and is also working on a second "Cookie Meets Peanut" book. When asked how she manages balancing being a mom with her intense work schedule, Frankel says no one can never be perfectly balanced. "You sleep and do yoga when you can. You just do the best you can," she says.
When she's not working, Frankel says she likes taking Bryn to the same places that most parents in New York enjoy taking their kids to: the park, Toys R Us, and Eloise at the Plaza. But at home, nothing enjoys the simple joy of storytime. "I think books are so great for kids' imagination," she says. "TV is great and I've been on TV, but it should be [enjoyed] in smaller doses. Kids need to read, use their imagination and think for themselves."
Storytime with Bethenny Frankel:
September 23, 7 p.m.
211 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ, 201-445-0726
September 25, 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Carle Place
91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, 516-741-9850
September 30, 7 p.m.
Clinton Book Shop
12 E. Main, Clinton, NJ, 908-735-8811
October 5, 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble UWS
2289 Broadway, 212-362-8835
Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence