Children's entertainment

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2018 file photo, author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers upon her arrival at the premiere of the film 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', in London. JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday May 26, 2020, that she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over a decade ago. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
May 26, 2020 - 11:44 am
LONDON (AP) — JK Rowling is publishing a new story called “The Ickabog,” which will be free to read online to help entertain children and families stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. The “Harry Potter” author said Tuesday she wrote the fairy tale for her children as a bedtime story over...
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Kerri Kaplan, a fifth grade teacher, stands next to a small library she has in her front yard in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, April 17, 2020. As government orders shuttered public libraries to slow the spread of coronavirus, some have turned to official and unofficial book-sharing means to satisfy their desire for new reading material. (AP Photo/Michelle A. Monroe)
May 17, 2020 - 11:52 am
Christine Gale Reynolds worked at the public library in Yosemite National Park before it closed in March when California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued shutdown orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus. So, she filled the back of her car with donated books and began her own mobile library. “I know...
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This cover image released by Chronicle Books shows "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo," written by Marlon Bundo with Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller. The book was among the top 10 challenged books in 2019, according to the American Library Association. (Chronicle Books via AP)
April 20, 2020 - 9:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Stories with gay and transgender themes, a spoof inspired by the family rabbit of Vice President Mike Pence, and classics by J.K. Rowling and Margaret Atwood were among the books that received the most objections last year at schools and libraries. On Monday, the American Library...
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This combination photo shows, The Beatles, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and George Harrison arriving in Liverpool, England for the premiere of their movie "A Hard Day's Night," on July 10, 1964, left, a scene from the film "Apollo 11," center, and a portrait of Buster Keaton, the sad-faced comedian, in Los Angeles on Oct. 9, 1955. (AP Photo, left, CNN/Neon via AP, center, and AP Photo)
April 15, 2020 - 4:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Weeks of quarantine with kids have a way of burning through a movie collection. Even with the libraries of streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, Disney Plus and others, there are plenty of households that have already had their fill of “Frozen” and overdosed on “Onward.” In the...
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April 09, 2020 - 4:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Author Jason Reynolds, the country's National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, had expected his work to keep him on the road. Instead, Reynolds and the Library of Congress are among those organizing a monthly "Grab The Mic" newsletter and an online video project for kids at...
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This image released by Scholastic shows concept art for the "Cat Kid Comic Club," new graphic novel series by Dav Pilkey to be launched by Scholastic on Dec. 1. (Scholastic via AP)
April 02, 2020 - 8:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Dav Pilkey is going to the cats. The million-selling author of the “Captain Underpants” and “Dog Man” series is starting the “Cat Kid Comic Club,” Scholastic announced Thursday. The first book will be released Dec. 1. “The launch of this new series marks Dav Pilkey’s 34 years of...
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In this Monday, March 30, 2020, photo, a teddy bear hangs upside down in a window of a house in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealanders are embracing an international movement in which people are placing teddy bears in their windows during coronavirus lockdowns to brighten the mood and give children a game to play by spotting the bears in their neighborhoods. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
April 01, 2020 - 9:39 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Some are perched in trees. Some are hanging upside down. Some are baking scones. Teddy bears are popping up in the unlikeliest of places as New Zealanders embrace an international movement in which people are placing the stuffed animals in their windows during...
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In this photo taken Sunday Dec. 1, 2013, Tomie dePaola poses with his artwork in his studio in New London, N.H. The beloved children's author and illustrator has died at the age of 85. DePaola delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy. His literary agent says dePaola died Monday from surgery complications after taking a bad fall last week. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
March 30, 2020 - 8:53 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — Tomie dePaola, the prolific children's author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85. DePaola died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire,...
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This image released by Disney Plus shows characters from a revival of the new animated series "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder" The new series will feature original cast members including Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud and Tommy Davidson and Paula Jai Parker as her parents, Oscar and Trudy. (Disney+ via AP)
February 27, 2020 - 2:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Proud family is making a comeback. The Disney Plus streaming service said Thursday it’s ordered a revival of the animated series about an African American teenager and her extended family. The new series, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” will feature original cast...
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This cover image released by Philomel Books shows "What We'll Build: Plans for Our Together Future" by Oliver Jeffers, scheduled for global publication on October 6. (Philomel Books via AP)
February 25, 2020 - 12:01 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Oliver Jeffers worked on his new picture book with a child in mind — his own. Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, announced Tuesday that “What We''ll Build" is the latest work from the bestselling author of “Here We Are" and illustrator of “The Day the Crayons Quit...
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