Children's entertainment

In this image provided by Sun Literary Arts, Amanda Gorman, 22, is poses for a photo on Jan. 14, 2019. The country's next inaugural poet is an old pro at ceremonial occasions — and she's only 22. Amanda Gorman has written for everything from a July 4 celebration featuring the Boston Pops Orchestra to the inauguration at Harvard University for school president Larry Bacon. (Kelia Anne/Sun Literary Arts via AP)
January 15, 2021 - 8:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — At age 22, poet Amanda Gorman, chosen to read at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, already has a history of writing for official occasions. "I have kind of stumbled upon this genre. It's been something I find a lot of emotional reward in, writing something I can make...
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FILE - Joanne Rogers stands in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the first-day-of-issue dedication in Pittsburgh on March 23, 2018. Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” has died. She was 92. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
January 14, 2021 - 6:37 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joanne Rogers, the widow of Fred Rogers and an accomplished concert pianist, has died. She was 92. Rogers, who nurtured the memory and legacy of the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” after his 2003 death, died...
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Hayley Orlinsky poses for a portrait Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, with several colorful rubber band bracelets she makes in her Chicago home. The 7-year-old has spent most of the coronavirus pandemic crafting the bracelets as a fundraiser, earning nearly $20,000, to buy personal protective equipment for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
December 08, 2020 - 10:32 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Hayley Orlinsky has made so many bracelets, looping colorful rubber bands over her thumb and index finger again and again, that she no longer must watch her hands. The spunky 7-year-old from Chicago has spent most of the coronavirus pandemic crafting the creations as a fundraiser to...
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In this screen shot provided by ABC on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, Taylor Swift accepts the award for artist of the year at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (ABC via AP)
November 24, 2020 - 8:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+. The singer announced Tuesday that “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday. The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack...
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FILE - This Feb. 19, 2019, file photo shows former President Barack Obama speaking at the My Brother's Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif. Obama’s “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
November 18, 2020 - 8:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama's “A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. The first-day sales, a record for Penguin Random House, includes pre-orders, e...
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This cover image released by Random House Children’s Books shows "Dinosaurs Before Dark" the first release of Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House: The Graphic Novel" series, scheduled for release on May 4. (Random House Children’s Books via AP)
October 27, 2020 - 9:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Pope Osborne is preparing her million-selling “Magic Tree House” series for a new adventure. She is teaming with playwright Jenny Laird and the illustrators-sisters Kelly Matthews and Nichole Matthews to adapt her work for graphic novels. The first release will be an adaptation...
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This image released by HBO shows some of the cast of "Sesame Street." In the wake of the national reckoning on race, "Sesame Street" is going further — teaching children to stand up against racism. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit, educational organization behind the children's program, will air the half-hour anti-racist special "The Power of We Special," composed of skits and songs in a Zoom-like format that will stream on HBO Max and the PBS 24/7 streaming channel Oct. 15, and air on PBS Kids the same day. (Sesame Workshop/HBO via AP)
October 08, 2020 - 8:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sesame Street" has always pressed for inclusion. Now in the wake of the national reckoning on race, it's going further — teaching children to stand up against racism. Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit, educational organization behind “Sesame Street” — will later this month air the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie appears at a celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day at Seattle's City Hall. Alexie is included in a list of authors who wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. Alexie's prize-winning “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” came in at No. 1. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
September 27, 2020 - 12:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Morrison is on the list. So are John Green and Harper Lee. And John Steinbeck and Margaret Atwood. All wrote books that were among the 100 most subjected to censorship efforts over the past decade, as compiled by the American Library Association. Sherman Alexie's prize-winning...
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This combination photo shows cover images for "Deacon King Kong," a novel by James McBride, left, and "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. McBride and Wilkerson are among the nominees for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor for the best fiction, nonfiction and children’s books. (Riverhead Books, left, and Random House via AP)
September 09, 2020 - 9:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Ferrante, James McBride and Isabel Wilkerson are among the nominees for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor for the best fiction, nonfiction and children's books. The nominees, six each in the three categories, were chosen by panels of writers, critics, booksellers and...
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August 13, 2020 - 11:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — There is still plenty of life in Stephenie Meyer's “Twilight Saga.” Meyer is planning at least two more books in her mega-selling vampire series, she said during a recent promotional event. Meanwhile, the author's long-awaited “Midnight Sun” sold more than 1 million copies in its...
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