Latest Children's entertainment News

Jennifer Aniston launches children's book series with best 'friend' Clydeo the dog

Jun. 11, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Inspired by her beloved dog, Jennifer Aniston will soon become a children's author. The “Friends” star has a four-book deal with HarperCollins Publishers and animation studio Invisible Studio for a series of works featuring the animated dog Clydeo, based on the...

Independent booksellers continued to expand in 2023, with more than 200 new stores opening

May. 23, 2024 14:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three years ago, Erin Decker was a middle school librarian in Kissimmee, Florida, increasingly frustrated by the state's book bans and worried that she couldn't make a difference remaining in her job. So, she and fellow librarian Tania Galiñanes thought of a way...

Brazilian dance craze created by young people in Rio’s favelas is declared cultural heritage

May. 15, 2024 18:12 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It all started with nifty leg movements, strong steps backwards and forwards, paced to Brazilian funk music. Then it adopted moves from break dancing, samba, capoeira, frevo — whatever was around. The passinho, a dance style created in the 2000s by kids in...

Movie Review: ‘IF,’ imperfect but charming, may have us all checking under beds for our old friends

May. 15, 2024 16:33 PM EDT

How do you make a kid’s movie that appeals not only to the kids, but the adults sitting next to them? Most movies try to achieve this by throwing in a layer of wink-wink pop culture references that’ll earn a few knowing laughs from parents but fly nicely over the heads of the young ones. ...

This summer, John Krasinski makes one for the kids with the imaginary friend fantasy ‘IF’

Apr. 29, 2024 10:27 AM EDT

John Krasinski doesn’t usually fret about reviews. But for his new film “IF,” he is terrified of the response from two people: His 7 and 10-year-old daughters. “I’ve never been worried about two reviews more in my life,” Krasinski told The Associated Press in a recent...

John Lithgow takes on the role of the new kid in school for a PBS special celebrating arts education

Apr. 24, 2024 22:44 PM EDT

At 78, John Lithgow's acting career is not slowing down. He appeared in the best picture nominee “Killers of the Flower Moon” and starred with Jeff Bridges in the FX series “The Old Man." Recently, the two-time Academy Award nominee and multiple Emmy, Tony and Golden Globes-winning actor...

Movie Review: A lyrical portrait of childhood in Cabrini-Green with ‘We Grown Now’

Apr. 24, 2024 20:26 PM EDT

Two 11-year-old boys navigate school, friendship, family and change in Minhal Baig’s lyrical drama “We Grown Now.” It’s an evocative memory piece, wistful and honest, and a different kind of portrait of a very infamous place: Chicago’s Cabrini-Green public housing development. ...

Not a toddler, not a parent, but still love 'Bluey'? You're not alone

Apr. 19, 2024 14:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A small blue dog with an Australian accent has captured the hearts of people across the world. She's the title character of “Bluey,” a kids' program consisting of seven-minute episodes that have enraptured children and adults alike. This week's release of its...

Q&A: How Shakira turned pain into art on her first album in seven years, 'Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran'

Mar. 25, 2024 18:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shakira, the boundary-breaking Colombian performer, has been remarkably consistent since beginning her career in the early '90s. Without fail, she toured, released albums, won awards, woven global, genre-defying sounds into her pioneering singles, performed at the Super Bowl...

In one Ukrainian city, ballet in a bomb shelter is an escape from the horrors of war

Mar. 22, 2024 07:15 AM EDT

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a dance studio that doubles as a bomb shelter in northeast Ukraine, the little girls in pink tutus prance in like gusts of air. Timed to classical music, the 9-year olds jump and glide. Occasionally, they misbehave, prompting a curt rebuke from Marina...