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Colson Whitehead among Kirkus Prize finalists

Sep. 17, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead's novel "The Nickel Boys" and Kwame Alexander's picture story "The Undefeated" are among the finalists for the Kirkus Prize, a $50,000 honor given for the year's outstanding fiction, nonfiction and young readers' books. Saeed Jones' memoir "How We Fight for Our Lives" also...

Author JK Rowling makes huge gift for MS research

Sep. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named after her late mother. The 15.3 million-pound ($18.8 million) donation announced Thursday will be used for new facilities at a research center based at the...

Parents complained of priest who banned Harry Potter books

Sep. 6, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee priest who banned Harry Potter books from a Catholic school's library was accused by parents of causing their children psychological and spiritual harm. The Tennessean obtained a 2017 letter from 14 St. Edward Catholic School parents, urging the Nashville diocese to...

Justice Sotomayor encourages kids to 'Just Ask' in new book

Sep. 3, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said that the seed for what has become her latest children's book was planted the day a woman called her a drug addict. Sotomayor , who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 7, had gone to the bathroom of an upscale New York restaurant to give...

Harry Potter removed from Tennessee Catholic school library

Sep. 2, 2019 5:05 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Catholic school in Tennessee has removed the Harry Potter books from its library after the school's priest decided they could cause a reader to conjure evil spirits. In an email obtained by The Tennessean , the Rev. Dan Reehil of Nashville's St. Edward Catholic School said he...

WNBA's Alexander writes and illustrates children's book

Aug. 29, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kayla Alexander loved to draw since she was a child, when she was inspired by a patient teacher. She continued to blossom as an artist as she grew, attending art camps at the encouragement of her mom. Then basketball entered her life, earning a scholarship to Syracuse before she went on to...

The places it'll go: Dr. Seuss exhibition hitting the road

Aug. 28, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Dr. Seuss is hitting the road this fall with a large interactive exhibit that will immerse visitors in some of the most iconic books by the beloved children's writer. The exhibit is centered on a maze based on "Oh, the Places You'll Go," the Dr. Seuss book that urges children to explore the...

Charles Santore, illustrator of children's books, dies at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was...

New live-action 'Dora' features a more grown up explorer

Aug. 7, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Isabela Moner says she didn't expect so much action when she signed up for "Dora and the Lost City of Gold ," the upcoming film about the adventurous Latina explorer. Moner said she thought it would be a funny film, with Dora in a "fish out of water" kind of situation as she starts...

Religious activist fined for burning library's LGBTQ books

Aug. 6, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A religious activist accused of burning four LGBTQ children's books that he checked out of a library in Iowa has been convicted of criminal mischief and fined. Sioux County Attorney Thomas Kunstle says 63-year-old Paul Robert Dorr, of Ocheyedan, was found guilty of the misdemeanor...