Latest Children's books News

Duchess of Sussex's 'The Bench' celebrates fathers and sons

Jun. 08, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The first children's book by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is a multicultural tribute to fatherhood. “The Bench,” a picture story published Tuesday by Random House Children's Books, celebrates the bond between Meghan's husband Prince Harry and son...

Fiction, memoirs, poems spring from 1,000-word challenge

Jun. 07, 2021 09:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A. Stella Oloye, a Washington, D.C-based writer working on an Afrofuturism novel, was at a low point this spring when she learned of an online challenge she likens to a “gift from God": #1000wordsofsummer. The rules: Set down 1,000 words a day for 14...

Chef Molly Yeh's lockdown life full of recipes, baby firsts

Jun. 07, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Somewhere between testing beet and carrot juice, blueberries and mint in search of the precise hues for a four-tiered rainbow cake celebrating her daughter's first birthday in spring 2020, Food Network star Molly Yeh was forced by COVID's gathering storm clouds...

Richard Robinson, longtime Scholastic CEO, dead at 84

Jun. 06, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Robinson, who as the longtime head of Scholastic Inc. shaped the reading habits of millions of young readers through such bestsellers as J.K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” novels and through a wide range of educational materials, reading clubs and book fairs, has...

R.J. Palacio's 'Pony' to be published in September

Jun. 03, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R.J. Palacio's next book is a world apart from her million-selling debut “Wonder.” Random House Children's Books announced Thursday that Palacio's “Pony” will be published Sept. 28, with an announced first printing of 500,000 copies. The story of...

'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' illustrator Lois Ehlert dies at 86

May. 26, 2021 22:24 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lois Ehlert, whose cut-and-paste shapes and vibrant hues in books including “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” put her among the most popular illustrators of books for preschoolers of the late 20th century, has died. She was 86. Publisher Simon &...

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' author Eric Carle dies at 91

May. 26, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Carle, the beloved children’s author and illustrator whose classic “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and other works gave millions of kids some of their earliest and most cherished literary memories, has died at age 91. Carle's family says he died...

Jimmie Allen tapped for Indianapolis 500 national anthem

May. 18, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chart-topping, platinum-selling country recording artist Jimmie Allen will perform the national anthem at this year's Indianapolis 500. Allen will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before drivers are called to their cars May 30 at Indianapolis...

Florida school halts use of book about a Black boy's killing

May. 09, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school board is halting the use of a fictional book about a Black boy who is killed by a white officer after a police union complained to the school district that is anti-police “propaganda.” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel ...

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to release 1st children's book

May. 04, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is releasing her first children’s book, one rooted in the relationship between Prince Harry and their son, Archie. Random House Children’s Books announced Tuesday that “The Bench” will be released June 8. ...