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Author of 'Where the Wild Things Are' diesupdated: Tue May 08 2012 20:25:00

Maurice Sendak, author of the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," has died, a spokeswoman for HarperCollins Publishers said Tuesday. He was 83.

Modern children's books help families explore diversityupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 09:16:00

The sale of the old house, the purchase of the new house, the packing, the good-bye parties. It was all so overwhelming for me. I can't imagine what it was like for my toddler, leaving the only home, neighborhood and sitter she had ever known in the city where she was born. Fortunately, I got a little bit of help from the Berenstain Bears to give my daughter some answers.

Famed children's book co-author Jan Berenstain diesupdated: Mon Feb 27 2012 22:55:00

"The Berenstain Bears'" co-creator Jan Berenstain has died at the age of 88, according to a Facebook page dedicated to the furry characters Berenstain and her husband created.

Q&A: 'Heart and Soul' author Kadir Nelson on illustrating African-American historyupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 18:51:00

"Most folks my age and complexion don't speak much about the past," says the grandmotherly African-American woman who narrates "Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans," a book illustrated and written by Kadir Nelson.

'Hugo' author's latest leaves readers 'Wonderstruck'updated: Fri Nov 18 2011 15:09:00

No name in children's literature is hotter right now than Brian Selznick, and his new book "Wonderstruck" proves that, in some cases, maybe lightning does strike twice.

20 things moms should never feel guilty aboutupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 08:53:00

We could probably come up with about 200 things to not feel guilty about, but then we would just feel guilty about never feeling guilty at all. This list will give you the general idea of what kinds of not-exactly-maternal feelings are within limits, and what childcare chores you can cheat on now and then.

Travel guide helped African-Americans navigate tricky timesupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 17:10:00

Ernest Green hit the roads of the segregated South as a teen in the 1950s, using a travel guide that pointed out safe havens where African-Americans could eat and stay.

Jim Crow era travel guideupdated: Fri Feb 25 2011 17:10:00

A Jim Crow era book elicits feelings and lessons from that chapter of U.S. history. CNN's Fredricka Whitfield reports.

What happened when Weird Al grew upupdated: Wed Feb 02 2011 02:02:00

"I mean, I hate to gloat," Weird Al Yankovic said, "but I'm extremely satisfied with my position in life and the way things have worked out for me."

Obama's new children's book hits shelvesupdated: Tue Nov 16 2010 20:22:00

Half a million copies of a new children's book by President Barack Obama hit the shelves Tuesday.

CNNMoney: Barnes & Noble unveils color Nook with touchscreenupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 23:08:00

Barnes & Noble unveiled a new full-color, touchscreen version of its Nook e-reader Tuesday in New York City.

Obama children's book to be released in Novemberupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 11:29:00

America's author-in-chief is back.

Tori Spelling sets the record straightupdated: Thu Jun 24 2010 18:10:00

You'd think that Tori Spelling showing up three hours late to her own book release party was the ultimate snub. Duchess Fergie to Explain Herself on Oprahupdated: Thu May 27 2010 12:08:00

The royal, recently caught in a scandal, will appear on Tuesday's The Oprah Winfrey Show

10 celebrities who've fiddled with fiction writingupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 19:22:00

Yes, yes, James Franco is going to Yale, the third stop on his tour of schools in the tri-state area -- before graduating from Columbia and going all Ivy League business, Franco had a brief fling with New York University. Amongst those precious days he spent at the latter, I was fortunate enough to share an elevator with him on the way to one of my classes.

'Where The Wild Things Are'updated: Tue Oct 20 2009 13:20:00

A little boy finds himself in a world "Where The Wild Things Are." See what the film's cast has to say.

Parents upset, bored by 'Where the Wild Things Are'updated: Tue Oct 20 2009 13:20:00

Parents may have fond memories of Maurice Sendak's classic children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are." But if their social-networking postings are any indication, some are not pleased with the movie.

Spike Jonze goes 'Where the Wild Things Are'updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 14:51:00

Get your wolf suit out, channel your inner child and get ready to howl -- it's time for the wild rumpus to start.

Breathed chats about dogsupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 07:54:00

Artist and author Berkeley Breathed chats about his book, "Flawed Dogs."

Vick dog inspired 'Bloom County,' 'Opus' creatorupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 07:54:00

Berkeley Breathed answers the door to his Santa Barbara home, a tall, slender figure in suede cowboy boots. Joey McIntyre to Be a Dad Againupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 13:59:00

The New Kids on the Block singer and his wife are expecting their second son in December

Candace Bushnell: 'New York is a city of energy vampires'updated: Thu Jun 04 2009 10:13:00

Candace Bushnell is a New Yorker and the author of five novels, including the best-selling "Sex and the City" and "Lipstick Jungle". She tells My City_My Life about her marriage, real life in New York and the secrets of her success.

Bushnell's New York: Part 1updated: Thu Jun 04 2009 10:13:00

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell takes CNN on a tour of New York.

Prince Charles signs green movie dealupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 23:13:00

Britain's Prince Charles will follow in the footsteps of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore with an upcoming book and film documentary on the environment, the prince's publisher said.

Children's books: Classic reading for fansupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 15:18:00

They feature characters such as hat-wearing cats, very hungry caterpillars, nice girls named Madeline and naughty boys named Max. Madonna Surprises Orphanage with Care Packageupdated: Mon Feb 23 2009 15:07:00

The star donates cartons of son David's clothes and toys to his former home in Malawi

CNN Heroes: Yohannes Gebregeorgisupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 09:44:00

Ethiopia native brings free public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of children in his homeland.

From 'Love Kitten' to child literacyupdated: Thu Oct 09 2008 09:44:00

At age 19, Yohannes Gebregeorgis borrowed a soft-cover romance novel entitled "Love Kitten" that changed his life forever. Jennifer Garner Heads Home to West Virginiaupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 22:31:00

The Alias star helps out the local library and college

Meghan McCain opens upupdated: Wed Sep 17 2008 23:57:00

Larry King talks with Meghan McCain about her new children's book and her thoughts on her father's campaign.

Meghan McCain: Sarah Palin is 'really chill'updated: Wed Sep 17 2008 23:57:00

Larry King talked with Meghan McCain. the daughter of the Republican presidential candidate, about her new book, "My Dad, John McCain." She also writes about her experiences on the campaign trail for the Web site,

Review: What children say about children's booksupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 11:45:00

Ask an adult what makes a children's book appealing, and she might talk about the colorful artwork, the clever storytelling or the lessons imparted. Kelly Rowland's New Destiny: Writing a Children's Bookupdated: Sun May 18 2008 06:38:00

The singer says her godchildren are the inspiration for her next endeavor

Pottermania lives on in college classrooms updated: Tue Mar 25 2008 11:03:00

J.K. Rowling has retired Harry Potter, but the fictional boy wizard lives in on college classes across the country where the children's books are embraced as literary and academic texts.

Kids are the experts in reviewing children's booksupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 12:26:00

What William Goldman once said about Hollywood -- "Nobody knows anything" -- can easily describe the decisions made by children's book publishers. Julianne Moore's Old Nickname: Freckleface Strawberryupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 10:44:00

Kids can say the meanest things. Just ask Julianne Moore. The 10 Spot: Feb. 9, 2007updated: Fri Feb 09 2007 09:46:00

A hot trend in the publishing industry these days is children's books "written" by sports stars. Alex Rodriguez released his effort, Out of the Ballpark, this week, featuring a baseball-crazed boy named Alex who makes an error in a key game because he's trying so darn hard. That joins, among others, Terrell Owens' trenchant Little T Learns to Share. (T.O. apparently hails from the "write what you don't know" school.) Here are some other children's books that we can imagine being penned by sport figures:

Review: A child's view of children's booksupdated: Wed Sep 27 2006 14:13:00

Our children's book specialist, Andrew Oglesby, has turned 7, and with age has come experience. A little, anyway -- two other stories' worth.

CNNMoney: 'Invincible' scores touchdown at box officeupdated: Sun Aug 27 2006 19:27:00

The new Mark Wahlberg football drama "Invincible" lived up to its immodest name at the weekend box office in North America but overall ticket sales resumed their decline as the lucrative summer moviegoing period drew to a close.

The joy of reading updated: Thu Aug 24 2006 14:10:00

Reading to your child can be one of life's sweetest pleasures. You're spending focused time together and teaching a habit that can open countless doors throughout his or her life.

A child looks at (more) children's booksupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 09:56:00

Children's books don't always engage the audience they're intended for, which is why we asked 6-year-old Andrew Oglesby, son of staffer Christy Oglesby, to review a selection of books for young readers.

A child looks at children's booksupdated: Fri Jun 02 2006 13:05:00

When adults review children's books, they often focus on the simplicity of the language. Or the beauty of the artwork. Or the appropriateness of the subject matter.

Fortune: How I make decisionsupdated: Wed May 31 2006 15:26:00

(FORTUNE Magazine) - FORTUNE asked eight bold, creative people - from the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs, to the man who found Harry Potter, to the woman who picks next year's hip colors - to describe what guides their decision-making. Here is what they said. (This story is from the June 27, 2005 issue of FORTUNE.)

The book on giftsupdated: Mon Dec 19 2005 13:21:00

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island," a wise man once said. "And best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life."

State's high court won't spare Williamsupdated: Wed Nov 30 2005 20:27:00

California's Supreme Court Wednesday refused to stop the execution of convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams, the founder of the Crips street gang who became an anti-gang crusader while on Death Row, a court spokeswoman said.

A delightful variety of children's booksupdated: Wed Dec 15 2004 15:12:00

This season a new group of children's books will captivate families with funny, heartwarming tales of adventure, make believe and imagination.

showbuzzupdated: Mon Aug 23 2004 13:38:00

R&B crooner Usher swears he has no beef with Justin Timberlake.

FSB: Bringing Art to the Masses How Madonna and Miss Spider made Ely Callaway's son a success.updated: Mon Dec 01 2003 00:01:00

When I started my book company, it was all about the notion of art as something for the privileged few," says Nicholas Callaway, gesticulating while he talks, talking while he walks on his way to a...

FSB: Between Covers With children's stories, you can often judge a book by its artwork.updated: Wed Dec 01 1999 00:01:00

Reading to your kids is always rewarding. First the cuddles, later the stars on the report card. But the discerning grownup sitting in the rocking chair can also revel in some terrific artwork.

Fortune: A Book Publisher that Makes...Profits? The Other Callaway Empireupdated: Mon Mar 29 1999 00:01:00

For most publishers, selling 20,000 copies of a coffee-table book is a minor miracle. Not for Callaway Editions, which racks up the kind of sales figures you'd expect from a rock label: Its Diana: ...

Money Magazine: ONE INVESTMENT THAT YOU AND YOUR KIDS MIGHT LIKEupdated: Thu Aug 01 1991 00:01:00

Values for many works of fine art are slipping, but the picture is pretty for investors dabbling in children's book illustrations. Prices for many original works by contemporary children's book art...

Fortune: What happens when Johnny can readupdated: Mon Oct 12 1987 00:01:00

It's school time again, and if you'd like to buy your kids something to read -- get in line. Kiddie lit is on the rise, thanks to baby-boomers' babies. ''Yuppies want to get their kids ready for Ha...

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