Switched at Birth stars Katie LeClerc and Vanessa Marano were at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to read to kids. Vanessa read aloud and Katie signed in American Sign Language. Afterward, we asked them which children’s book they loved most. Vanessa picked Dr. Seuss’ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and Katie chose The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. In case you didn’t know it already, Katie pointed out that reading is essential “so that you can drive, function in life, and be a normal human!”
At another recent event, we also asked Oscar-nominated nine-year-old actress Quvenzhané Wallis what she likes to read. “I like to read all kinds of books. I like Judy Moody and Judy Blume books,” she said, adding that she most recently read Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann.
Bindi Irwin is following in her father’s footsteps as the host of a new wildlife series on Starz Kids & Family. The daughter of the late Australian animal expert Steve Irwin, Bindi will take kids up close and personal with all kinds of animals in Bindi’s Bootcamp, which airs Wednesdays at 6 p.m. ET/PT beginning May 1. Shot on location at the Australia Zoo, the series puts three teams of kids through races and challenges as they learn about wildlife and compete to win a trip with Bindi to participate in an Irwin Family conservation program.
Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and One Direction were among the winners at the Radio Disney Music Awards, which will be available on May 5 at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT on Radio Disney. Disney Channel will show highlights from the event during the weekend of May 10-12 every night starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Speaking of Selena, her “Come and Get It” video will have its world premiere on MTV on May 7 at 7:53 p.m. ET/4:53 p.m. PT.
Noah Munck from iCarly stars in the Nickelodeon movie Nicky Deuce as an over-protected teen who transforms into a tough guy when he spends the summer with his uncle in Brooklyn, New York. It premieres May 27 on Nick at Nite at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
A.N.T Farm comes back for a third season with a special one-hour episode on May 31 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. This time around, the series about talented teens will be set in a boarding school. Star China Anne McClain sings a new song called “Stars Aligning” in the episode.
—Gerri, STACKS Writer