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Fantasy, Sesame dominate Daytime Emmy nominations

Elena of Avalor is this year's most nominated kids show, with Netflix's The Letter for the King and Sesame Street close behind.
June 29, 2021

Fantasy seems to be all the rage in the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards children’s categories, with Disney’s Elena of Avalor and Netflix’s The Letter for the King among the most nominated kids shows this year.

Netflix has walked away with the most kids programming nods (56 in total), and several of its fantasy series will vie for a win. Live-action adventure The Letter for the King got seven nominations—the second most of any kids show. The SVOD’s other top performers include Julie and the Phantoms (five nominations), Hilda (five), Tales of Arcadia: Wizards (four) and adventure series The New Legends of Monkey (two).

Disney was the second most-nominated platform, with 35 kids programming nods across its channels and Disney+. Elena of Avalor (pictured), about a princess who must learn to rule a kingdom, received eight nominations—the most for a single show.

Rounding out the top-five most-nominated platforms for kids programming were Apple TV+ (16), Nickelodeon (13) and HBO Max (12).

Perennial nominee Sesame Workshop dominated the shortlists and has 14 chances to win an Emmy. Flagship series Sesame Street received seven nominations, with four for Apple TV+ series Helpsters. Sesame’s CNN Town Halls, which tackled topics such as racism and coping with the pandemic, and The Power Of We: A Sesame Street Special each received two nominations. The Monster at the End of this Story: A Sesame Street Special for HBO Max and Sesame Street Special got a nod. And finally, Sesame Workshop’s Monster Meditations short video series on YouTube received a nomination.

Here are the nominations in key kids categories. (A complete list is available on the Emmy’s website.)

Outstanding Preschool, Children or Family Viewing Program 

The Baby-Sitters Club (Netflix)

Dino Dana The Movie (Amazon Prime Video)

Mo Willems and the Storytime All-Stars (HBO Max)

Present: Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime! Odd Squad (PBS)

The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special (HBO Max)

Sesame Street (HBO)

Outstanding Young Adult Series 

Alexa & Katie (Netflix)

Dash & Lily (Netflix)

The Hardy Boys (Hulu)

Julie and the Phantoms (Netflix)

Trinkets (Netflix)

Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series  

The Adventures of Paddington (Nickelodeon)

Elinor Wonders Why (PBS)

Esme & Roy (HBO Max)

Stillwater (Apple TV+)

Trash Truck (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Animated Series 

Amphibia (Disney Channel)

Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network)

Hilda (Netflix)

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts (Netflix)

Tales of Arcadia: Wizards (Netflix)

Outstanding Short Form Children’s Program 

Girls’ Voices Now (Here TV)

Helpsters Help You (Apple TV+)

Imagination Trips (Noggin)

Monster Meditations (YouTube.com)

Sesame Street: The Monster at the End of Your Story with Grover and Elmo (YouTube)

Outstanding Special Class Daytime Animated Program 

Adventure Time: Distant Lands OBSIDIAN (HBO Max)

Angela’s Christmas Wish (Netflix)

Baba Yaga (Baobab Studios)

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth (Apple TV+)

Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum: I am Madam President (PBS)

Outstanding Writing Team for a Preschool Animation Program 

The Adventures of Paddington (Nickelodeon)

Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

Elena of Avalor (Disney Channel)

Octonauts & the Great Barrier Reef (Netflix)

Stillwater (Apple TV+)

Trash Truck (Netflix)

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Online writer for Kidscreen. Ryan covers tech, talent and general kids entertainment news, with a passion for kids rap content and video games. Have a story that's of interest to Kidscreen readers? Contact Ryan at rtuchow@brunico.com

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