March 18, 2002 12:00 PM

Taking a cue from their hit duet “Squeeze Me In,” Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made time for fourth graders—and each other—in Marana, Ariz., where they read to children during Read Across America Week.

Minneapolis native Josh Hartnett and his high school sweetheart, actress Ellen Fenster, toured Manhattan, where the actor promoted his film 40 Days and 40 Nights.

At a Manhattan fete for her new CD Full Moon, Brandy showed off her new husband, music producer Robert Smith (above left, with talk show host Ananda Lewis), and her new shape: The newlyweds are expecting a daughter in July. “I’m going to be a real mommy,” says Brandy. “I’m going to nurse.”

Court gestures: Working one-on-one at a Lakers-Houston Rockets game in L.A., Steven Spielberg directed son Sawyer, 10, on the proper way to cheer: Put your lips together and blow. The whistler’s mother is actress Kate Capshaw.

Fly girls: Oscar nominee Kate Winslet happily shouldered single mom duties as she and 16-month-old daughter Mia boarded an L.A.-bound flight at London’s Heathrow airport. “She’s my little mate,” said Winslet, who is divorced from director Jim Threapleton.

Wet nap: Celine Dion shuttled her slumbering 13-month-old son René-Charles through a light rain in L.A. A New Day Has Come, her new CD, is due March 26. (For more celebrity babies, see page 124.)

Strain Man: On Germany’s hit game show Wetten Das? (translation: “Bet It?”), Dustin Hoffman belted out “You Are My Sunshine,” backed up by Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz, after the actor lost a wager involving the program’s contestants. Judging from the look on Kravitz’s face, Hoffman’s rendition was no deutsche treat.

The three tenors of pop: Ricky Martin joined touring piano men Elton John (left) and Billy Joel onstage for a scorching, bon-bon shaking rendition of “Great Balls of Fire” during the duo’s 10-city tour stop at an arena in Sunrise, Fla.

In Las Vegas, past Survivor champs Ethan Zohn and Tina Wesson proved that they can outlast, outwit, outplay and outspell the competition by flashing a winner’s “W” while signing autographs to promote the CBS series.

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