Disney Junior’s Spidey & His Amazing Friends Is Perfect For Your Superhero-Obsessed Toddler

by JAMIE KENNEY for romper.com It’s an age-old problem for parents of toddlers and preschoolers: your kid loves superheroes… like, loves them. But the movies are just a bit too dark, scary, and violent to share with your 3-year-old. Fortunately, Disney Junior and Marvel Entertainment are here to save the day with a brand new superhero show just for preschoolers (though we have…

Local children benefit from Dolly’s Parton’s Imagination Library program with free books

Jeff Barron Lancaster Eagle-Gazette LANCASTER – Katelynn and Kalli Santora eagerly await the mail delivery one day each month when they receive a free book from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Katelynn, 5, and Kalli, 3, are two of the hundreds of children locally who are part of country star Dolly Parton’s reading program. Children from birth to 5 are eligible for one free book…

30 OF THE BEST AUDIBLE BOOKS FOR KIDS

By Summer Loomis for bookriot.com I really enjoy audiobooks and use Audible often for my book listening needs. However, finding titles on Audible — particularly the best Audible books for kids — can sometimes be a challenge. I don’t mean when you know what you’re looking for, but I mean when you’re looking for recommendations. One quick idea for helping with this…

Is my now socially awkward kid ever going to start behaving normally again?

By Rachel Buchholz for National Geographic Lately I’ve been reading a lot of horror stories about adults behaving very badly, everything from diners dumping out to-go boxes at the front door of a restaurant because they were irritated with their wait time, to fliers punching out flight attendants who were just trying to do their jobs. Some will blame this on divisive politics or social…

Brain’s sensory processor may prompt memory problems in autism

BY LAUREN SCHENKMAN for spectrumnews.org Silencing several autism- or schizophrenia-linked genes in the thalami of mice increases neuronal excitability there and leads to memory problems reminiscent of those seen in people with these conditions, a new study shows. A drug that reverses the hyperexcitability boosts the animals’ recall, suggesting an avenue for future therapies, researchers say. “It’s exciting to see how different genetic…

Water Cooler: Learn and read about the Paralympic Games

By Rachel Baker for spokesman.com The Summer Paralympic Games are set to kick off on Aug. 25 and will bring athletes from all over the world to highlight their achievements and talents as they compete with various disabilities. Before the Paralympic Games were organized, only a few disabled athletes had the chance to compete at the Olympic level. In 1948, the…