February 24, 2018

20 best to worst kids’ movies of 2013

best to worst kids' movies

By Julie Samrick If you’re thinking of renting a family DVD in the New Year, check out this list of best to worst choices to watch with your kids.   Frozen is the best movie of 2013 because every age will enjoy it equally. The cinematography is breathtaking and the full musical soundtrack is on par with… Read more

Child obesity rates decline

Obesity rates among preschoolers are falling in many states for the first time in decades, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. Read more

“Man of Steel” darker, more solitary in 2013

Man of Steel movie

By Julie Samrick As a girl I swooned over Christopher Reeve as Superman.  I don’t know if it was his strength or that single curl of hair that fell on his forehead. Or maybe it was those goofy glasses he wore as Clark Kent that still couldn’t hide his cuteness. Perhaps it was his smirk,… Read more

Arvind Mahankali, 13, wins 2013 National Spelling Bee

2013 national spelling bee

After coming in second and third place in the last two years, Arvind Mahankali finally clinched the Scripps’ 2013 National Spelling Bee title when he spelled “knaidel” correctly. Read why this word was fitting

The Great Mysteries of the Flu


By Julie Samrick It seems everyone I know has been affected by the same doozy of a flu virus this winter. I’ve heard more than one parent explain it as “death.” My 5th grader said there were 18 kids missing out of his class of 30 last week, so I thought for sure we were… Read more

Newbery, Caldecott, Best Children’s Books of Year Awarded


The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle this week. A list of all the 2013 award winners follows: The One and Only Ivan,written by Katherine Applegate, is… Read more

Flu Season Q&A

The flu season is off to a roaring start with a bug that looks “particularly severe,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. What do you need to know about the flu and how to keep from getting it? Read more