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Author Archives: Leslie Penkunas

7 books kids should read this summer, according to a school librarian (access required)

“The most important part of summer reading is to keep it fun and low-key, which makes pleasure reading a part of your child’s time away from school that they’ll enjoy,” says Pride. To kick off your kids’ summer reading, Pride gave TODAY a list of her must-read book for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade. See the books here at ...

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Ryan Reynolds Says Blake Lively Drove Him to the Hospital While She Was ‘Giving Birth’ (access required)

While imploring his wife to let him in on the secret behind her upcoming film A Simple Favor — in which a woman named Emily Nelson (Lively) mysteriously vanishes — Ryan Reynolds let slip that Lively, 30, actually drove him to the hospital while she was in labor. Read more at (warning: language).

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Step inside a MEGA Brain to learn about diseases and trauma (access required)

Visitors can explore the inside to learn about the various structures and normal brain function, observe examples of brain trauma and disease, and view displays explaining some of the latest neurological medical treatments.

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Libraries rock! (access required)

With the statewide theme “Libraries Rock,” the programs encourage kids to track the books they’ve read, and the time spent reading them, as well as other literacy-related activities, over the course of the summer.

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Nickelodeon Renews ‘Paw Patrol’ and 3 More Preschool Series (Exclusive) (access required)

Nickelodeon has renewed four series targeted at preschool-age viewers. Paw Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Rusty Rivets and Top Wing have all been picked up for additional seasons. In addition, the cable network is giving its preschool brand Nick Jr. a new on-air look. read all about it at

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