Coping with Kids: Custom fortune cookies delivers message

| Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, 9:23 p.m.

The award-winning Fortune Cookie Maker by Moose Toys allows children to make, decorate and create custom messages in fortune cookies at home. It sells for $27.99 at nationwide stores.

‘Who's on First' captures Abbott, Costello routine

The classic routine of “Who's on First” by iconic comedians William “Bud” Abbott and Lou Costello takes on new life as a picture book from Quirk Books, aimed at ages 7 and older. The book “Who's on First” goes on sale in late February for $16.95.

Book illustrates how to tie a tie

Kids need to learn how to tie shoes and scarves — and in an illustrated children's book, they can learn how to tie a necktie. “Learn to Tie a Tie with the Rabbit and the Fox” is written by Sybrina Durant and illustrated by Donna Marie Naval.

The book ($14.95) walks kids through the process with cartoons and words, and Durant wrote a bonus song that will make it hard for readers to forget how to tie a tie.


Greater ebook access would increase reading

The percentage of kids who read ebooks has nearly doubled — 25 percent to 46 percent since 2010, according to the newly released Kids & Family Reading Report. The study, a biannual report from Scholastic, also reported that half of children ages 9 to 17 said they would read more if they had greater access to ebooks.

About half of parents (49 percent) said their kids do not spend enough time reading for fun; in 2010, 36 percent of parents said they were dissatisfied with their kids' reading time. In the survey, 72 percent of parents expressed interest in their children reading ebooks.

CDC: preteens should get HPV vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that preteen girls and boys, ages 11 and 12, receive the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination.

In the United States each year, there are about 18,000 women and 7,000 men affected by HPV-related cancers, including mouth/throat; anal; cervix, vulva and vagina in women; and penis in men. Many of those cancers could be prevented with the vaccination, according to the CDC.

NewsUSA reports that more than 46 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been distributed, and studies continue to demonstrate the vaccines are safe.

For more information about the HPV vaccine and other vaccines recommended for preteens, visit

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