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Audiobooks Inspire a Love of Stories in All Ages Summer Reading for Busy Families

Grandma always told you not to stare down at your shoes, because the best way to go through life is with your head held high. These days, that advice is better than ever, but it’s got nothing to do with a sunny disposition. No, we’re talking about text neck , a common injury that’s the result of our national obsession with cellphones. We’re always leaning over little screens at work, at home, out at dinner, and even in the car — although hopefully just as passengers! And all that hunching is bad news, Dr. Dean Fishman says. “For every 1 inch of forward head posture Summer reading lists are always popular, but most families rarely have time to have dinner together, let alone sit still reading for hours. Luckily, the ever-growing popularity of audiobooks means you don’t have to wait for school to start again for your kids to get back into literature. Here are a few great audiobooks you can introduce to your family this summer. For the Long Road Trip “The Bad Beginning” (A Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket, read by Tim Curry When a terrible fire destroys the Baudelaire mansion, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves orphans and are sent to live with the terrible Count Olaf. Convinced their awful new guardian is only after their fortune, the Baudelaires must use their intelligence and skills to

For Something Entirely New “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown, read by Kate Atwater When lonely robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she finds she’s trapped on a wild island. Struggling to survive and befriend the island’s hostile animal inhabitants, Roz must eventually face her mysterious past, which threatens to tear her home apart. This brand- new book is a stunning tale about the environment, technology, and the wonder of being alive. These are just a few of the many titles your family can enjoy this summer. Find even more by visiting or checking the audiobooks catalogue on iTunes.

away from neutral, the weight of your head increases by 100 percent,” he says. Obviously, your head doesn’t actually get heavier; Dr. Fishman is talking about the working load that your neck has to deal with. The farther you lean, the harder the neck works — and the more you risk injury. Most of us look at phones at a 60-degree angle. That’s like balancing a 60-pound weight on your head. Unsurprisingly, pain, strained muscles, and other injuries can result. But even scarier are the potential effects this has on developing bones, like those of stick together and (maybe) overcome their sad circumstances. Fans of the Netflix series will love to hear the story that started it all! Who knew such an unfortunate series could mean fun for the whole family? For Family Bonding “Half Magic” by Edward Eager, read by Words Take Wing A beloved family favorite since it was first published in 1954, “Half Magic” tells the story of siblings Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha, who discover a magic wish- granting coin. They soon realize the coin only grants half of what they wish for, and an unplanned vacation to the Sahara, followed by chaos in King Arthur’s court, is just a one of the hilarious misadventures this family must overcome together.

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children. While studies are still ongoing, there are real reasons to believe that spinal deformation may result from childhood smartphone and tablet use. The solution is simple: Change the angle at which you view your phone. A screen at eye level is much less stressful on your neck and back than a screen in your lap. Tablets can be propped up with cases designed for exactly that purpose — mimicking the angle at which we view laptops — and you’ll be better off in the long run. And if you already have text neck, those current injuries should be treated with physical therapy.

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