4.22 National Screen Free week April 29th — May 5th

National Screen Free week April 29th — May 5th

How many hours do I spend in front of a screen? Too many. After all, here I am typing this.

I’ve turned into more of a computer screen/iPad screen guy. There is so much to do. So much to learn… to follow. So many ways to grow and experiment.

And yet…

Imagine going about your day without the trappings of screen media: no phones, computers, tablets, televisions. Preschoolers today spend as much as 4.1 to 4.6 hours per day on one screen or another. Including multi-tasking, children 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours per day with screens. This Spring, Random House Children’s Books is issuing a challenge: UNPLUG & READ during Screen Free Week April 29 – May 5.

Inspired by Dan Yaccarino’s Doug Unplugged (On sale February 12, 2013) about a robot who discovers that the real world trumps the virtual, we are launching Random House Unplugs: A Screen Free Week promotion. We are committed to supporting teachers, librarians, booksellers and parents in their efforts to encourage children to UNPLUG & READ during Screen Free Week from April 29 – May 5.
Screen Free Week is the annual celebration from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) that encourages turning off screens and turning on life. CCFC’s Screen Free Week is a creative response to growing public health concerns about the unprecedented time children spend with entertainment screen media—television, computers, video games, and smart phones. Studies show that Preschoolers spend as much as 4.1 to 4.6 hours per day using screen media. Including multi-tasking, children 8 to 18 spend 7.5 hours per day with screens. Unplugging for one week provides an opportunity to reset media habits, establishing a healthy, sustainable tradition of media consumption in households and schools.
Here is a super video put together by Random House Children’s Books:
From April 29—May 5 I will endeavor to spend less time in front of the screen. Expect fewer blog posts… and MUCH more reading.
Heilbroner is known for writing Robert the Rose Horse fifty years ago:———>
Perhaps some of my readers would be interested in her NEW early reader, sent by Random House for me to review:
How do you know this book is right for you?
Life is tough for Sneaker the snake. Everyone wants to take the other pets home…
Until Pete comes along. Pete thinks a snake is the perfect pet.
They have a lot of fun together discovering all kinds of things that snakes are good at playing.
When Sneaker sneaks to school with Pete, the kids think he’s gross, but quickly warm up to this cool character.
And when summer comes and Sneaker isn’t aloud to swim at the town pool, can he once again gain acceptance?
Easy to read? Yes. And also a simply beautiful book for sharing a great message: Everyone has value; everyone has something to offer.
Follow the rest of the UNPLUG blog tour here.
Here are some good recommendations for middle grade books.
If you and your family participate in Screen Free Week, you can even print and sign this certificate.

Happy reading!

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