Will you be unplugging your kids for screen free week? Or maybe your kids already know the joys of doing without televisions, computers and mobile devices? There’s nothing wrong with mixing kids and technology, but a week off can inspire your kids to discover new ways of keeping themselves entertained.
Celebrate Unplugged Life with Picture Books
Unplug with books! Guess what? There are actually picture books that show your kids the joys of interacting with the unplugged world! If your kids are balking at the idea of giving up television, computers, and mobile apps for an entire week (a whole week!) pick up one of these picture books which tout the miracles which will happen when they do. You’ve still got plenty of time to steel yourself up for screen-free week and build up your book reserves! (Note: book covers and titles are affiliate links)
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Doug Unplugged. My kids and I enjoyed this new book so much! Doug is a robot and his robot parents lovingly plug him in every day so he can download all sorts of interesting information. Then one day, Doug spots a pigeon on the windowsill and goes – unplugged – into the outside world, where he learns not all relevant information comes from an outlet. You will see this book heavily marketed this month as Random House is using the title character in its blog tour all month promoting its books. (No, I am not part of that marketing event, nor was I even asked to be! Harumph.) Ironically, it’s also available as an ebook.
hello! hello! This selection from Mathew Cordell was one of our top books of 2012. Lydia’s family members are all glued to their personal screens. When Lydia’s screen goes dark she is lured outside by an open doorway. What she discovers out there is so marvelous she convinces her family to drop their electronic devices and join her. Ironically, also available as an ebook.
Chloe. Chloe from Henry in Love has her own book! When a large television takes over family fun time, Chloe must convince her parents and 10 brothers and sisters what every toddler knows: the packaging (bubble wrap and cardboard box) is much more fun that the gift (the tv)!
Blackout. I have a soft spot for Rocco’s book set in Brooklyn and inspired by the Great Blackout of 2003. When an entire city goes dark a family finds joy on the rooftops and streets of their community. And when the lights come back on? Well, sometimes it’s good to turn them right back off. Rocco’s color-saturated illustrations are spectacular and this book found it’s way on to many “best of” lists in 2011.
Press Here. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your kids will balk at the idea of giving up the iPad for a whole week (gasp!) introduced them to a book I like to call a “screen-free app. Each page of this interactive book requires kids perform a task that sets in motion a series of magical events. Press Here is also my #1 gift recommendation for kids ages 1-3.
I’m Bored. Turn the tables on kids whose favorite phrase is the dreaded “I’m booooorreeeed….” A young protagonist with the blaahs tries to convince a potato (here I had the pleasure of explaining the term “couch potato” to my son) that, in fact, kids are far from boring. The potato, however, remains unconvinced and the fun twist at the end will get your kids giggling.
A Few Blocks. Although Cybèle Young’s book may not seem to fit in with this list, parents of squabbling siblings who need to remind them of the pleasures of cooperative imaginative play. Exquisite illustrations concocted from painted 3-dimensional paper sculpture tell the story of a sister who uses fantasy and storytelling to help her brother on their way to school.
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