Two great weeks in one! This week is both Screen-Free Week and Children’s Book Week.
Screen Free Week
Screen-Free Week is an annual, international celebration when families, schools, and communities swap digital entertainment for the joys of life beyond the screen. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing with apps and video games, they read, play, think, create, get active, and spend more time with family and friends.
Remember, Screen-Free Week is about taking a break from digital entertainment. You can celebrate, and still use devices for work or school. But if screens of any kind interfere with family time (including meals), you may want to rethink how and when you’re using them.
Digital entertainment dominates the lives of so many children. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. It is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing. Screen-Free Week is a fun way to reduce our dependence on digital entertainment, including television, video games, smartphones, tablets, and computers. It’s a chance for children—and adults—to power down and reconnect with the world around them.
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Children’s Book Week
Children’s Book Week is a cornerstone program of Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Children’s book week was established in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every Child a Reader understands that it is not enough for children to learn to read — it is essential that they enjoy their personal and shared reading experiences so that they will nurture those skills for the rest of their lives. Every Child a Reader’s vibrant national programs connect kids with their favorite books and authors to create meaningful experiences that will instill a lifelong love of reading at zero cost to kids and caregivers.
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