In the technology-filled world that we live in, it is easy to get swept up in obsessing over the latest gadget or getting glued to the screen, especially during the holiday shopping season. At the same time, the holidays are a time when families are together unwinding. As such, they present a good opportunity for the whole family to disconnect from devices and go tech-free for a while!
Here are some recommended picture books to read with your child that illustrate the joys of unplugging.
A child seeks a way to communicate with parents and a brother who are busy with their electronic devices.
Chloe Bunny lives with her big family of ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters, but it is only Chloe who is able to compete with the new television set that Dad brings home one evening.
Upset that her family is so focused on the screens on their various electronic devices that they no longer talk, laugh, and play games together, Ella takes all of their chargers and small devices.
When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.
Doug the robot discovers that cities are much more than downloaded facts when he unplugs from the computer feed and explores one first-hand.
A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.
Do you have any children’s book recommendations regarding technology you’d like to share? Post in the comments below!
*Thanks to Kathy Kleckner of Dakota County Libraries for the recommendations at the Minnesota Library Association Conference 2013- “Early Literacy and Screen Time.”
Sarah Hawkins, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library