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Reading Nonfiction with Your Toddler

On your next trip to the library, don’t just stop at the picture book aisles, wander on over to the nonfiction for kids or juvenile nonfiction. Nonfiction reading for kids does not have to be boring. In fact, we’ve found that toddlers love it! Their little brains are sponges just waiting to absorb all the information about the world that they can. Fill that brain with more than just stories. Fill it with knowledge. It is never too early to start a love for learning and a desire to obtain new information. As you will see, the benefits of nonfiction reading are priceless and there are some simple and fun ways you can encourage this type of reading in your toddler.

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6 Ways to Help Your Child Lead a Literary Life

Between Frozen backpacks, Ninja Turtle t-shirts and Cars action figures (and toothbrushes, lunch boxes, snack packs — you name it!), kids today are inundated with pop culture products. Not only are these products often gimmicky and overpriced, they also encourage kids to watch more TV, see more movies and play more video games.

Kids already spend far too much time in front of screens — the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that kids spend a total of seven hours a day on entertainment media, which includes televisions, computers, phones and other electronic devices. In fact, television and other electronic media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2 and limited to no more than 2 hours a day as kids and teens, according to the AAP.

We all know that kids should spend less time watching TV and more time reading books. One way to encourage kids to read more is to make reading as fun as watching TV! There are lots of activities, crafts and games that you can do with your child to get them excited about their favorite books. Here are six ways you can help your child lead a literary life.

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10 Screen-Free Summer Activities for Kids

Did you know that the average kid between the ages of 2-6 spends about two hours a day in front of a screen (and, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, that’s a conservative number)?  What’s more, the AAP estimates that kids ages 8-18 spend more than seven hours a day looking at screen media.

Gulp.

This summer, let’s shift the media imbalance, ok? Let’s pledge to get moving, go outside and make some lasting memories! Here are 10 screen-free activities you and your family can do this summer.

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