I am, and will always be, a fan of traditional books. There is nothing quite like the tactile feel of a book in your hands or the smell that awakens your senses as you turn each page, whether it is a new book, or a musty old friend. So why would I encourage you to introduce your child to e-books?
The answer is quite simple. Technology. Kids love technology. They are of a different era. Their universe revolves around the digital world, so why should their books be any different? I’m not saying to forsake traditional books– I shudder at the thought. However, make sure to surround your child with a variety of options to keep, and hold, their interest!
In truth, there are several reasons why e-books are a good alternative. Aside from the above, in my opinion, the greatest attribute is that books are easily accessible on a Kindle or similar device. Kids love instant gratification. You love instant pacification. Long car ride? A book can be downloaded in a mere minute. There are no trips to your local library or book store required.
Another benefit is Kindle’s Dictionary feature. Not sure of a word? Your older child can instantly find the meaning. Additionally, the word will be added to the Vocabulary Builder so they (or you, if you’re being sneaky and checking their progress) can refer back to it later.
For the younger child, there is the Kindle Fire Kid Edition. I love this concept, and so will your little one. The best part? If your kid breaks it, Amazon will replace it for up to two years—no questions asked! This is direct from their website:
This Kindle Kid edition also includes a one-year Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription which includes over 10,000 books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—all of this—with full parental controls. Yep, you’re still in the driver’s seat, which is exactly where I liked to be when it came to my own daughter’s education. The nice part about this Kindle edition is that everything is tailored to your child’s age so they are offered appropriate selections.
In addition, many authors love to promote children’s literacy and will offer you the best of both worlds! For example, Dani and the Haunted House is available in paperback, Kindle, and audio. For those that order the paperback version on Amazon ($5.99), they can also download the Kindle version (reg. $2.99) for FREE! This is an incentive to help children read and keep them excited. They will always have their book available on-the-go with any Kindle reading app, whether it is their own personal Kindle or Mom or Dad’s cell phone. The important thing is to keep your child reading! Again, many authors offer this type of bundling. Some will offer the Kindle version for free, while others will offer it at a reduced rate.
In a perfect world, my wish would be for every child to have their own personal bookcase filled with their favorite books and an e-book reader. Wouldn’t it be lovely if such a world existed? I encourage you to help make this dream a reality for your own child. Moving forward—both traditional and digital—books will play a vital role in your child’s educational future.
Wishing you all the best,