Kindle and Kids

Kindle and Kids

Julia Cho
Jun 30, 2010

Have you ever read to your child on a Kindle or other e-book reading device? Or will you let them start reading on it at a certain age? While there are clearly strong opinions by traditional book lovers and those who appreciate new technology, we're curious what you think about it when it comes to your kids?

Personally, we're old-fashioned. We love the feel of a page turning. We love examining the cover and flaps of a book before we even get started. But... we haven't yet used an e reader so we can't really say with certainty that it wouldn't grow on us.

Since our daughter's books are all illustrated, we'll definitely be continuing to read her real books. We only purchase our absolute favorites, and take out new books from the library just about every week. The tactile experience of turning pages, carrying the books from one place to another, or picking out her favorite from a basket or shelf, is an experience we would never take from her. At her age (21 months), this is the way she is falling in love with books and reading.

When she's older, we'd probably feel comfortable with the idea of her using an e-reading device for school textbooks so she doesn't have to carry them all back and forth.

For parents of younger children, the best use we can think of would probably be for the parent, while sitting in the car with a napping child.

What do you think? Do e readers have a place in your family reading?

Kindle Your Kids? from the Huffington Post.

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