|Kindle kids, via Eric Rice, Flikr|
One mom I know keeps a digital book loaded on her phone so she can read aloud to her kids when they’re stuck waiting for an appointment. Digital audiobooks keep your place saved for each time you come back to your book, often syncing between devices as well.
Many children who are beginning to read like increasing the font size on ebooks. One avid young reader said,
“I like it when I can’t see how many pages I have left, especially when I’m reading a really long book.”A heavy print book can seem intimidating. Reluctant readers find reading on a digital device appealing because their “just right” book looks just the same as everyone else’s book. The built-in dictionary, speech-to-text and audiobook syncing abilities of digital books can be a huge advantage to children struggling to read.
Explore your public library collection of ebooks; these collections are growing every month! You can download books to your smartphone, computer or tablet. Explore your library website or ask for help. I’ve found that the user interfaces of sites like Overdrive and Axis360 are continually improving.
|Reading together, via Robyn Jay, Flickr|
As you read together, talk about what you find interesting, how the story is coming to life in your imagination, what it makes you wonder about.
Read all the parts of this series, Using ebooks and digital media with young children. I'll share my thoughts in six parts:
- Part 1: Framework
- Part 2: Reading together
- Part 3: ebooks through public libraries
- Part 4: Playing together
- Part 5: Creating together
- Part 6: Resources to learn more
©2014 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books