Do you read e-books with your kids?












I started reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods with my kids. I never read it as a child, although I devoured the television show, so the book is new to all of us. It took us quite a while to get through the first chapter, since there are lengthy descriptions of Pa hunting, butchering, and smoking various animals, so the family has food stored up for the winter. My little vegetarians had all sorts of questions– about what Laura and her family ate, but also about what life was like more than 100 years ago– without refrigerators, electricity, or all the toys and games that we have. My daughter couldn’t believe that Laura and Mary played with a blown up pig’s bladder as if it was a balloon. I love how the kids and I are sharing this book together and how it is sparking interesting conversations that meander in various directions.

Although we’ve embraced apps in our house we haven’t embraced e-books with the same gusto. We do have a few e-books on the ipad such as the traditional Dr. Seuss books as well as the more current Astrid and Siri, but that’s about it in the book department.

Maybe we, or really I, haven’t embraced e-books because I love picture books and I can’t imagine snuggling in bed with my kids and the ipad. When I read a book with my pre-reader I feel like she really studies the illustrations and searches the text for words she recognizes. I imagine if I brought the ipad into the kids’s rooms at night they’d be trying to negotiate a few quick games rather than settling into a story.

But we may be missing out on some wonderful e-books. I’ve been exploring the app and e-book reviews from The Horn Book Reader and the School Library Journal. Do you have favorite e-books that you read with your kids?


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  1. Emmy
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    We are readiing them too! We are now at the book the Long Winter which is appropriate in our freezing temps! I will have to check out the e-books.

  2. Marcia
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    We read all Ingalls books last winter. They were a favorite of mine as a kid. My friends mother made all the neighborhood girls bonnets out of calico.

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