Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Kids and Ebooks

My nephew thinks his Kindle is the greatest. He's 11. As a voracious reader, he can carry around hundreds of novels instead of cramming his bookbag full of 25 pounds of books. And we all know kids stay on the go these days, and how much easier it is to carry an electronic reader.

In my recent post about embracing the ebook era, a children's writer disagreed with me, saying that she still believed in books and in children holding books. I don't disagree. However, I also believe that kids jump on reading, in any format. Some just may jump on it sooner and more often in electronic form.

The National Writing Project is an education endeavor to involve writing in education in a serious way. I receive their newsletter, always intrigued how serious teachers strive to make students want to write.

The mission of the NWP: The National Writing Project focuses the knowledge, expertise, and leadership of our nation's educators on sustained efforts to improve writing and learning for all learners.


The vision of the NWP: Writing in its many forms is the signature means of communication in the 21st century. The NWP envisions a future where every person is an accomplished writer, engaged learner, and active participant in a digital, interconnected world.


The website has many examples of how teachers urge students to become writers. Notice that they have recognized the need to incorporate technology in the education process. Enjoy this piece at the NWP site about involving the digital age in writing education: http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3154

All of us recall a favorite little book in our childhood hands. Most of us can name a book or two. The Velveteen Rabbit, Goodnight Moon, The Cat in the Hat, Little House on the Prairie, Where the Wild Things Are, and Are You My Mother? I still think books are fantastic gifts for children, but if they are already doing homework online, their tiny fingers dancing on buttons and keyboards, don't you think they would draw like a magnet to an electronic reader? Just because we get nostalgic over printed books doesn't mean that we are denying kids anything giving them an electronic reader.

Heck, we already put DVD players in the car. Wouldn't a Kindle, iPad or SONY e-reader make more sense?

4 comments:

Susan said...

Hello Hope. I think all of the above, PLUS books in hands, are a good idea. Whatever gets a kid reading, wherever, and whenever, is good. Susan

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

I agree, Hope. I think in order to continue to encourage our kids to read it is what we must do. A teacher I know is working on getting Kindles in her classroom, because if it will motivate them to read and then write, then that is what it is all about.

Barbara Techel
Author of Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series

Frankie, the Walk 'N Roll Dog said...

I agree, Hope. I think in order to continue to encourage our kids to read it is what we must do. A teacher I know is working on getting Kindles in her classroom, because if it will motivate them to read and then write, then that is what it is all about.

Barbara Techel
Author of Frankie the Walk 'N Roll Dog book series

Sioux Roslawski said...

Hope---A friend of mine has written a fairy tale about baseball.Your nephew might enjoy it. (It's linked on my blog www.siouxspage.blogspot.com) and is right on the web--he could read it on his computer.) It has sounds, and has some "gross" spots (involving spit) that would probably appeal to him. It's called "Once Upon a Curve" and is near the top of my blog, on the right-hand side.