Posted by: anitanolan | June 14, 2011

E-Books Are the Next Chapter for Getting Kids to Read

We got our youngest, a reluctant reader, a Kindle for Christmas. Is he reading two hours a day, like the boy in the story below? No. But he is reading more than he was below. You might find this story from the Pioneer Press interesting:

Like many boys, David Olson wanted a Nintendo DS portable video game system for his 9th birthday.

His parents got him an e-book reader instead.

“When I tell people we got him a Kindle, they look confused,” says Tim Olson, the boy’s dad. “They ask, ‘Was he all right with that?’ ”

Oh, yeah. He was. He is.

“I used to read 50 minutes a day. Now I read maybe 120,” says David, who just finished third grade in Osceola, Wis. “I don’t know why I read more now. I guess I’ve just gotten in the habit of reading two hours a night, sitting in bed, curled up in a ball, reading with the Kindle light on.”

Just in time for summer vacation, digital reading devices have begun trickling down to kids.

Or at least, more parents are now saying “maybe.”

(Which we all know usually means “yes.”)

Read the rest here.


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