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Kids Love E-Readers; Parents Buying Them For 9 - 10 Year Olds
Santa brought my 9 year old a Kindle for Christmas and my child absolutely loves it. Ask her why and she will first and foremost mention its portability; “I can bring it anywhere,” she says. She will also add that it saves her from lugging “tons” of heavy books from the library. And, of course, there’s the cool factor, which in her age group consists of anything that smacks of “grown-up.”
An informal poll of other parents from our school showed that most children ages 9 to 11(fourth and fifth graders) received some kind of e-reading device, be it a Kindle, Nook, or iPad for the holidays, at the end of 2011. The most popular were the iPad and Nook Tablet. When I asked why, the most common reason was a grow-into-it mentality. One parent put it succinctly: “We figured [our child] is going to have to do more and more projects, incorporating visual media, and the tablet [or iPad] seemed to us a convenient device for all that multi-tasking.”
Growing Trend: Parents and Schools Buying E-Readers
This seems to be the trend, in spite of a November 21, 2011 article in the New York Times indicating that many parents still “insist on paper” for their children. (See that article here:http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/business/for-their-children-many-e-book-readers-insist-on-paper.html.) In fact, even school librarians seem to be using their resources to acquire e-readers and e-books for their students.
A friend of mine from Boulder, CO recently sent me a link to an article about a middle school librarian’s efforts in that regard:http://www.9news.com/news/local/article/236119/346/Librarian-turns-to-e-books-to-expand-school-library. In it, the middle school librarian states how excited the students are now about reading, thanks in no small part to the portability and flexibility of, and the broad selection available through, the electronic devices.
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