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Parents, Kids, and E-books

Updated on June 25, 2014
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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: 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: 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.

Weigh In On This Issue

What do you think? Does the medium on which kids are reading matter? Let’s bring the debate to HubPages, through your comments below! Let us know, too, whether you are a parent, educator, or simply an involved adult and how that shapes your opinion.


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    Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

    This is a world of electronic gadgets. And if they get the job done which is ultimately the pursuit of reading, it works for me. I am not a child of this era. Children taught me how to use the old Apple that used floppy discs back in the early eighties. I had no clue. The first computer I ever saw filled an entire room.

    Our children will be using this electronic gadgetry from now on so making it part of their lives at home is a wise move. Interesting hub.

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    Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    @msviolets: Like you, I've noticed my daughter reading at a higher level, or as you say, literature that seems daunting by page count, on the Kindle when, at the library just weeks before, she had refused to contemplate the book. I'm definitely on the "whatever it takes to keep them reading" side of this debate!

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    msviolets 5 years ago

    As a parent, I find that my high-level reader finds the ebook format to be less intimidating than the 'on her level' paper versions of books. Whereas I love a nice thick book to dive into, and watch the pages pass, she prefers the easy-to-handle ebook. She likes old fashioned books too, but on the ereader in our household she's almost halfway through Alice in Wonderland (which she wouldn't look twice at in the library due to it's thick page count)