Distraction— a drawback of reading a book on a device.

March 6, 2012

A recent article in the NYT, “Finding your Book Interrupted…By the Tablet You Read It on.” http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/05/business/media/e-books-on-tablets-fight-digital-distractions.html?_r=1&ref=books calls attention to some of the drawbacks of reading on a device.
“Finding your Book Interrupted” speaks to the distracting nature of reading on a device. Children reading books they hold in their hands encourage then to acquire the habit of reading and help establish good reading and comprehension skills.
I watch children reading digitally and I see how multi-tasking and distraction are part of that experience. Offering children digitally interactive book brings up other issues as well.
I recently looked at the popular Alice and Wonderland digital book app and I found it difficult to get to the story— which took a back seat to the inter active nature of the app.
Offer children a book they hold in their hands with a great story they can get lost in –and let them use their own imagination to conjure up the sounds, sights and smells the story evokes. .
My worry is that children reading on digital devices are losing some of the essential qualities of reading—the ability to concentrate deeply, reflect and peruse meaning.

The Cat in the Hat was a book that changed the way kids learned to read.

March 2, 2012

Theodor Seuss Geisel (3.2.1904), best known as Dr. Seuss is credited with “killing off” the Dick and Jane Books by creating the first I Can Read book in 1957. Here is the back story to how The Cat in the Hat came to be written. In 1954 John Hersey wrote an article in Life Magazine […]


Don’t even think of allowing your child to leave childhood behind without experiencing the sheer delight of the Frances books.

March 1, 2012

Russell Hoban, author of more than fifty books for children, including some true classics of children’s literature, died December 13,2011. His book, A Bargain for Frances is one of those books I will always remember, as much for the story line a for the conversation the book prompted. Badgers, Thelma and Frances are best friends […]


Aldous Huxley said, “ Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” Let’s prove him wrong!

February 27, 2012

Rules and parenting go hand in hand and all too often conversations on rules can easily sound like a sermon or a warning. As children get older they get very good at seeing one of these conversations coming and they tune us out. They have heard it before—and often they have heard it multiple times. […]


Happy Valentine’s Day to the Oxford English Dictionary!

February 14, 2012

In honor of Valentine’s Day I just received an email with selected poems for every relationship under the sun. As much as I enjoyed many of the poems, I was pleased to see that my Valentine Greeting, to the Oxford English Dictionary is one of a kind! The OED recently released its 2011 edition and […]


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