I’m a mixed bag when it comes to e-readers. I am the owner of a Kindle and while I like it and use it, it is not my method of choice when it comes to books and reading.
I am also a mixed bag when it comes to e-readers and kids. My son will use his Kindle Fire periodically for reading. I'm not crazy about reading from a lit-up screen (my Kindle is of the paper white variety), but if he's actually reading, I can support it.
When it comes to E-readers, there are a few things I really like:
- E-readers make traveling with lots of books way easier.
- For kids who may be turned off by the size of a book, e-readers can mask this.
- The dictionary feature makes it really easy to look up unknown words.
- If you get your e-books from the library, you don’t have to keep track of library books or worry about loosing them.
- Some books are available to listen to through the e-reader as well as read along.
There are also a few things I don't like about E-readers:
- If an e-reader/tablet has games on it, kids can be distracted much quicker.
- Reading on a lit-up tablet may hamper sleep.
- If you get your e-books from the the library, they can disappear from your reader before you are done reading them.
I would be curious about your thoughts on e-readers/tablets for your kids. Do your kids ever read books this way? What kind of device do they read on? Do you take advantage of checking out books from the library on your tablet/e-reader if they do?
For those of you who do use a Kindle, reader, or tablet of some kind, another plus (albeit a dangerous plus for your wallet) are the great deals you can find on e-books, which brings me to today's list! There are some great children's e-book deals available this month on Amazon. (If you don't have an actual Kindle, you can still read Kindle books. Just download the free Kindle app on your phone or tablet to do so.)
Here are some of my favorites:
From Amazon: Shortly after a fall-out with her best friend, sixth grader Miranda starts receiving mysterious notes, and she doesn’t know what to do. The notes tell her that she must write a letter—a true story, and that she can’t share her mission with anyone.
It would be easy to ignore the strange messages, except that whoever is leaving them has an uncanny ability to predict the future. If that is the case, then Miranda has a big problem—because the notes tell her that someone is going to die, and she might be too late to stop it.
I loved this book and so did my 5th grader when he read it for school. It was a book he recommended to me!
From Amazon: Long Story Short will help busy parents share with their children how every story in the Old Testament points forward to God's story of salvation through Jesus Christ. You won't find a more important focus for a family devotional than a daily highlighting of the gospel of grace. Clever stories and good moral lessons may entertain and even help children, but the gospel will transform children. The gospel is deep enough to keep the oldest and wisest parents learning and growing all their lives, yet simple enough to transform the heart of the first grader who has just begun to read. Ten minutes a day, five days a week is enough time to pass on the most valuable treasure the world has ever known.
This is the devotional our family is reading together right now and it is a good one!
From Amazon: Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. But it's not just any old treehouse, it's the most amazing treehouse in the world!
This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry.
Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn't for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, a sea monsters pretending to be mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles!
Lots of pictures, lots of laughs. This is one of my boys' favorite series.
Those are my top 3 Kindle deals of the month; in case you are curious there are more. Some of these I've read, most I haven't, click on the book covers to find out more:
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