Children’s ebooks are a fun and interactive way to introduce your child to the love of reading. Many of today’s most popular authors offer their books to be purchased and downloaded as an ebook. These ebooks often come with special features and built in links to related material that may be of interest to the reader as well.
Benefits Of Children’s Ebooks
Many people have heard the term ebook but have never actually seen or read one. This is a great loss as ebooks can really help young children get involved with the literary world.
If you try to sit a 5 year old down and read him Treasure Island, it’s going to be a battle and you may experience some resistance. If you were to get Treasure Island as an ebook however, it might have cool pirate music and pictures that help add a better sensory experience to it.
If you’re reading an ebook about dragons, there might be links within the text that will take you to a website all about dragons. There is much more to children’s ebooks than just this however.
Many ebooks offer this kind of interactivity and might even come with an audio CD or multimedia CD included. This encourages children of all ages to become involved with different types of literature and can build a lifelong love of books.
A good thing about children’s ebooks is that you can get them immediately from the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to wait weeks for an ordered book to arrive and you don’t have to browse a bookstore which can be a daunting task if you have a younger child. They also don’t get destroyed, lost, spilled on, or chewed up!
Some ebooks will read the story page by page by clicking on an icon and this can help children learn phonics and tone. Many children with attention deficit disorder have improved their ability to pay attention with ebooks.
Some children just can’t pay attention to a standard book but when they are at a computer or other multimedia device, they have an easier time. This is because reading a standard book is a passive activity but clicking a mouse to change pictures and flip pages is much more active.
Some children are just resistant to reading period. They just don’t want anything to do with sitting and reading a book and won’t let you read them one. If this happens, try an ebook. As long as it’s something kid friendly and not boring, you might find you have an avid reader on your hands! Pictures and audio can really spice up almost any book.
In the age of video games, any educational opportunity shouldn’t be overlooked and ebooks are a great way for beginning readers to learn and help older readers improve their skills.
Features of Children’s Ebooks
What really makes children’s ebooks great is the amount of special features many of them come with. Of course not all of them do, but by searching around you will find some that have sound effects, music, pictures, even video to go along with the text. Some children’s ebooks even double as audiobooks and you can follow along as it is read to you.
Sound effects might sound odd for books but there is no better place to have them. If lighting crashes in a certain part of the book, it can have a small sound icon for your child to click and it will play lighting and thunder sounds. This really appeals to many young readers and can be a lot of fun with silly books.
Music and songs are sometimes featured in children’s ebooks. This works especially well if it is a well known story with a famous song in it. Disney ebooks often feature all kinds of music and songs.
One of the coolest features that some children’s ebooks have is video. Sure pictures are nice but to see a ship rocking on the water instead of standing still can make a big difference. When something important happens in the ebook, there might be a video that accompanies it and has a little replay of what was just read too.
One of the great things about children’s ebooks is that they are pretty much indestructible. It’s frustrating to go buy your child a $18.00 hardback book only to find it a week later covered in play doh or half eaten by the child or an animal in the house. With ebooks, they are pretty secure and almost impossible to destroy.
Ebook Readers For Children
Not all companies release their ebooks in the same format, but many of them will offer you a couple different format choices. The easiest format to use and manipulate is the .PDF format.
This is a format developed by Adobe Acrobat which sometimes comes pre-installed on computers. Most textbooks for online colleges come in this format. It is very easy to use and completely free unless you want to use the very advanced options.
If you have a Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, or handheld Windows device, you can use iSilo Reader. Unfortunately, this only offers you a 14-day free trial before you have to purchase it.
Mobipocket Reader is a great alternative to this because you get a 14-day free trial but you can use it for free even after it expires. You just don’t have access to advanced features. The types of reader programs you use will vary depending on your preferred device.
Even a Sony PSP can be used for ebooks as well as a Blackberry. Many game devices allow you to download and read ebooks too. If your child already has a Nintendo DS or PSP, you might check their official sites and see what type of ebook software they support.
One of the older ebook reading devices is the Franklin eBookMan. These do run about $150.00 but are very sturdy and are easy to use. Even a 4-year old could use an eBookMan just fine. They do have some special features that make them a lot like any typical PDA. This could be overkill for a child but might work for a teenager. Sony has one of the coolest ebook reading devices available. It has easy to read text and is very sturdy.
Many people don’t feel comfortable letting children use any of these handheld devices because they can be quite pricey. The best bet for children is still by far the home computer. It’s very difficult to damage and you can even keep track of how many pages they read in a certain time. This is a great option for homework.
If you decide you want to get any type of ebook reading device, make sure your child is old enough to use it properly and it won’t get broken.
Educational Resources for Kids:
Eye Can Too! Read: Vision Therapy Workbooks – A series of three e-books sold separately that provide graded academic activities for Pre-K through 8th grade home-schoolers that rely on and provide experience using learning-related vision skills. Optometrists can use these ebooks as a stand-alone product or in combination with their in-office program of vision therapy. These activities are perfect home therapy tools for patients with ocular motilities deficits, delays in laterality & directionality, or delays in the development of their visual perceptual skills.
How To .Teach .Children To. Read – Step-by-step ebook for parents and teachers to teach reading skills to children. 29 steps, 90 activities, 50 color illustrations. 100 pages of games and information to teach reading and writing skills.
Robot Reader Reading Games and Phonics Games – Let your child discover the wonder and joy of reading. Robot Reader gives children the core skills they need to be confident, successful readers. Improve kids reading skills with these reading games and phonics games for school or homeschool education.