If you’ve been reading Tech Savvy Mama for awhile, you probably noticed my love of books and all things reading related. Maybe my love of reading is due to the fact that I spent most of my teaching career teaching first graders how to read and then left the classroom and taught teachers how to integrate websites and software into their reading curriculum. And I admit to being a book geek at heart.
As a techie book geek, I’ve found something new to love: Audible Kids. I’ve been busy downloading favorite children’s titles in the form of audio books from Audible Kids for summer road trips and long plane flights. Audible Kids has a dizzying array of books for all ages, including adults. This easy to use site is awesome and is certainly worthy of being Website of the Week!
And if you are worried that by introducing your children to an iPod loaded with audio stories from Audible Kids will make them run from bound books with actual pages and never visit a library or bookstore with you ever again, ponder these stats:
- 75% of kids age 5-17 agree with the statement, “No matter what I can do online, I’ll always want to read books printed on paper.”
- 62% of kids surveyed say they prefer to read books printed on paper rather than on a computer or a handheld device.
- Children age 5-17 and their parents, also found that kids who go online to extend the reading experience – by going to book or author Web sites or connecting with other readers – are more likely to read books for fun every day.
- Both boys and girls (age 9-17) say that they prefer to read books rather than read things on the Internet when they want to use their imagination (63% vs. 37%).
- Boys are more likely to say the Internet is better than books when they want to read for fun (54% vs. 46%). Girls choose books (63% vs. 37%).
- Two in three children believe that within the next 10 years, most books which are read for fun will be read digitally – either on a computer or on another kind of electronic device.
Statistics from The Kids & Family Reading Report ™
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