Tuesday, March 4, 2014

See Jane Run on a Tablet?


See Macy Read on an Electronic Tablet?
See Dawson interact on an iPhone?
How can this be true?
Oh what to do ...what to do?
You mean ...there'll be no more finger turning pages of Green Eggs and Ham too ... in a paperback or hard cover to delight you?
How did we miss this digital clue?
Did it sneak up on us before we could say shoo?
Shall we save our trees and follow the digital light ...
to a land far away from Dick and Jane on New Millennium's fictional afterlife.

Kiki here with a quick infomercial on the new digital climate in children's literature.  

Who? What? Where? Why? How?

Sure, with technology comes a sleuth of questions?  What better way to ask them than in our beloved Dr. Seuss's poetic way. But a question still floats above our adult heads with giant question marks.  Is this the end of children reading bound books? Will we stop seeing kids carrying their favorite Dr. Seuss?

“You have brains in your head.  

You have feet in your shoes. 

You can steer yourself any direction you choose. 
You're on your own. 
And you know what you know. 
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” 

Will that decision be for kids to say goodbye to books for good, and hello to wearing computer glasses earlier than they should.   

It's Easy as 1,2,3..

The answer is simple for kids.  
They love tablets and they love losing themselves in a good story. But the smallest screen isn't playing fair.  Illustrated interactive books are taking the apps world by storm.  

Kids love spending hours on their tablets playing games, so why not get them reading?  Guess what, parents love them too.  This love grew when  Kindle Fire Tablet added parental controls that allow parents to decide when it's time for a child to stop.  So little Emma and little Ray can leave the electronics behind and enjoy an activity that let's them move their bodies.  Yes, it's grins all around.

What does Kiki say about the end to children reading bound books?  A resounding no way... IMHO! (In my humble opinion.) 

As long as  Kayla can play dress-up with Eloise in her Plaza Penthouse suite and Tyler can hide out from a bully with a journaling Wimpy Kid, there will be tangible books kids can drop ketchup mustard on like their parents and grandparents before them. 

But unlike their grandparents, they'll be able to click on a game to help the character escape from a bully and find a new adventure in a five star hotel.  The important thing is to keep children reading, especially boys.

(The Bug Barians)


1. Create a Summer Book Club

Start a summer book club with your child's friends, pint-sized relatives or neighbors 8 to 12.  This is the time period where boys often lose interest in reading books.

Pre-school to 2nd Graders
The Bug Barians

The Bug Barians® is an ensemble cast but if there’s one lead – it’s the jittery and accident prone ‘Clonk The Clonkerer’.  Think of him as the Gilligan of the bunch and you’ll be in the ball park.  Sure he causes things to happen, but Clonk means well and he’s as lovable and innocent as a clumsy six armed Viking Bug who winds up sitting on his horned helmet a lot – can be.  Plus…if it wasn’t for Clonk, the adventures wouldn’t be half as fun. He’s a Bug Barian through and through.

3rd to 4th Graders
Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco by Jarrett Krosoczka - Alfred a. Knopf, 2011

Superhero Lunch Lady and the Breakfast Bunch save the day from art thieves in this fun graphic novel set in an art museum. (Series)

By Kate Klise

Seymour Hope and his friend Wy Fye must expose the mysterious, troublesome individual who is determined to close the ghastly post office that will ultimately sever the connection of the mansion's ghostwriters with their fans. (series)

2.  Plan Movie Night of Book Adaptations

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Here are some fun movie adaptations that will never go out of style.

1. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
2. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
3. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events by 
Daniel Handler
4. Holes by Louis Sachar
5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
7. Hugo - The Invention of Hugo Calbret by Brian Selznick
8. Eloise by Kay Thompson

But only with the stipulation that they must read the book first, then rent a popcorn machine or do it the old fashioned way.  Buy movie candy from the dollar store, order pizza and make it a fun summer event, a couple times a month.

(Backyard Movie Night)

3. Find a Book Charity Program

 (children and seniors connecting over books)

Most children like to feel useful.  Find a program where they're reading to senior citizens in a nursing home, or to smaller children. They may resist it at first, but you'd be surprise the change that can occur once they volunteer their time. 

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