From a QZ post:
Science tells us that, when it comes to children’s cognitive development, reading on screens is just as effective as reading on paper. But the parent-child relationship benefits more from story time with a paper book than with a tablet, because the interaction is warmer and friendlier.
A study by University of Sussex psychologists in the UK, published in Frontiers in Psychology compared changes in cognitive, affective, and postural aspects of interaction during shared reading on screen and on paper. The researchers, Nicola Yull and Alex Martin, were interested in how technology impacts shared activities, which is known to influence children’s linguistic and literary abilities later in life.
Video observations of shared reading sessions of 24 sets of British mothers and their kids, ages seven to nine—sometimes with the child reading and at others with the mother reading—revealed that physical book sessions were more lively and loving than shared tablet reading. The researchers also tested for cognitive differences, such as retention, but found none.
From the DBW post:
Amazon announced yesterday that it has launched a new app for children called Rapids, which features “fun, engaging short stories told in a unique chat style.”
The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and a subscription costs $2.99 a month.
The Rapids short stories are illustrated, and what perhaps distinguishes Rapids from similar kids’ reading apps most is that its stories are told through characters speaking with each other one line at a time.
Congratulations to Tablettoddlers’ daughter Hannah Sender on her first published book, “The Story We Wish Was Like Annie.” According to renowned scholar Meaghan Stiman “Hannah Sender captivates her readers with a unique twist on a familiar tale. She tells the story of four orphaned sisters finding love and family through a series of amusing trials and tribulations. Readers can’t help but be drawn into the story by Sender’s engaging and laugh-out-loud funny dialogue. Best of all, she cleverly weaves in the title of the book with her character’s own narrative. This is the sort of wittiness we rarely see from first-time authors. The clear consensus is that “The Story We Wish Was Like Annie” is a must-read in 2016. We all wait in excited anticipation to see what Sender has in store for us in “Perry’s in Paradise.” Here is a link to the ebook, available exclusively in the Amazon Kindle store for $2.99. Enjoy.
Children prefer print books to ebooks for both reading for pleasure and reading for education, a study by reading charity BookTrust has found. Recent research conducted by BookTrust in association with the Open University investigated the use of digital media and ebooks by young children, with particular focus on children’s reading for pleasure and shared reading with their parents at home. It investigated parental reports of practices and the associated perceptions of these practices by parents of zero to eight-year-old children. In total, 1,511 parents of UK children completed the survey.
Lost My Name uses code to create individualized children’s books. Interesting idea. Read more about it in this NY Times article.
Epic! is a fairly inexpensive option for parents and teachers to get children reading. It is available for $4.99 per month outside the classroom, and for free inside it (most, but not all, ebooks are available in the classoom version).
Children can read an unlimited number of ebooks, all of which are streamed, and hundreds more are added each week—everything from picture books to chapter novels to read-to-me ebooks. The platform is also highly personalized for each child, including a recommendation engine that becomes tailored to each child’s taste, as well as options for rating and favoriting ebooks and a log that tracks what ebooks and how much of each the child reads.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has launched Curious World, an online subscription service that offers access to a variety of children’s interactive digital content for $9.99 a month.
Designed for children ages 3-7, the service is available as a free app and website featuring downloadable e-books, videos and games built around HMH brands like Curious George and The Polar Express.
For more, check out this Publishers Weekly article.