Are there any parents out there who have thoughts on eReaders for elementary school children?
My daughter has just finished 4th grade and is an avid reader. This year she’s been into Harry Potter, the Roald Dahl collection and classics such as Little Women and Secret Garden.
I’m wondering if this is the year to buy her a Kindle, Nook or other type of eReader.
Our school introduced a summer reading program that is technology based. You can access the program either through an eReader or any computer. This got me wondering if she’s at the right age for an eReader. Many of her peers have iPod touches or phones, but we haven’t gone that route, so this would be her first device. In school they use iPod touches and iPads regularly. I would rather invest in an eReader than a gaming and music device, and I think she’s too young for a full tablet.
I also learned that you can rent eBooks from Roanoke County library, so that will allow her to get books without tapping her piggy bank.
Do you have an opinion about the right age for one of these readers?
And since there are lots of different kinds of devices, what’s the best – Kindle, Nook or something else? Which features are critical for young readers? Please share your experiences.