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These days, the books children's authors write must compete with so many distractions - computers, computer games, and fast action movies.to name only a few. And many parents both work, and aren't home after school to make sure TV doesn't become a mind-numbing habit. Yet the love of reading is a pastime that will follow a child throughout their life, offering, fun, knowledge, and a magic carpet ride to many fascinating and wonderful places.

GET 'EM YOUNG!

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If you can manage to be a stay-at-home Mom for a few years, you have a chance to instill in your kids the love of books, reading, and all the delights books offer. That means hard cover, soft cover, e-books, and piles of great books downloaded into an eBook Reader. Remember, you might not be so well versed in computer-ese, but your kids and grand-kids have grown up with them, the same way you grew up with the telephone and the typewriter. Children today are computer savvy. And I firmly believe there is a time and a place for reading every type of book that is published - or will be published in the future. PS: Working Moms can do this too, but it takes more precious time and grit on their behalf.

The idea is for kids to READ. It doesn't matter how, or on what medium the words are printed. Let's expand our reading comfort zone, and give the latest reading technology a try. YEA!! This is the GREEN way to read, and a lot cheaper than the equivalent hard copy.
Go here to read more about e-Books and eReaders.

CHOOSE BOOKS WITH YOUR RELUCTANT READER IN MIND.


Boys particularly, especially those reluctant readers, respond well to books read on a screen - computer, iPod, Kindle, iPad - whatever. Choose books and stories that have lots of action, characters kids will identify with and root for, as well as great writing that sends the sort of message you as a parents approve of. Give books as rewards. Read stories as an acknowledgment of good behavior. Make reading and books a special goal in your family.


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Comment by Margot Finke on October 8, 2010 at 4:46pm
Thanks for your comment. If only there were more Moms like you!! You get a "GREAT MOM" award, mate.

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Comment by Vanita on October 8, 2010 at 12:15am
definitely get 'em young. I was a working mom, 9 to 5, but i instilled a love of reading in my teens when they were 3 and 4. First it was me reading to them, then reading with them, then we'd have an hour of reading time every night when we all read our own books and then the girls told me about what they read. I also made regular trips to the library and barnes and noble. to this day, at ages, 12+ and 14, my girls still read every chance they get while the Wii collects dust (mainly because i haven't been working out, but you know what i mean). :-D
Great posts and great tips!

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