The Top 7 Great Reasons to Use EBooks for Kids

An eBook is a book in an electronic format that is downloaded to a computer, laptop or PDA. It looks exactly like a book and has numbered pages, pictures, graphics and a table of contents. As the world becomes obsessed with electronic gadgets, eBooks are gaining popularity amongst adults and children.

Most kids love to play video and computer games, so introducing them to the world of eBooks should be a simple progression. Children love interacting on the computer and they can do this while reading an eBook. This allows them to see books in a totally new light.

eBooks can be books that your children read on their own, or they may be books that you read aloud to them together. They can be found in novel format, fiction, non-fiction and animated picture books. There are also a number of online book sites to open the world of reading to your child at an early age. The following are seven great reasons to use eBooks for kids.

1) Introduces Them to the World of Technology – Reading an eBook allows you to teach your child how to utilize today’s technology. Kids are obsessed with electronic gadgets and will be thrilled to learn how to use the keyboard. This is also an excellent way to give your kids a head start and prepare them for entering school.

2) Colorful Display and Pictures – eBooks for kids promotes learning through its vibrant colorful and picture display on the computer. It also holds their interest for a longer period of time.

3) Click on a Link – eBooks provide links to additional information and is an excellent tool for added learning. If they are unsure of a word or would like to learn more information, they can click on the link and gain additional knowledge. This is an excellent way to make learning fun.

4) Save a Tree – You can teach your child the importance of saving the environment by utilizing ebooks. The books are downloaded safely to your computer and cutting down trees is not a requirement to manufacture a book.

5) eBooks for Kids Can Be Read Anywhere – If you and your child find yourselves with unexpected free time, an eBook can come in handy. This is especially true if your eBooks are downloaded to a PDA and you can carry it with you at all times. eBooks are an excellent way to keep your child occupied with entertaining educational materials and not seek out mischief.

6) Indestructible – Traditional books can tatter, fade and tear. eBooks for kids can last for decades and be passed down from generation to generation. They are also easily transported and shared with others.

7) No Waiting – eBooks for kids can be delivered almost immediately. You can show your kids how easy it is to purchase an eBook, download it and begin to read it within a matter of minutes. You don’t have to go to the bookstore or wait for them to arrive in the mail either.

Reading to children at an early age benefits them into adulthood. eBooks for kids will help keep them interested in reading. This will also help them be better equipped during their job seeking years and have a brighter outlook for their future.

15 Top Christian Books For Children

One way to instill Godly principles in your children is to read them Christian books from an early age. Even babies and toddlers benefit from hearing God’s truth on a daily basis, and colorful picture books are a great way to expose them to biblical principles.

As editor of Christian Children’s Book Review, I see a lot of books published for children of Christian families. Some are ho-hum at best, but here are a few gems that no family should be without.

Adeline by Kathryn Rathke. In this delightful tale, a little girl who loves Valentine’s Day learns a lesson about the ultimate Valentine: God. For kids 4 and up. (Baker Books, 2004)

Bible Animal Friends by Matt Mitter. With vivid illustrations, googly eyed animals, and rhyming text reminiscent of well-loved nursery rhymes, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers will love this volume. This book is a great way to start introducing Bible stories like Balaam and his donkey, the Egyptian plague, how ravens fed Elijah, and more. (Multnomah, 2007)

Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers by Joey Allen. This is actually a series of four books: The Scripture, The Gospel, The Trinity, and The Mission. Here is intelligent talk about what the Bible and specific Christian tenants are, explained in a way that young children (ages 3 to 7) can understand-and enjoy. (New Leaf Press, 2005)

God’s Wisdom for Little Girls by Elizabeth George. If you have a girl, one of the key things you can teach her is what a Proverbs 31 woman is. George does an excellent job of explaining this important passage to 5 to 8 year old girls. (Harvest House Publishers, 2000)

I Can Talk with God by Debby Anderson. When it comes time to teach your children how to pray, this book is an excellent tool. The pictures are bright and colorful, and the truths of how to pray (and how God might answer) are told in an engaging, fun way. For kids 2 to 5. (Crossway Books, 2003)

I’d Be Your Hero and I’d Be Your Princess by Kathryn O’Brien. For children 4 to 8 years old, these books (one designed for boys, the other for girls) explain Godly characteristics and how important they are. I’d Be Your Princess won the Gold Medallion Book Award in recognition of excellence in evangelical Christian literature. (Standard, 2004 and 2005)

Little Girl’s Bible Storybook and Little Boy’s Bible Storybook by Carolyn Larsen are excellent choices for kids 6 to 9. Each tells Bible stories in an appealing fashion, and there are study sections throughout to help kids understand important biblical concepts. Best of all, there are ideas for parents on how to discuss these concepts with their children. (Baker Books, 1998)

Little One, God Made You by Amy Warren Hilliker. I began reading this book to my daughter when she was an infant. Now she’s two, and she still loves it! The text is extremely simple and establishes one important fact: God made you and loves you just the way you are. For children 4 and under. (Zonderkidz, 2004)

Little One’s Bible Verses by Stephen Elkins is a superb way to introduce even the youngest babies to God’s word. With sweet illustrations of children and babies, plus notable quotes from Psalms, this is an excellent first “Bible.” (Broadman & Holman, 2003)

Parables Jesus Told by Ella K. Lindvall. In simple words and colorful images, this book retells five parables, ending each with a brief explanation of how to apply the story to real life. The book is designed for 4 to 8 year olds, but many younger children will enjoy it, too. (Moody Publishers, 2000) Sidney and Norman, the Tale of Two Pigs by Phil Vischer. Pigs Sidney and Norman are opposites. One is messy, the other neat. One seems to always succeed, the other never does. Then they both meet God. One pig learns that God loves him just the way he is, while the other learns that God loves everyone…even messy neighbors. (Tommy Nelson, 2006)

The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones is an ideal Bible for kids 4 to 8, detailing 43 stories from Genesis through Revelation. Each story in some way relates to Jesus and who he is, giving children the big picture of what God is all about. The text is engaging, as are the illustrations. (Zonderkidz, 2007)

The Lord is My Shepherd by Hans Wilhem. The greatness of this book is its simplicity. The text of Psalm 23-one of the most beautiful and comforting passages in the Bible-is paraphrased in kid-friendly language that clings closely to a modern translation. This book is another great way to introduce even the youngest children to the Word of God. For babies on up. (Scholastic, 2007)

Wait Until Then by Randy Alcorn. Any parent who wants to explain what happens to us when we die, how to deal with the death of a loved one, and how to cope with serious disappointment will want to read this book with their child. Beautifully written and illustrated, for kids 9 to 12. (Tyndale, 2007)

Will: God’s Mighty Warrior by Sheila Walsh. Very few Christian books are targeted specifically to boys, so Will is a welcome addition. For 4 to 8 year olds, this book teaches children about the armor of God in a kid-friendly way. (Thomas Nelson, 2006)

Children’s Books: Top Ten Chapter Books (Ages 7-9)

Unlike picture books for younger readers, a chapter book tells the story more by use of prose than just illustrations. Unlike books for older readers, chapter books usually contain a varied number of pictures but also more words than a standard picture book. The name refers to the fact that the stories are often divided into brief chapters. This offers children opportunity to stop and then continue reading if there’s an interruption or their attention span is not long enough to finish the book in one sitting. Chapter books are usually works of fiction but also extend to non-fiction. Page numbers vary but are lengthier than the typical 32-page picture book.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg: Claudia lives a typical life in the suburbs, but she despises it. She doesn’t feel that her parents truly appreciate her for who she is or could be. She dreams of departing to somewhere breath-taking and elegant. She finally chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and drags along her younger brother, Jamie. Living in the museum they get wrapped up in a mystery surrounding a statue that was conceivably created by Michelangelo. In their quest to discover more about the sculpture, Claudia meets the unbelievable Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler -the woman who first gave the statue to the museum. Through this experience, Claudia discovers more about the statue, but, much more important, she learns more about herself.

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster: One day, a listless young boy named Milo is given a magic tollbooth, through which he decides to drive in his toy car. The tollbooth then transports him to the Kingdom of Wisdom, where he experiences many fantastical adventures, including a quest to rescue two princesses, Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason. The author includes loads of puns, and curious idioms (i.e. Milo literally jumps to the Island of Conclusions) that add a double layer of entertainment for readers.

Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan: A quiet, widowed farmer with two children–Anna and Caleb–advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb–whose mother died during childbirth–is fearful that she’s gone for good. But she returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine, and to explain that, though she misses her home, she would miss them more. The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl: Charlie lives in the poorer part of town with his mother and both sets of grandparents. Their town is the kind in which you’re always caught wondering why it hasn’t collapsed already. Willy Wonka’s mysterious Chocolate Factory rises high above the village. It appears to have absolutely no personnel running it, yet it is still churning out scads of the most tempting chocolate candy. One day there is an announcement that buried in several chocolate bars there will be a golden ticket. This ticket will allow the fortunate recipient entry into Wonka’s factory. Inside the factory one finds the weirdest cast of characters and wacky inventions every witnessed by modern man. This is a top favorite.

Holes, Louis Sachar: Stanley Yelnats great-great grandfather was cursed, so his grandson, Stanley, has the worst luck imaginable. After being accused wrongfully of a crime, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, a correctional facility. At this sick facility, under the watch of a brutal warden, the boys are forced to dig holes in the dirt under the raging sun all day. Eventually the boys catch on to the fact that the warden is searching for something specific. As the plot develops, three different sub-plots intertwine as Stanley tries to figure out what the warden is searching for so desperately and why she wants it so badly.

Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinolli: The parents of Jeffery Magee die in a trolley when a drunk driver collides with them. At only three years of age, Jeffery is trundled off to live with his strict Aunt Dot and Uncle Dan, who it seems are always arguing over something, even over the boy. When Jeffery is old enough, he runs away. Eventually he finds himself about two hundred miles away in a town that is divided based on race and color. It is here that he earns the nickname Maniac and you will soon find out why. His physical feats become legendary and he has not built ugly racial boundaries.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jeff Kinney: Greg is suddenly introduced to the perils of middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, nastier, and already shaving. His mom makes him start keeping a diary, and he does it in spite of misgivings.

Greg is a soul in conflict: he wants to do right, but the budding drive for status and girls seem to tempt him unduly. He wants to be a winner in the popularity race (where he thinks he’s ranked 52nd or 53rd), but there is always an obstacle that trips him up. Readers cheer Greg on because he is vulnerable and they identify with his struggles, even though he is oblivious to his gaping weaknesses.

Boxcar Children, Gertrude Warner: This book was written decades ago, but they story has stood the test of time. It’s amazing how many, now adults, tell how this book made them into avid readers. And they have passed the series on to their own children. The tale is of four children who travel in an empty boxcar without parental supervision, a captivating storyline for children constantly reined in and directed by adults. Somehow the children find ways to survive through happenstance or ingenuity.

Frindle, Andrew Clements:Nick Allen once again gets his teacher upset and she assigns him to do an extra report on how new words are added to the dictionary. Suddenly this triggers the best idea ever for Nick. He coins his own new word “frindle.” His new word annoys his teacher mightily. The war of words escalates–resulting in after-school detention, a home visit from the principal, national publicity, even money-making for local entrepreneurs, and, finally, the addition of frindle in the dictionary. Amazing!

Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson: Jess Aarons dreams of being the fastest runner in fifth grade. He practices all summer running out in the country fields. Then a tomboy named Leslie Burke moves into the farmhouse next door and she can run. After getting over of being beaten by a girl, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay. The two create a secret kingdom in the woods named Terabithia, where the only way to get into the castle is by swinging out over a gully on an enchanted rope. Here they are king and queen, fighting off imaginary giants and the walking dead, sharing dreams, and planning revenge on nasty kids. Jess and Leslie find solace in the sanctuary of Terabithia until a tragedy strikes and the two are separated forever. An important book about loss.

Matilda by Dahl and Stone Fox by Gardiner also come highly recommended.