Welcome to the March Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Discovering through Books
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants have investigated what role books have played in their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
As I watch my daughter happily tap on the Ipad I received for Christmas but didn’t get to use, I can’t help but wonder: do we still need books? One cannot argue with the fact that books are much less convenient then their digital counterpart: they take up space, gather dust, create waste and chip into our precious natural resources.
Personally, I read a lot more digitally then I do in print, and I’m an avid reader. I can imagine shifting more and more towards digital reading (if I ever get hold of that Ipad), for numerous reasons, but most importantly because carrying an Ipad is so much lighter than a bag full of books, and it carries more than one bag, and this is an important issue for frequent movers like we are.
Obviously we have quite a road to travel until there’s a digital reader in every house, there’s the issue of cost, and availability of internet, and these are just a couple of factors that would stunt their repartitions, I’m sure we could think of many more.
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But there’s something magical about cuddling up with your child and reading an actual book, about lounging under a tree with a god novel... the crisp of the paper, the smell of the ink...
As any technology, books will continue to exist next to digital readers, they’ll just find their space and maybe new, niche usages. Though from an environmental perspective - with the upcoming of digital readers - it is up to us, the consumers, to spend our dollars wisely when it comes to printed material. Do continue to buy lovely children’s book, and get that novel you so desire, but save some paper by getting your magazines and journals online or in a digital subscription... this way, we’ll all benefit from our natural resources a little longer.
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Books and Play — MudpieMama at The Positive Parenting Connection is sharing a fun play based activity that enhances reading comprehension, vocabulary and attention.
- Using Literature to Talk with Your Child About Money — Pam from The MoneyTrail Blog shares her 12 favorite stories to initiate conversations about money with your child.
- Reconnecting Through Reading — Reading aloud with our children has its many rewards, from increased vocabulary and reading skills to creative thinking and problem solving skills. At Living Peacefully with Children, reading is also a time to reconnect at the end of the day.
- It’s a Book Party — Valerie at Momma in Progress shares a fun way she encourages reading at her house.
- The Importance of Storytelling — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses the importance of storytelling as well as how to select a book worthy of reading with your young child.
- I Love Books! And I Hope My Daughter Does, Too. — Becky at Old New Legacy shares ideas and experiences in her attempt to raise a bookworm.
- The Wonderful World of Children's Books — Carrie @ LoveNotesMama shares her enthusiasm and adoration for the joys and gifts that children's books bring.
- Books, Have They Become Obsolete? — Laura at Authentic Parenting investigates wether there's still room for books in this modern world of internet and digital readers.
- Books and Unschooling a Preschooler — Lauren at Hobo Mama follows her four-year-old's lead through mummies, digestion, and whale sharks.
- Beyond Reading: How Books Help Us Live and Learn — Sheila of A Living Family describes how, more than helping her children learn to read, books help her family live and learn together.
- Once Upon a Time, There Was a Princess With a Career Plan... — Helen @ zen mummy wonders how - and if - the tales our children hear influence their future