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What is the Best eReader for Your Child? iPad, Nook, or Kindle

Buyers Beware: Do NOT buy a NOOK!

Buyers Beware: Do NOT buy a NOOK!

Last year for Christmas, my daughter (then eight-years-0ld) received an eReader from her grandparents.  At first, I was not sure how I felt about ebook readers in general, but my daughter, who had been an avid reader up until this point, had been lagging in the literacy department.  Her grandmother thought an eReader would be a great idea, and it was.  It was just what she needed to spark her interest in reading again.  In the course of a year, my daughter read over 100 books on her eReader, that is, until it died this weekend.  This post is motivated by that experience.

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook Reader DO NOT BUY!

The Nook is the eReader my daughter was given.  From the get go, this eReader has been nothing but trouble.  It required registration at a Barnes and Noble store in order to be used, which is a 2.5 hour drive for us (B & N has since corrected this problem).  It repeatedly got stuck and had to be restored to factory defaults.  Quite often, books purchased on the Nook would not open and had to be sideloaded. This is a work around Nook users have come to think of as normal, if you read the forums, but I still find unacceptable.

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Green Children's Literature: Go Out! Go Out!

iphone story about getting kids outside

It is with pleasure that I write this review of special children’s book written by our Green Options colleague and Eco Child’s Play contributing writer Joe Mohr, aka Mean Joe Green!  Not only is Joe a great political cartoonist, he’s a children’s author too.  His new book Go Out!  Go Out! is unique not only because it comes from Joe, but it is also a short book (14 “pages”) designed for your iPhone using istorytime.

From kite-flying to corndog buying, Go Out! Go Out! is a rhyming story that shares a small sample of the wonderful experiences that are waiting for us just outside our own front door.

Joe believes it is important kids get outside, no matter where they live!  I couldn’t agree more, and my family spends most of their days in the great outdoors. [Read more…]