Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

This is an excellent question as today’s technology is so important to all of us. I read an interesting and informative post, Study: Books May Foster Bonding Better Than Tablets by Linda Carroll that was published in New Hampshire Union Leader on October 1, 2019.

Here are some excerpts from this excellent post: Parents and children both appear more engaged when stories are read from a book, researchers say.

Toddlers appear to be much more engaged with their parents when stories are read to them from books rather than digital tablets, a new study finds.

It may be that when parents and toddlers engage over a tablet, it might be harder for them to have moments of connection, said Dr. Tiffany Munzer, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who led the study.

Tablets don’t seem to promote the kind of back and forth “behavior that we know is critical for children’s cognitive development,” said Solomon (Dr. Barry Solomon, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of general pediatrics at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

Study posted in New Hampshire Union Leader on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Linda Carroll

Do you purchase books on your tablet, iPad, phone or other device? This study may make you think twice about whether this is a good idea for young children.

In my opinion, I love reading on my iPad or iPhone or Nook or Kindle devices for myself. When it comes to children I always purchase books for them to read. I believe that children love the feel and look of a book in their hands and like to share the illustrations with others.

When I read to my children when they were young we didn’t have tablets or such technology so we only had books. Now that I have grandchildren I read from books to them. Occasionally I read from my iPad to my youngest grandson but I noticed, incidentally, that his attention appeared to wander and wane and I had to grab him in with some funny voices or actions to bring him back. I never thought about the iPad being the culprit. I no longer read from this device to him and always pull out one of his books or one of mine. Ha! I still do the funny voices! He loves them! He does some of his own too!

I still love the feel and, strangely to say, the smell of a new book. The pages are new, smooth, crisp and turn with ease. But my Kindle and Nook devices offer me the ease and space of having many books on one device to take along for trips. Since I am such an avid and fast reader I need to carry several books with me when I travel for a week or more. But I do also take along a physical book or two for a lazy reading day on the beach where there is plenty of light for the small print.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and learned something new about the importance of reading to children from physical books.

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Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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30 Responses to Are Books Better than Tablets for Children?

  1. Jack Eason says:

    Of course they are!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. macjam47 says:

    I read a lot of books on my iPad because it’s easy to take wherever I go. However, I never read books to my granddaughters on the iPad. I want them to touch and smell their books. I love letting them turn the pages and tell me what’s happening in the story.

  3. cav12 says:

    Students learn better from print sources as opposed to reading information from the computer and/tablets. The learning process is different and more tactile. Just saying 😉

  4. This is interesting, Janice. Neither of my boys will read on a tablet. They both insist on real books.

  5. An outstanding post, Janice! I read print books during the day and eBooks evenings. As for my grown children and all of my grands and greatgrands–print books are the ones I purchase as gifts for them. My kindle is convenient when traveling; but to me, there is nothing like turning the pages of a book and having it on my bookshelf or guest rooms to share with visitors and revisit myself. SHARING! Thanks for a thoughtful and thought-provoking post, my writerly friend! ❤ xo

  6. Jack Eason says:

    Reblogged this on Have We Had Help? and commented:
    So long as they’re reading, does it matter???

    • jjspina says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jack! For little ones it does since they like to hold a book in their hands and share with their parents. But all others as long as they read, I agree. 😀

  7. I love my reader but I believe so important for a child to hold a wonderful book in their hands, plus with illustrations, the format is better in print. Will share in Tuesday’s blogger Daily Janice..excellent post..hugsx

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  9. Jim Borden says:

    came across your blog thanks to Sally Cronin. I agree with you, I enjoy reading on my Kindle or phone, but I think kids should be reading from physical books. They already spend enough time using technology.

  10. dgkaye says:

    Kindle is convenient for travel and keeping the weight down in luggage. I think paperbacks are best for young kids to experience the reading from a tangible book. I love paperbacks for anything to do with the craft of writing, easier to use as a reference. But I do love my Kindle. ❤

  11. petespringerauthor says:

    As a longtime teacher in grades 2-6, this one is a no brainer for me. I’d go with books by a mile when it comes to kids. Younger children are comforted by the feel of a book and enjoy revisiting their favorite pages multiple times. There isn’t anything wrong with embracing technology, but my observations are that younger children will stick with a book much longer than a Kindle. As children get older, I don’t think it is quite so important.

  12. Very relevant I agree with you on this

  13. jjspina says:

    Thank you for your thoughts, Luciana! I totally agree! 😘🤗

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