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.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please come back again real soon for more interesting and informative posts.


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About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and receive a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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10 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

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