Kindle for Children: A Whole New World
Some children are voracious readers. They look beyond the vast size of the Harry Potter or Twilight series and focus on the stories themselves. They see reading as an adventure, and the bigger the book, the bigger the accomplishment. Other children are reluctant readers. They read what they have to for school and nothing else. They see reading as a chore instead of a pleasure. The Kindle has the ability to change that mentality. Readers see the book one page at a time on the Kindle, instead of a large 500 page book. By breaking the book down into smaller chunks, the book is perceived as less intimidating.
On the Amazon Kindle forums, there is a story written by the mother of a young teenager who does not like to read. But once she tried the Kindle, she was hooked. The post on the forum also pointed out the font adjustment feature on the Kindle. Setting it to a larger font size equates to easier reading. Many posters in the forum alluded to the fact that making the font larger does the trick.
Considering that the Kindle is not a book, but a container for many books, kids can find their niche in reading. They have a large selection to choose from. So, if one kid likes fantasy, they can quickly choose Harry Potter, or if another prefers the Chronicles of Narnia, then it is right there as well. The Kindle has great potential to be incorporated into the classroom. Young readers will have vast libraries of books right at the click of a button.