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My little gal loves books. We read at least one quiet time and one at bedtime, although lately that one book has turned into two or three. She takes great care in choosing the children’s book that we are to read. She examines each cover carefully and then triumphantly pulls a book from the shelf, holding it over her head.
Some of her favorites are still board books, which she has memorized from nearly three years of having them read to her. She proudly says each word and then looks at me to make sure she got them all right. We’ve also moved on to some longer books with paper pages. Her favorite this week is the shortened version of Disney’s The Lion King. When we get to certain pages, she asks the same questions, trying to figure out the details of the story. “Why Simba sad?” “Why Scar mean?” “Timon and Simba friends?” I try to explain the various emotions or connections between the characters, and when she is satisfied she says, “Okay, Mommy.” And I continue reading.
I love that she loves books, because I do too. And I want to encourage reading. So when she asked to take her whole library with her on our road trip, I wanted to find a way to bring some of her favorite stories. Obviously, I was not going to fill a whole suitcase with everything from Blue Hat, Green Hat to Splat the Cat. I needed to find a better way.
When I started thinking about it, I noticed that I may already have the answer.
I had owned the original Nook because I loved the idea of being able to bring all of my books with me anywhere. You see, I’m always reading at least two books at a time. I start a non-fiction one, then switch to fiction for a bit, and then switch back. It may sound a little confusing, but it works for me. And having a Nook allowed me to switch books mid-sentence on the morning commute if I so chose.
I got a Nook HD+ last year because it was color and so I could keep up with my magazine subscriptions too. Not to mention Netflix.
But as I was trying to figure out how to bring her books with us, I remembered that the Nook HD also had another feature – Nook Kids! Many of our favorite children’s picture books were made into ebooks especially for the Nook HD. They have features like having the book narrated to the child, little animations put on certain pages, and some books are even interactive. When I started to peruse everything that they offered, I wondered why I hadn’t taken the time to look more closely at the kids’ section earlier.
I found and added Corduroy (a favorite from my childhood) and handed the Nook to my daughter. She liked to swipe her finger across the screen to move to the next page and giggled at the animations. When the last page was read, she immediately looked up at me and said, “Read it again, Mommy?” She loves it as much as I do. I had found my solution!
Now we have a selection of free and paid for kids’ Nook Books on my Nook HD+. She has some of her usual standbys, but we also have found new favorites by downloading samples of things that catch her eye. It’s fun, she gets to take her “books” with her, and I don’t have to carry her library, only my Nook which I take everywhere with me anyway.
If you’re looking for a way to bring your little one’s favorite children’s books on vacation, and maybe even find a few new ones, definitely check out the Nook HD.Photo courtesy of Jomphong on freedigitalphotos.com