Real Books Printed on Paper Still Hold a Place in the Nursery

Well this is encouraging. I’ve jumped into the virtual world of gadgets for an awful lot of things, but I still can’t let go of real books, especially not for reading with kids. And now there’s a study that finds a whole lot of other parents feel the same way I do.

(I particularly like the Dad who says he reads paper books so his kids will know that he’s reading and not just updating his facebook!)


A real big colourful picture book still delivers a bigger sensory punch than the same thing on a screen. Imagine a very young toddler gazing at the pictures, flipping pages, holding the book and turning it all around to admire it, even gnawing a little on the corner… All good exploratory fun and vital in forming a concept in their minds of what a book is.

At that age all those lovely board books are actually toys, sensory toys! Especially pop-up books. A screen can’t deliver that kind of excitement!

Not to mention the thrill of walking into a library, with shelves and shelves and shelves of books. Even the tiny library my home town had simply filled me with awe at the vastness of its reserves. I don’t think scrolling through an ebook catalogue will ever give you that feeling.

It’s just nice to go out in the world and encounter books there.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. littledinosaurbaby
    May 28, 2013 @ 10:35:17

    I so agree with this! It’s the one thing that I’ve requested from family and friends, are classic kids books! Love them and can’t wait to read to my little one!
    Also, feel free to enter the give away that I’m holding on my blog 🙂
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts.


    • Kim
      May 28, 2013 @ 10:51:03

      Oh there’s so much warm nostalgia when you’re reading a book you loved to your young one, plus a lot of deja vu as you scan the children’s shelves in the library! I will definitely check out your blog too – thanks for following mine!


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