Put a good book in my hand and I’m a happy girl. Even a halfway decent book will do.
I’ve been like that for as long as I can remember: a lover of books. My youngest caught that book reading bug early and he’ll read anything he can get his hands on.
My older two took a little longer to discover that love of books. And it just took one simple thing.
For my 10 year old, it was the Harry Potter series along with some of the dystopian young adult series like Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner, while my 8 year old starting flying through The Pirate School series after his teacher read aloud the first book to his class at the beginning of the school year.
March is National Reading Month, so this seemed like the perfect time to look into ways to keep my boys reading.
I have to admit that my Kindle used to be mine, all mine, don’t anyone else touch it, that’s what mom reads on. I purposefully got the Kindle e-reader, not the Kindle Fire, because I wanted it to be just for reading.
I had absolutely no idea just how cool Amazon FreeTime Unlimited was and how my kids could use it. I thought it was just something for the Kindle Fire and that it didn’t have much to do with reading. I was so wrong.
Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all in one subscription starting at $2.99 per month that offers unlimited access to hundreds of hand-picked chapter books and early readers, all curated for age-appropriateness, so parents don’t have to spend time and money guessing what their kids will enjoy. (If you have a Fire tablet or Amazon Fire TV, FreeTime Unlimited will give you access to over 5,000 kid-friendly books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows, but our experience was with the Kindle.) Books my boys have added from these selections so far have been Batman books, Harry Potter, and Big Nate and Friends.
The Kindle e-reader is the perfect gift for kids starting to read chapter books, and is designed to make great books as accessible and engaging as possible, with zero distractions. With Kindle, children can look up definitions as they read to build their vocabulary and increase the font size for easier reading.
A really cool feature is Word Wise, which provides short and simple definitions above difficult words as they’re reading along. You can also set goals for how long your child should read each day and check up on their progress.
Well, on the Kindle that my boys share. Because mine is still mine, all mine, but at $79, my kids can have their own.
What books have made your kids excited about reading? What do you love to read?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.