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Initial post: Aug 10, 2009 3:02:11 PM PDT
Stacy Gilmer says:
Are there very many young (8-12 y/o) readers using Kindles? If so, what type of books are popular? What is a reasonable price for a chapter book for this age range?

I recently (FINALLY) finished a book I've been working on for ten years. Taking a lot of factors into consideration, especially environmental impact, I feel digital publishing is the best method. I don't have a Kindle yet, but I think it is a great format for readers. I would just like some feedback from those of you with children who use the Kindle.

Also, does anyone have any idea whether the major children's hospitals (like St. Jude's or Shriner's) have Kindle readers? Does anyone else like the idea of working on a campaign to supply sick children with ebooks? I'd like to hear your thoughts and suggestions.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 3:19:39 PM PDT
bookcrazy says:
My 10 yr old grandson reads on his mom's kindle everyday and has asked that she get him his own. He reads a variety of things: hank the cowdog, hardy boys and classics to name a few. I dont know pricing but that would be easy to research at the kindle store. I dont know if there are any programs for kids at hospitals.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 3:25:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2009 3:25:33 PM PDT
Jwb52z says:
I think two things to consider, and no, I don't have children, are the maturity level of the child and the genre of the book. Assuming the child in question likes to read without force, those two things are key.

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 4:02:06 PM PDT
P. Pankoke says:
We just gave our one granddaughter an eReader (not Kindle) for her 7th birthday - she is very mature and reads for hours on end - I filled it with books from the Junie B. series, the Cam Jensen series, Horrible Harry series and many free books like the Bobbsey twins, etc.
She's only had it a few days and I do know that she read it all the way home yesterday to IN which is about a 4 hour trip so I guess we bought her the correct present. I wondered if not having the pictures in color would be a problem but it sure didn't seem like it.

Posted on Aug 11, 2009 3:38:48 PM PDT
Stacy Gilmer says:
Thank you for your replies. I am still doing research at this point and I appreciate the input.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 3:10:17 AM PDT
C. Burgess says:
On the topic of children and Kindle - my 11 year old daughter has WRITTEN two novels and published on Kindle!! She would love some similar aged children to read her books and give her some honest feedback. If your children are aged approx 8-12 they may be interested in reading her first shorter novel, 'Backwards'. For slightly older children (or will also appeal to adults) her new book 'Earth Child' may be more of interest. We hope you can support our budding young author!!

Earth Child

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 4:59:15 AM PDT
My 7 year old has a kindle, filled with magic tree house, horrid harry, and roscoe riley rules. All of these books run in the 3.99 range (horrid harry was on sale for 99 cents so we bought a lot of those.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 5:57:22 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 14, 2011 6:09:31 AM PDT
To C Burgess, My grand daughter would love to correspond with your daughter. She is in the process of getting her first book published. She will be thirteen soon. If you are interested, my email is I will see that she gets the email and can write back. Where are you in Australia? We will be in that beautiful country for the fourth time since 2007 in Nov.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2011 9:53:23 AM PDT
judester says:
A few years back Shriners in my area didn't have ereaders, only movies and books but the way digital publishing is growing I can see that changing. As far as ideas for your campaign, to what capacity are you thinking? First obvious step is reader distribution. I wonder what everyone is doing with old readers once they upgrade Kindles to newer version. Donating to childrens hospitals would be an excellent idea!!!

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 11:14:17 PM PST
1avidreader says:
Has anyone had success with using a kindle for children's picture books? Or for children to read independently? There are so many wonderful books for my grand kids,but books are not taken care of properly in their home. I thought buying them on kindle format might solve that particular problem, using a strong protective cover for the kindle.. The kindle seems to have a really good parental control system, which is necessary to prevent it from becoming a glorified gaming device which is why I think it would be better than getting an iPad for the kids.
Does reading a picture book on a Kindle come close to the experience of reading a "real" book for a young child, say 3 years old?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 7:04:29 AM PST
There is no way I'd give a 3-yr-old a Kindle, ESPECIALLY in a house where they don't take care of books.

Maybe consider a LeapPad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 7:15:47 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
If books are not cared for properly, I doubt a Kindle will be cared for.

My great-nephew is 4 years old. He has access to an iPad but he mainly wants to play games on it. My sister still provides him with paper books. Not sure how often you see your grandchildren, but maybe you can teach them how to care for their books.

I don't think the eInk Kindles would be very attractive to 3 year olds because they are not in color. You would need to go with one of the Fires. I think you could buy a lot of paper books for the price of a Fire and a cover. Check out yard sales and thrift stores for used books to save money.

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Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2014 11:51:37 AM PST
1avidreader says:
But does a Leap Pad let you real real e-books or their version of "books"? Why would you not give a three year old a kindle? The mom would supervise the use to avoid rough handling, just has no interest in reading books to the children. Wants to always shove a DVD into the tv or watch tv programs!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:45:54 AM PST
1avidreader says:
Of course a kindle fire would be he only option because of color. I only see my grandchildren once a year, they live in Europe, and English is not their first language. If they lived here, I would shower them with books. It is sadly not a money issue, it is a access issue. I am disabled and not able to travel. The books I send to them do not get read to them and they are torn and scribbled in. I don't mean to dump my family issues on this post, I am trying to explain the situation. Why I am even considering an e-reader for children that SHOULD have access to real books and be read to.
I am trying to figure out a way to record myself reading the books aloud to them so they can listen while looking at the books. I am just not real tech savvy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 10:59:28 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
No problem. I know some grandparents don't have easy access to their grandchildren.
I'm sorry that the children are not being taught the proper way to treat a book and that you are not able to be near them.

There are parental controls on the Fires but you have to have the Fire in your hand to set the controls. The adults in charge of the child could easily turn those off, which doesn't solve your problem.

Maybe someone else can tell you more about the Leap Pad or some other options.

Is there only the one child, who is currently 3 years old? If there are other children, what are the age ranges?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 11:09:32 AM PST
Agent 99 says:
I second the LeapPad suggestion for a three year old. Books can be purchased in cartridge form or from the LeapFrog website. App download cards can be purchased as gifts and then the parents can allow the child to choose books or games from the website for downloading onto the device.

It will take a bit of effort on the part of the parents, but once the books are on the LeapPad then it is perfectly easy for the child to navigate and select. And a LeapPad is rugged and safe for littlies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 11:13:09 AM PST
Some grandparents I know use a video camera to record themselves reading story books for the grands. The digital recording can be emailed, and played back on a pc.

An issue you also need to consider is that kid books available on Kindle here may not be available on Kindle there.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 11:14:58 AM PST
"... books I send to them do not get read to them and they are torn and scribbled in..."

This is *exactly* why I wouldn't give a GLASS tablet to a 3-yr-old in that household.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 11:34:15 AM PST
Something else to consider. If you could adjust your schedule so you are awake, say, an hour before the little one's bedtime, if you and they have Fire HDXs, you could use Skype. That's a program that lets you make phone calls and you can both see and hear the other party. You would be able to read the books to them, and actually talk to them.

Just something to consider.

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 11:47:50 AM PST
1avidreader says:
That is a great idea. I was thinking I had to permanently record, then try to archive recording with the book. Skype would be perfect, I could read each evening, so much better anyway to have real contact. Yes we could both use the Kindle Fires at the same time, their parents would set them up on their end. I don't want anyone to think their parents are against reading books, they just don't place the same value that I do on reading. Also, I could read in English, even if their version of the book was in French (their first language). Your idea simplifies things very nicely and I have no problem being awake at their bedtime. Reading via Skype, easy peasy! This is why a discussion forum is helpful. Thank you, M. Francis. Happy New Year!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 12:03:32 PM PST
1avidreader says:
The children are 7 years old and 3. I know the 7 year old can handle with no problem. Their parents are not bad parents, just busy with less interest in reading than I have. However they would use the parental.controls on the kindle. In fact, they are a lot more tech savvy than I am, he is a computer engineer, lol.
Thank you for your interest in this discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 12:08:11 PM PST
1avidreader says:
That is a good idea, recording via a video camera. I might try it. I did consider the availability of books, and it is amazing that so many are in both English and French translations. No problem with having the same books on both sides of the ocean.
Thank you for your suggestion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 12:11:42 PM PST
You're welcome, and Happy New Year to you and your family, too!
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