Posted by Carol Baicker-McKee
|Comparison of book version and ipad version of spreads from The Three Little Pigs illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke|
But I'm starting to realize I was wrong. Picture books are going "e" and I wonder how profound and rapid the shift will be.
|Image on Color Nook from Go Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman|
|Screen shot of the cover of Green Eggs and Ham ipad app|
Another is that the proliferation of ipads and other tablets is leading to the development of more and more picture book apps - a medium that's part book, part game, part animation. (See for example this recent NPR article on children's book apps for the ipad.) More "shiny" choices for kids = more people buying this format rather than traditional books.
I think too that I underestimated the comfort of young parents with sharing their electronics with their kids. In the grocery story now, I nearly always see a mom distracting a fussy toddler not with a cookie but with a game or book app on her expensive smart phone. (I'll also wager that there are teams of engineers right now developing readers aimed at hard-using tots.) And as this other NPR article reflects, today's parents don't feel as awkward as I do about snuggling at bedtime with a device and an interactive app that does all the work rather than a paper and board book that I have to read out loud myself.
So what do you think? Are ebooks going to replace traditional picture books? Do you use them? Love them or hate them?