Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The iPad and Children’s Literature

I believe that the iPad, from Apple, has the potential to be—if it is not already—a major platform for storytellers to reach children directly, bypassing the traditional, curated (and slow) publishing cycle.

I used to be the children’s department manager at a Barnes & Noble, my wife is currently the Lead Teacher at the Infant/Toddler Head Start program here where we live, and five of our children have been childcare workers of one kind or another (three still are, one at a Montessori school). We all believe that telling stories to, and with, children, starting when they are very young (even while prenatal), is the single most helpful activity that can be done to facilitate their language development.

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