By Ellie Whyte
Miralee Ferrell talks about this very issue on Fresh Fiction, and has kindly supplied part of the article here, with the opportunity to win a copy of her latest title, a children's book A Horse for Kate, by commenting on the end of this blog post. How do you encourage your children to read? Should we be writing stories for them to read? Are eBooks a good option, since eReader apps can be easily added to their devices, or is a print book preferable? Would love to hear your thoughts!
Do Kids Read Anymore?
By Miralee Ferrell
If you hand a middle-grade child a book, a video game, a tablet, smart phone, or the remote to the TV, which do you think they’ll pick. Of course, it’s totally dependent on the child, but I’m sad to say I think the book would often come in last. The same can probably be said if you make those same offers alongside going outside to play—technology often wins.
I grew up loving to read and play outside with my sisters and friends. We lived in a different age than today—our parents allowed us to play baseball with a group of neighborhood friends in a vacant lot a half-block away without adult supervision, and we often didn’t come home until dark. We rode our bikes down a steep hill in a residential area—and yes, I crashed one time, flipping over my handlebars and landing on the asphalt—but no one ever assaulted us or approached us in an inappropriate way.
But wait—I’m getting off my subject. Kids and books. Do kids read anymore?
Read the full article at Fresh Fiction
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Miralee Ferrell is the author of The Other Daughter and four books in the Love Finds You series, which includes the award-winning novel Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, along with the best-selling novel, Blowing on Dandelions, part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. She recently started writing horse novels for kids, with a four-book series with David C Cook. She and her husband live on eleven acres in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, ride horses, take hikes, and visit with their children and grandchildren.
ELLIE WHYTE is a long-time supporter of Christian fiction and is the founder and owner/operator of Soul Inspirationz // The Christian Fiction Site which relaunched after a 5-year hiatus in January 2013. Ellie also has aspirations for her own writing career, and has begun working on a project set in New Zealand in the 1850s.
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