By Marlene Zeman By Marlon Davis | June 12, 2016 9:37am ESTA new guide to kids’ free e-books for children, from preschool to senior school, offers a few suggestions to help parents find the right books for each kid.
In fact, it’s so important to make sure that kids’ e-book options are right for their needs, says Julie Whelan, co-founder of the free ereader startup Bookworm.
The new guide, “Best Free Ebook for Kids” is an ongoing effort to help readers find the best ebooks for their children.
It’s no secret that kids are often frustrated with free ebook options, especially in the first year of reading, says Whelans.
The problem is that kids can’t get their hands on the books they want to read, and many times they just don’t know where to start.
The book, which is being launched in collaboration with the nonprofit Library Journal, focuses on how to find the books that will suit the child’s needs, and which parents can make the most of their kids’ time reading.
“The book is based on my own research on how children learn and understand reading, and is meant to help help parents understand how they can best make their children’s ebooks work for them,” Whelian says.
The best free eBooks for kids include the classics and classic classics, as well as children’s books and nonfiction books that are aimed at young readers.
“I think kids are looking for books that teach them about the world, and there are a lot of books out there that don’t offer that,” Whemans says.
“If you want to know how to create a great reading experience for your child, you can’t find it at the library.
So what I wanted to do is help kids find books that actually teach them the things they’re learning in those books.”
For example, the book includes a section on books about science, including books like The Great Courses, by Jane Goodall and the popular books by Thomas Kuhn and Richard Feynman, and The Mind of a Curmudgeon, by Charles Darwin.
“There are so many books out today that are geared toward young children and children who are learning,” Whesan says.
Whelans says that children who enjoy reading don’t need a book to read; they simply need a way to get through a book without going through a library.
“We want to get kids into books so they’re actually learning about the book they’re reading, rather than just having to wait to see what comes next,” she says.
In addition to the guide, the new book also offers a checklist for parents of preschoolers and senior students to help them navigate the process of finding the best free books for their kids.
“I think there are lots of parents who are frustrated about finding the books for the kids,” Whamans says, “and I think the best thing you can do is look at the free options and make sure you’re getting the best book for the child.”
To learn more about the Bookworm startup, visit www.bookworm.com.