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Raising readers is just one of the better things about being a parent, especially if you/your partner is a bookworm. That very thrill of picking up a book, flipping through it and losing oneself in the joys of words, images and ideas as they seep into your being is quite unparalleled. Kindle has become almost synonymous with reading today as I am sure you’ll agree.


Gy took to books pretty early, I’d say, maybe from the time I began reading to her when she was an infant. I doubt that she actually understood the words but she’d listen raptly to every story as if she were grasping it all. A part of me hoped that she’d be a reader and fall in love with words the way I had. I didn’t know it then but pretty soon I’d be playing the role of the delighted mom to a relentless bookworm!

When she turned 5, she began reading on her own and a part of me wondered at how effortlessly she’d slipped into this role of a reader. She began with picture books and moved on to flip board books and slowly graduated to thin books such as Dr.Seuss’ magical works followed closely by Spot’s adventures.

From there, it only grew! Soon, she was reading all the time and I found myself pleading with her to go to sleep and finish the book the next day. Secretly though, I was thrilled to know that here was a child after my own heart.

She turned 10 recently and I wondered if the time was possibly right to introduce her to the world of Kindle and e-books. It makes for easier portability for one thing and I can have many books on a single device as opposed to a bag full of paperbacks (although she still carries those too!).

The Kindle App on my Android tab coupled with the 11-inch screen makes for very comfortable reading. So I purchased Ruskin Bond’s The Hidden Pool and called her over to walk her through the features of the Kindle Device.

She was fascinated by so many aspects that she explored them all with interest! The bookmark feature especially excited her and she noted how easily she could add a place marker with the touch of a finger. The font size could be adjusted to her comfort level and she also spent a good ten minutes picking the font type to figure out which she was most happy reading.
Kindle Features

Touching the centre of the screen opens up the menu on the right-top corner and you have the option of adjusting font type, font size, screen brightness and the background screen colour that helps with better readability.

The Page Flip feature is something she found especially fun and kept switching between pages just to play around with it! (It’s also visible in the shot above)

Kindle_Page Flip

She took to the Kindle like a fish to water and the instinctive joy she felt is seen in the way she continued to read sitting up, lying down and resting on her elbows too! She’s also very disciplined though when it comes to screen time and spends about 20-30 minutes total at one stretch.

All told, I’m glad I have a reader in the house and if the Kindle means more reading and expansion of one’s horizons then I am all for it.

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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Aanchal · August 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

My son is 3 and he asks us to put his books also on kindle. He’s a reader and reads his books himself πŸ™‚

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    How sweet Aanchal! I do hope though that he doesn’t spend too much time on the device though. I still advocate minimal screen time, especially for kids below the age of 12. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for reading!

BIkram Mann · August 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm

hmmm you know I have always thought of buying a kindle but somehow never managed to buy one .. I think to start with i need to buy one and start to READ πŸ™‚


    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    Very true, Bikram. I took a long time to warm up to the idea of Kindle myself, since I am more a paper-book person πŸ™‚ But this definitely has some advantages that you cannot ignore.

Lata Sunil · August 30, 2016 at 4:25 pm

I had tried my best to get my boys into reading. Bought the best picture books, read to them and they see me reading all the time. The younger one picked up on the reading. Hope the elder one does too. Thats the best gift you have given to Gy.

    Shailaja · August 30, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Honestly, I think it’s a personal preference after a point of time. I know kids who don’t take to reading at all. I love that this one can lose herself in a book for hours together. Sigh, she’s taken after us both, that way. Don’t worry. I am sure the older one will come around soon. Maybe the Kindle would do it πŸ˜‰

Shilpa Garg · August 31, 2016 at 12:30 am

The love of reading is the best gift that you can give to a child. It is fantastic that Gy has taken to books so early in life. Kindle is the best thing that can happen to readers like us. I was reluctant to read my first book on Kindle and now I am reading more books on Kindle than the physical books.

    Shailaja · August 31, 2016 at 5:35 am

    I know right? I have to break free of my own limitations when it comes to the Kindle, honestly. Gy has taken to it very naturally, the way she did to regular books. I think the timing matters a good deal, especially when it comes to trying out new things. That and age, of course πŸ˜‰

Rachna · September 1, 2016 at 11:11 am

My niece loves her Kindle. As far as I am concerned, I prefer paperbacks and use Kindle App on the tablet otherwise. The elder son reads quite a bit on his tablet. The younger one has only recently started enjoying reading with his Famous Five paperbacks. πŸ˜€ Reading is the best gift for anyone.

    Shailaja · September 1, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I’m like you. Paperbacks first and Kindle App on tablet. Gy is fanatic about books so this was a dream for her. Sticking to most free books at the moment since there are so many of them on Kindle!

Parul Thakur · September 1, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Reading is a great habit to have and I am glad Gy is already on it. When I was growing up, I used to pick Papa’s books and read them. It was so much fun. Sometimes, he used to say Arthur Hailey you can pick next year. Why don’t you read Mansarovar? πŸ™‚

I do not have a Kindle and I am planning to buy one. Most of it for the portability and ease of usage. I don’t have room for a book shelf and now my books are all under the table. So, I am making up my mind and of course fathering funds.
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Obsessivemom · September 2, 2016 at 12:17 pm

I am so happy for you Shailaja. Having a child who reads is a real blessing since you’re free from that dreaded statement, ‘I am getting bored’. Well I have a Kindle and for now all that the kids are going to get is to share it with me occasionally. So I downloaded a Wimpy Kid on mine and have made a separate ‘collection’ for them. I personally like the kindle for its ease of handling.

Jaibala Rao · September 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

S is a big time reader, I get a warm fuzzy feeling every time I see a book in his hand by his choice. I am sure you know that feeling πŸ™‚ So he has graduated to reading Dr. Seuss with minimal help. Eventually I will have to introduce him to a kindle too. Both our book cupboards are overflowing for now.
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Nagalakshmi Suraj · September 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

Kindle reader was supposed to be my husband’s birthday gift but it ended up as my son’s favourite thing and he has been reading on kindle for more than a year now. I have even taken up kindle unlimited membership and he(like me!!) has finished the entire series of particular books. Now I don’t dread the wait times at the doctors appointment or airport or any such places. It is so wonderful and fulfilling and no complaints about the time being spent in front of a screen. I have the kindle app on my android which helps me monitor what he is reading/browsing etc.

    Shailaja · September 18, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Isn’t it lovely when kids take to reading and enjoy it so utterly? I didn’t know about the Android app that helps monitor what is being read on another device! Thank you for that. Will check it out πŸ™‚

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