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A new wave of technology is hitting children’s books stores across the nation: Ebooks. Ebooks are books that use various forms of technology with the intention of helping children learn to read. These books are shown on TV to be extremely helpful for children who are old enough to read on their own but may struggle to sound out words on their own. However helpful these book appear to be there is a great deal of controversy surrounding the books.
Many parents think that Ebooks are a great way to engage children in reading and keep reading interesting. Users of Ebooks claim that the books are great tools when a child is learning how to read. Not only can a child read on their own but the book itself will provide assistance if the child stumbles over a word. Some of the books also provide educational games within the book and are interactive make reading time much more fun.
Parents who are opposed to the Ebooks claim that the books hinder a child learning to read rather than help. Parents say that books have the technology to help a child sound out the words but children are prone to use the technology rather than try to sound out the word on their own. Parents also claim that because of the built in games and interactive nature of the books children are much more interested in playing games rather than learning. Parents claim that old fashion interactive pop-up books are more helpful because they are engaging while a child reads.