One of my favourite children’s books is called “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. This parody “Goodnight ipad” by Ann Droyd captures the plugged in world that our children live in today humorously and vividly. I found it in the Blackheath Gleebooks and it made me laugh and laugh.
The mother decides she has had enough and bravely does what I have often threatened but never dared and hurls them out the window so that she can get all her children into bed: “Goodnight nooks and digital books, Goodnight eminem Goodnight facebook friend, Good night LOLs Goodnight MP3s, Goodnight LCD Wi-Fi HDTV….” The final picture is of one of the children tucked in bed with a torch and a copy of “Goodnight Moon”.
If you are interested in exploring the benefits of reading, I read this book recently on my ipad Stop what you’re doing and read this! – a collection of thoughtful essays by authors such as Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Nicholas Carr and Maryanne Wolf They are bite-sized and easy to read.
I am now reading The pleasures of reading in an age of distraction by Alan Jacobs, OUP, 2011. It has been well reviewed in Christianity Today. This time, it is a real book, and feels beautiful to hold. Again, I found this in a real bookshop – Gleebooks in Blackheath. Given the choice, I think I would choose real books over e-books any day. My hope is that our children of today are raised in homes where there are real books on shelves that they can take to bed, read with a torch under their covers and cherish and return to again and again.