Children’s Day Book Selection for Kindle

In honor of Universal Children’s Rights Day (“Lapsen oikeuksien päivä” in Finnish, “Giornata mondiale dei diritti dei bambini” in Italian),I thought I’d share a few children’s books that are available on the Kindle and Kindle DX.  I was excited to find some of my childhood favorites among the selection of children’s books for the Kindle.  What a great way to get children excited about reading!

You are all probably familiar with Beverly Cleary’s Ramona the Brave and other Ramona books such as Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona the Pest, Beezus and Ramona and Ramona and Her FatherRamona the Brave follows Ramona at age six. She has to deal with her mom returning to work, starting first grade and sleeping alone in the spooky dark.  And adults thought they had it rough!

Throughout the whole series, Cleary does a wonderful job portraying the relationships Ramona has with her sister Beezus, as well as her classmates, teachers and parents. She does it all with a great sense of humor and imagination. In Beezus and Ramona, the reader gets to hear Beezus’s side of the story.  At age nine, she is responsible for looking after her younger, mischievous four year old sister.  It is tough being the oldest sometimes.  Not to mention, having such a funny name can be a pain sometimes too.

The Magic Tree House series, by Mary Pope Osborne is another delightful children’s series that is available on the Kindle.  This series is a great fit for the Kindle because there are more than 40 books to choose from.  The books in the Magic Tree House transport Jack and his sister Annie to different places in time.  The first in the series, Dinosaurs Before Dark, transports them to the age of the Dinosaurs.  The Knight at Dawn takes them back to the time where Knights and Castles were rulers of the land.  The Magic Tree House books are history lessons, as well as adventurous.  They are great books to start with once children are ready to move up from picture books.

There are few well loved classics that are free on the Kindle such as The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Adventures of Pinocchio.

I hope that soon, Amazon (NASDAAQ:AMZN) will add favorites such as Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, The Tales and of the Fourth Grade Nothing and The Boxcar Children to their list of Kindle books for children.

The New Yorker for Kindle

New YorkerThe New Yorker is available on Kindle for 2.99, and includes the standard 14 day trial Amazon provides for all magazines.

The New Yorker has a very dynamic history full of important figures in the writing and art arena who helped shape the magazine to be what it is today. Based on the Timeline from The New Yorker’s official website, the magazine was founded on February 21, 1925.  It was financially supported by General Baking Company’s Raoul Fleischmann, Dorothy Parker and others.  Rea Irvin drew the cover, a mythical, regency dandy named Eustace Tilley that became the face of the magazine.

In 1926, E.B. White was hired to work at The New Yorker.  He is the author of the beloved children’s book and movie, Charlotte’s Web. Peter Arno began to draw his covers for the magazine that generally consisted of “full page darkwash drawings of wealthy New York men and ample showgirls.”

In addition to E.B. White, other well known writers and poets that contributed to The New Yorker were: F. Scott Fitzgerald who wrote The Great Gatsby, W.B. Yeats, who submitted his poem “Death”, William Carlos Williams and Ogden Nash.  It is fascinating to see the how long many of the contributors stuck with the magazine. We’re talking 40, 50, even 60 plus years.

Saul Steinburg was responsible for the drawing of a New York centered view of the world, which was published in 1976, and defined the magazine following its debut. More recently, The New Yorker has won many awards including National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, Special Interests, Profiles, Essays, and Reviews & Criticism.

The Kindle version of The New Yorker includes all poetry, articles and fiction included in the print version of the magazine.  The Kindle version only includes a selection of cartoons.  The reviews are mixed.  The pros to the Kindle version include the ability to carry around a stack of magazines in just one device.  The cons include navigation issues.  So take your pick.  Are you a traveler and enjoy having a lot of material in one little easy to carry device, or do you value the quality and design of the print edition?

The New Yorker is currently owned by Condé Nast Publications and their stock information is private.