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.

Kids Books Going Digital

As of today, 6/16/2010, Random House’s Magic Tree House series, a childrens’ staple since 1992 by Mary Pope Osborne has been released for the Kindle.  All 43 books in the amazingly popular series are now up for sale in the Kindle Store as I write this, with the 44th already available for preorder, anticipating its September 14th release.

The Magic Tree House series has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, been translated into 28 languages, and distributed in 31 countries over the course of its life cycle so far.  It is a widely acknowledged tool in promoting childrens’ literacy and can be(and often is) coupled with Random House-distributed educational material related to the stories for use in classrooms as a teaching aid in any number of subjects.

Much publicity has focused on what the Kindle can do on college and high school campuses, but this brings useful attention to the fact that an eReader with a properly durable case, perhaps even a library’s worth of them, could easily enhance the learning experiences of children at any age.  The Text-to-Speech feature is helpful for any struggling reader and the ability to vary the font size can make a text more approachable for easily overwhelmed young readers still unsure of their ability.  Clearly a step in the right direction.